THE Advertiser's weatherman, Ian Currie, has once again stuck his neck out to make a year-long prediction.
Mr Currie, of Rickman Hill, Coulsdon, said his forecast for 2012, issued last January, went to plan until April when the heavens opened – again and again. The downpours led to the fifth wettest year in the Croydon area in the past 50 years, with more than 36 inches of rain falling in 12 months.
Looking ahead Mr Currie, 62, who has studied meteorology for half a century, said: "Well, after my forecast last year going more or less to plan until April, when the weather spiralled into watery mayhem, I will have to be even more cautious in releasing this forecast. However, let's have a go!
"It may well turn somewhat colder during the second half of January as the high-pressure moves a little to the north and winds set in from the east.
"The first half of February, too, may be cold as high pressure continues to exert an influence, giving frosty conditions and I cannot rule out some snow, too, so those toboggans hanging up in the shed may get an outing.
"The spring should be average for rainfall and temperature to help the new flowers into bloom with any frosts not too severe.
"The first half of the summer looks rather unsettled and quite breezy with rain and showers at times but the second half of July and August should have enough fine, dry and warm or very warm days to give joy to the holidaymaker.
"Both September and October will be good growing months with mild weather and adequate rain, so summer flowers could continue to bloom as there will be a lack of frost. In November there could well be an early taste of winter with cold conditions mid-month bringing some snow but I expect a mild end.
"December will be a little on the dry side with much cloud but it will be often mild and another snowless Christmas is on the cards but it may be off-white with quiet, foggy conditions."
In an optimistic summary, Mr Currie added: "So, with a bit of luck, 2013 may allow us to dry out somewhat.
"Whatever the weather, may I wish all readers a very pleasant and healthy 2013."