This year autumn begins on 22 September 2020 and ends on 21 December 2020. The astronomical calendar determines the seasons due to the 23.5 degrees of tilt of the Earth’s rotational axis in relation to its orbit around the Sun.
UK weather: Autumn will be late, but it will bring a bumper crop
2013 was a wet summer
Autumn is set to be late this year, but when it arrives it should bring a bumper crop of fruits and berries in the countryside.
The autumn fruiting is expected to be delayed as a result of the late spring, but the recent warm weather means wild berry crops will flourish, according to early data collected by the Woodland Trust.
The forecast for autumn comes as the Met Office promises a return to the warm weather this week.
Temperatures will remain around 22C (71.6F) with thundery showers, rain and sunny spells until Wednesday. There could even be localised flood and transport disruption due to the downpours..
But Thursday will see warm air arriving from the south temperatures reaching back up to 26C (78.8F) or higher” in the South East in sunny spells between cloudy periods.
The warm weather is all helping autumn fruits to ripen in time for the late bumper harvest.
Dr Kate Lewthwaite, of the Woodland Trust, who manages a public survey known as Nature’s Calendar to gauge what is happening with the weather, said already people are noticing lot of berries.
“Although our records suggest that autumn fruiting will be late this year due to the delayed onset of spring flowering, if the warm weather interspersed with occasional wet spells continues, this should mean the fruiting of shrubs like bramble, rowan and blackthorn is abundant.
“Wildlife species will no doubt benefit from a bumper crop, and finally fruit-eating birds and mammals will be able to enjoy an autumn feast.”
Dr Lewthwaite said the bumper autumn is good news for wildlife, which suffered in the face of exceptionally poor crops of wild fruit last year when trees and shrubs were affected by the washout summer, and then were hit by this spring’s cold snap.
Records for 16 species of trees and shrubs collected since 2001 show that 14 including beech, holly and brambles or blackberries last year saw their worst season for fruiting since the turn of the century, with many recording only meagre crops.
“Last year, birds and mammals suffered some of the poorest fruiting crop in years and this, coupled with the prolonged cold snap in spring, meant that many species had to endure a long period without a decent food supply.”
The Met Office said there was “plenty to be optimistic about” this year, with warmer-than-average temperatures expected to continue in the South next weekend before showers are expected to die out with warm, dry weather in the South in the week leading up to the start of the August 29th Bank Holiday weekend.
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