We’re sure you’ll all have the seen the weather forecast by now. But just in case you haven’t it’s going to be hot! A return to summer proper if you will during the next few days. Having been rather autumnal of late, depending on where you’re located in the UK, there’ll be a blast of warm southerly air pushing up from the equator. This should extend all the way north to Scotland. Air temperatures in the south may hit mid-30s, so toasty it will be!
Why are we reporting this? Simples. From a stand up paddle boarding point of view it’ll be perfect conditions for getting afloat. We appreciate many new SUPers are still fair weather – no criticism. With that in mind fair weather you’ll be delivered, mostly, through today (Thursday July 30) and into the early part of the weekend. Tomorrow (Friday July 31) is when the warmest air will filter across so best to make the most of it if you can. Come Saturday afternoon, whilst by no means cold, it’ll revert back to what we’ve been experiencing of late.
So! Time to saddle up and get the kit ready for some (hopefully) sublime summer SUP. Check the Met Office weather trend vids below for the full picture.
Why have we been talking about the weather in recent posts? Mainly because we appreciate not everyone will look at forecasts, and interpret them, in the same way as more experienced paddlers. For instance, this week looks set to be cool, with a degree of rain but (mostly) light winds. Some may hear the word ‘cool’ and think it isn’t a time for SUP needing, instead, wall to wall sunshine and hot temperatures. This isn’t actually true. Stand up paddle boarding weather in the UK is a temperamental mistress to say the least, which is why there’s plenty of apparel available for when conditions are less than ideal. Technical SUP wear will keep you insulated and out there even when it’s not Med-like. And let’s be honest, this is UK summer time so even with a spot of moisture in the atmosphere it’s relatively warm and as such you shouldn’t be deferred. If you’re working up a sweat whilst SUPing then it’ll serve to cool you down as well.
But back to actual weather and broadly winds will be light going by Met Office predictions. And the good news is thermometer readings look likely to rise again come the weekend. So if you’re really fair weather then there’s light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak.
If you have any questions about paddling in ‘weather’ and what technical SUP apparel may benefit your paddling then get in touch.