Decade of dismal summers forecast meets sceptical reaction from Skegness hoteliers

A decade of wet British summers could be on the cards.
A decade of wet British summers could be on the cards.

A decade of damp, dismal summers, like those which have hampered trade for Skegness hoteliers over recent years, has been forecasted by weather experts.

Meteorologists discussing the regularity of disappointing British summers at a climate conference yesterday warned that shifting patterns over the Atlantic could spell more bad news for the UK tourism industry.

Skegness East Coast and Wolds Hoteliers Association chairman Nigel Tett says he is sceptical of such long term forecasts though he does believe the town must breakaway from its reliance on the weather, which has been ‘caning’ trade for many in the town of late.

“They seem to struggle with 10 days of weather predictions let alone 10 years - it’s as clear as fog,” he said.

“I think we are starting to see a greater move towards weather resilient attractions such as the covered area between the pier and Bottons amusements and I would like to see Lumley Road improving too.

“I would like to see the pedestrianisation idea revisited and in the long terms, there’s no physical reason why we couldn’t have a roof over Lumley Road.”

Mr Tett has previously reported that the poor weather was ‘caning’ trade for hoteliers, warning that some could close without an improvement.

Speaking at a recent Skegness and District Chamber of Commerce meeting he said: “Overall it’s not a pretty sight - the weather is caning us once again.”

In an attempt to explain the UK’s run of unusual seasons, including the record-breaking rainfall of summer of 2012 and this year’s cold spring, Professor Stephen Belcher, head of the Met Office Hadley Centre, said: “Ultimately what we’ve seen in each of these seasons is shifts in the position of the jet stream, which impact our weather in certain ways at different times of year.

“They key question is what is causing the jet stream to shift in this way?

“There is some research to say some parts of the natural system load the dices to influence certain states of the jet stream, but this loading may be further amplified by climate change.”

Six of the last seven UK summers have suffered above average rainfall, with many also experiencing below average temperatures and sunshine.

Experts at yesterday’s workshops held at the Met Office’s Exeter headquarters warned that the weather cycles behind such phenomena are long term, operating over a decade or more.

However, while the investigation suggested greater odds of wet summers, it didn’t rule out the possibility of decent summers over the next few years.