REVIEW: A look back at summer 2015 on Merseyside


Summer 2015 did not start off bad at all, the end on June and beginning of July we recorded temperatures of 31.4C on Wirral due to air spreading North from Spain.

The UK overall had its hottest day in 9 years with London recording a top temperature of 36.7C, this was hotter than Miami, Indonesia, Beijing, Brazil, Barcelona, Ibiza and Athens.

Black Pearl in New Brighton on Wirral's hottest day of the year
Black Pearl in New Brighton on Wirral’s hottest day of the year

There were train delays and cancellations as Network Rail imposed speed restrictions as they feared metal tracks could buckle under the searing heat.

The Met Office also put the UK on a level 2 heatwave warning as the elderly were at risk to health problems due to the warm weather.

The sunny weather meant beatiful sunsets, you sent in some stunning pictures throughout the summer, you can look at some of the best here.

Liverpool Sunset - @ustvmad
Liverpool Sunset – @ustvmad

The nice weather for Wirral & Merseyside seemed to stop there, the most sun we would see after our July hot spell would be the odd day of 20C sunshine – which is the usual average summer conditions for the time of year.

Rain and cloud mostly dominated the weather through the summer and spectacular thunderstorms lit up our skies in August:

Out of the August thunderstorms, dramatic storm stories were emerging, non more dramatic than the lightning bolt that nearly hit a Wirral petrol station: 

Other weather stories that ran on our website through the summer was the Tornado spotted in Liverpool and the RARE Supermoon Halo spotted on Wirral in August.

Just as summer was drawing to a close Wirral was once again in the headlines due to the weather.

On the 1st and 2nd September more than 45mm of rain fell in two days, which meant rivers burst its banks, roads were closed and houses were flooded.

To end Summer 2015 with a bang and not the one associated to thunderstorms, we created this stunning video of New Brighton Beach that went on to appear in the Press: