Indian summer – what’s all that about?
Well the recent good weather certainly reminded me of what these unseasonably warm and hazy conditions in autumn are all about!
Now the term Indian Summer has nothing to do with the south-east Asia continent, but rather the reference began to emerge in the 18th century with North American Indians who were considered the first to witness and comment on these meteorological conditions. The North American Indians - native Americans - who lived on the eastern seaboard used to depend on extended periods of fine, quiet, sunny weather at this time of the year to complete their harvest and to put together stores of food to see them through the long, cold winters.
The north-eastern US is well known for the combination of high temperatures and high humidity levels during the summer, often starting in June and not subsiding until September.
In the UK, weather observers knew of the American description from the mid-19th century onwards, but the expression did not gain wider usage until the 1950s.
Ms J Grucela
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