In Scotland we are still waiting for summer to arrive. And it is more than a little galling to hear of the high temperatures in the south of England, or to see media headlines talking erroneously of a UK heat wave.
But there are difficulties associated with temperatures that reached 32C in the south on England. As well as avoiding sunburn and watching their gardens wilt, southerners are now facing travel disruptions – because of the good weather.
Heat on overhead power lines caused the cancellation of trains from London Liverpool Street to Suffolk, and from Essex to London yesterday.
The National Express East Anglia hourly service from London to Ipswich was cancelled from 12:02 yesterday, while others terminated at Colchester. And the Southend to Liverpool Street line was also hit with a total of 35 trains affected.
National Express East Anglia said: “Due to high temperature on Monday 27 June, speed restrictions have been imposed due to the design of the overhead line equipment.
“This equipment is subject to major renewal which will prevent the need for speed restrictions in the long term.”
A Network Rail spokeswoman said speeds were being reduced on the London to Norwich Great Eastern line from 90mph to 80mph and could be further reduced to 60mph “in the hottest part of the day”.
Surely equipment should have been designed to cope with temperatures that are not exactly tropical?
Trains have in the past had difficulties with snow and ice and, famously, the wrong sort of leaves on the line. It now seems that sun can be added to the list of events that can disrupt our public transport services.
Still, it’s something we are unlikely to have to worry about too much north of the border.