Sunday 21st June 2020

Morning. I normally stay away from discussing news and politics but I do want to say that my thoughts are with the family and friends of the victims of the tragic incident in Forbury Gardens yesterday.

I was shocked and saddened when I saw the news filtering through late yesterday evening – in a way this is an attack on all those who live or have lived in Reading, as almost all of us have spent time in Forbury Gardens, relaxing in the sunshine, meeting friends, having a picnic, etc – it is the centre of the soul of Reading.

Reading is where I learnt tolerance and compassion for others – it is a unique and surprisingly interesting town, with a diverse patchwork of communities which all knit together to create the Reading we know and appreciate. I hope these values will remain intact.

I repeat, my thoughts are with those affected.

The band of rain has just about cleared east now, still some dribs and drabs. The sun will increasingly shine but there will be a scattering of showers this afternoon – maybe a 40% chance and they could be quite heavy.

Reaching around 21’C.

Summer starts to return from tomorrow with sunshine amounts increasing and temperatures picking up. Hot by Tuesday, around 30’C for Wednesday/Thursday. The potentially thundery breakdown most likely by Friday, but maybe late Thursday, or maybe during the weekend – Friday does look more likely.

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