The Scottish weather has long been a source of material for comedians, professional and amateur alike. And those of us in Glasgow know that rain during the Glasgow Fair holiday in July is not just a possibility but something to be expected.
So it was with amazement that I read reports stating that Scottish Water was warning of droughts in several places.
Drought in Scotland? A lack of water in a country where it rains far more often than any of us would like? A country that is surrounded on three sides by water? Surely that is the very definition of mismanagement. How would they cope if we actually had something approximating summer weather?
But all is well, we are told this morning. Apparently yesterday’s heavy rain has brought our reservoirs back up to their normal level.
Which begs the question, does Scottish Water watch the weather forecast? I knew it was going to rain yesterday. In fact, there were no less than 17 flood warnings in place across the country. There’s a fair chance it will rain today. And the forecast for next week doesn’t look too good either.
So surely those who are paid to manage our water supplies should be aware that there is likely to be a fair amount of the stuff falling from the skies?
The Met Office, though is on top of things. Spokeswoman Sarah Holland said, “Just because it is summer doesn’t mean we can’t expect regular rainfall.”
Now I’m heading out on an overcast July morning. Must remember to take an umbrella.