Temperatures set to soar in Derbyshire - what is an Indian Summer?

Derbyshire looks to be on the cusp of what is known as an “Indian Summer”. So how should you prepare for it?

Monday, 6th September 2021, 11:31 am
Updated Monday, 6th September 2021, 3:09 pm

What does the term “Indian Summer” mean?

An Indian Summer is a period of unseasonly hot and humid weather that takes place during the autumnal months. It usually occurs in October and November, but it has been known to happen in September, too.

The term is believed to have been coined in 1851, though some sources claim it dates back as far as 1778. It references Native Americans, who would use the heat to prolong their hunts.

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Roanne and Arthur Stacey and friends enjoy the sun in Chesterfield Queens park.

Unusual bouts of warm weather outside of summer have different names across the globe. In Germany and Austria, it is known as a “Altweibersommer” which translates as “old women’s summer”.

Is it dangerous?

An Indian Summer is no more dangerous than any other heatwave – it’ll only be a problem if you’re not ready for it.

However, because it comes during an unexpected time, it’s easy to wander into it unprepared. Wear sun cream, remain in the shade if you can and stay hydrated.

Just because it’s September, it doesn’t mean you can’t get a nasty sunburn!

How long will it last?

The spike in the temperature is set to last until Wednesday, though it will remain hotter than normal for around two weeks afterwards.

Indian Summers do not last very long as a rule of thumb. In Bulgaria and Serbia, these periods are called “poor man’s summers” due to their short length.

So, make use of the warm weather while you can – it’ll be gone before you know it.