Jenny Gunn MBE, England and Nottinghamshire cricketer, has written a guest blog for the Met Office about how the weather impacts cricket and how she and her team mates prepare for matches in different weather conditions.
'As a cricketer, I am very fortunate that I get to travel the world and visit some really interesting places with different climates. Before a tour, obviously we do a lot of training to prepare ourselves for the cricket itself - technical, tactical, mental and physical - but there's other preparation to be done that maybe you wouldn't necessarily expect...
Before we went out to Australia for our Women's Ashes series (the biggest contest in cricket, between England and Australia) in January we needed to try to pre-acclimatise for the conditions that we would be met with - from training during an English winter to playing in a hot Perth summer! Fortunately, the National Cricket Performance Centre at Loughborough University, where we do the majority of our training, has advanced climate control facilities, and we trained for months ahead of the tour with the heating on full blast! It definitely made the training hard, but in reality nothing was ever going to fully prepare us for the conditions once we got out to Perth. We were playing in 47 degree heat at the WACA, and I'm pretty sure that the girls running drinks on for the four days probably felt like they did more work than the players on the field! Winning the Test match in Perth was an amazing achievement, and I'm sure part of it was down to how we'd prepared for the heat and handled it so well.
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With National Fishing Month running from 18 July to 31 August what better way to spend some time outdoors enjoying summer. A chance to learn a new skill and spend some time with family or friends, there are hundreds of events across the country to encourage children and families to give fishing a go. Whether you fancy giving fishing a go at a National Fishing Month event near you, or are already planning a fishing trip, remember to buy a rod licence.
In this guest blog Paul Lidgett from the Environment Agency explains why he loves fishing and how he has shared this passion with his children, ensuring fishing trips are now regularly part of their summer plans.
"Fishing is perhaps unique in combining so many life-skills - patience and independence, planning and problem-solving, understanding the natural world and, though my kids won't hear of it, learning from others! On top of this spending time outdoors with family has obvious physical and mental health benefits."
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Forests are great places to explore whatever the weather. In this guest blog Martin Summers, Forest Ranger at Forest Holidays, Deerpark in Cornwall, takes a look at some of the butterflies you might see.
One of the joys of summer, here in the forest, is the sight of butterflies flitting through a sunlit glade. And moths, drawn to the lamplight on a summer's evening, hold their own fascination too. Here is a small selection of my favourites, that our guests at Forest Holidays will be out spotting this summer.
Marsh Fritillary - A rare butterfly that has been making a quiet comeback recently in damp marshy areas. I've not spotted them at Deerpark yet, but I'd like to bet that you'll find them down by the loch at Strathyre. Look for a mosaic of vibrant brown, reds and oranges which fade after a few days and leave a shiny appearance.
Taking place from 28 July to 3 August, National Parks Week is a celebration of the all the natural beauty, wildlife and things to do within the UK's 15 National Parks. Throughout the week there are a host of activities and events on offer.
We have picked 5 great events from across the UK, which give you the opportunity to try everything from otter spotting to astronomy. With the summer holidays now upon us, these events are also the perfect family days out in beautiful surroundings.
If you are planning on attending one of these events, or any of the many other activities happening throughout the week, then you can get a detailed weather forecast for the area you are visiting using our National Parks forecast.
More information about the other events taking place during the week can be found on the National Parks Week events guide.
The New Forest - Wild Wednesday's - Wednesday 30 July
Join the team at the New Forest Reptile Centre for their weekly 'Wild Wednesday' session, to get a unique insight into lives of the Forest's birds of prey. You will have a chance to watch the birds in their nests, see eggs being hatched and get a look at chicks being fed using their cutting-edge 'raptorcam' technology.
Click here to visit the New Forest website for more information
The Broads - Canoe Trail Otter Spotting - Wednesday 30 July
Take in the beautiful Norfolk Broad waterways and local wildlife on canoe journey hosted by The Canoe Man. Winding through the miles of quite undisturbed dykes, tributaries and streams you will have the perfect chance to catch a glimpse of Kingfishers, Bitterns and, as the name suggests, the often elusive Otter.
Click here to visit the The Canoe Man website for more information
The Lake District - Esk Estuary Escapade - Saturday 2 August
Explore the beautiful Esk Estuary and discover the plants, wildlife and landscape of this coastal area. This 'escapade' includes a short river crossing by volunteer ferry and by ford - so be sure to bring some spare footwear with you.
Click here to visit the Lake District website for more information
Cairngorms - Futurescape TreeFest - 26 July to 3 August
photo courtesy of Andy Hay (rspb-images.com)
Running across the whole of National Parks Week, the Cairngorm Futurescape TreeFest is a 9 day celebration of the Cairngorm's beautiful woodlands. The week will see 15 public events, run by 12 different organisations - taking place across the length and breadth of the Cairngorms region.
Click here to visit the RSPB website for more information
Brecon Beacons - Take pART Felt Picture Workshop - 30 July
Let you children unleash their artistic side at the Powys National Park Visitor Centre with a felt picture workshop, taking place as part of the Brecon Beacons National Park's 'Take pART' events. Mums and Dads can refuel after the event with some tea and cake in the visitors centre's tea room.
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With National Parks Week fast approaching, the Met Office has joined up with the YHA to give you the lowdown on a selection of great value accommodation options, each located within a stones throw of some of the UK's National Parks.
National Parks Week runs from 28 July to 3 August and is an annual celebration of the amazing places, people, and things to be found within the boundaries of the UK's National Parks. There are a whole host of events going on throughout the week, from river dipping in the New Forest, to guided walks across the Yorkshire Dales. More information about these events can be found on the National Parks website.
If you are planning on visiting a National Park, then be sure to check the weather using the Met Office National Parks forecast page.
For over 80 years, YHA have been providing affordable accommodation across England and Wales, and creating the opportunity for you to get out and explore the windswept coasts, rugged mountains and ancient forests of our incredible national parks. Celebrate National Parks Week with a stay in a remarkable location.
Brecon Beacons - YHA Llanddeausant
Dartmoor - YHA Dartmoor
Exmoor - YHA Exford
Lake District - YHA Ambleside
Situated right on the shores of Lake Windermere, this newly refurbished property offers unbeatable location, stunning views and state of the art facilities for families, solo travellers and groups looking for a base right in the centre of the Lake District National Park.
New Forest - YHA New Forest
Tucked away in a peaceful setting ideal for outdoor activities and close to the seaside, YHA New Forest is perfectly placed to get the most out of the beautiful New Forest.
Northumberland - YHA Byrness
North York Moors - YHA Boggle Hole
Peak District - YHA Hartington
Pembrokeshire Coast - YHA Poppit Sands
Snowdonia - YHA Pen-Y-Pass
South Downs - YHA South Downs
Yorkshire Dales - YHA Grinton Lodge
YHA is a charity with a clear mission, to inspire all, especially young people, to broaden their horizons gaining knowledge and independence through new experiences of adventure and discovery.
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Keeping it chilled.
Ideas to help you stay fit and healthy
Britain is full of great places to explore.
The summer months mean extra opportunities for entertaining.