The Met Office was right! We actually do have an Indian Summer. Come back Michael Fish all is forgiven.
Isn't it delightful? The sun is shining, it's punching towards 20dC and it's just the perfect weather for cycling around town.
But what exactly is an Indian Summer? Certainly at Hill & Ellis HQ we thought it relates to warm Septembers and Octobers that emulate the weather of India. WRONG!
In fact, the most likely explanation for the phrase "Indian Summer" is that it refers to an unseasonably warm spell of weather that allowed the Native American Indians to continue hunting. Therefore coming from the West and not the East.
The first recorded use of the phrase was in the US and appears in a letter written by a Frenchman called John de Crevecoeur dated 17 January 1778. In his description of the Mohawk country he wrote "Sometimes the rain is followed by an interval of calm and warm which is called the Indian summer." The term spread and was first used in the UK in the early 19th century and went on to gain widespread usage.
Where ever the name comes - we are loving it - glorious sunshine and still warm enough just to cycle in one layer. #cycleon