Will the rain gods be kind to us today? These are words I thought I would never hear from a weathercaster, such is our forecasters’ fixation on sun and drought.
But they did so as new records were set amid scorching temperatures and a garden hose ban for us here in Pembrokeshire and parts of Carmarthenshire.
Uninterrupted summer sunshine may be good news for vacationers, but disastrous for farmers, producers and water companies.
For farmers anxiously obsessed with the forecast, it can be tiresome to be assured by a gleeful weathercaster that any ‘chance’ of rain is unlikely and that Wales will once again enjoy clear blue skies and sunny weather. a scorching sun.
I sound like Mrs Miserable and I know that presenters can’t control the weather any more than any of us, but for balance reasons and a nod to the current situation, maybe less insist on the “sun is good, rain is bad” mantra?
Farmers are in serious trouble unless the skies open up, with rainfall in parts of Wales at its lowest in nearly two decades.
The lack of rain is pushing farmers to make tough decisions about what to do with their animals. Some destock because they are already feeding the fodder they had stored for the winter.
Grass growth in parched pastures has been reduced, forcing our herders to purchase additional feed or dip into their winter supplies, adding to financial pressures at a time of sharply rising prices.
A long period of dry weather causes great stress, especially with a nationwide feed shortage.
On the upside, arable land producers saw record early finishes for their crops; the long dry spell caused grains to ripen earlier than expected, with no rain delays, allowing some farmers to finish their grain harvest earlier than ever.
And it’s probably the easiest haymaking season for many years.
But here’s the thing about the weather. It’s unpredictable. Chances are the rain is falling now as you read this. Let’s hope so, I say.