A local farmer, said: "The hailstorm hit out of nowhere this week, smashing the watermelons and numerous greenhouses. It was as if there was an explosion somewhere and the debris was raining down on us. My neighbor's dog lost an eye – it was that dangerous.” He collected hailstones as big as chicken eggs, and added: "No melons can withstand such a force of nature. Even in winter I have never seen hail this big in my life."
A spokesman for the town said programs were being organized to help the farmers over their financial loss.
After recent devastating floods last winter here in England, the sun finally shone down with force yesterday to make the hottest day so far. In Elstree, the humid heat doesn't worry me too much in my cool flat, surrounded by paddocks and trees. I rarely venture further afield. However, a visiting friend from California asked my husband and I out to lunch.
He drove us to a local Turkish restaurant which serves traditional food with salad. The meal went well and I found it easier to walk with my stick than I'm envisaged.
I felt quite unwell and drank a glass of water before sitting in my chair with my feet up. All the bones in my body ached. I retired early but I still don't feel well the next morning. Heat isn't good for elders. I've read how older members of society die during a heatwave.
Maybe a slice of watermelon might have revived me. I know I appreciated the refreshing air under the trees in some spots when we idled beside the road. As a matter of fact, I thanked God for the trees.
How is the weather affecting you?