Denise: A bullying, bruising wind all yesterday and today. Gale force to sever gale. Not wet, thank goodness, but a struggle to do anything outdoors – even opening the car door (or stopping it being wrenched open!). Unusually, it’s not a cyclonic storm, but a constant stream from the south east. Perhaps it’s worse in Argyll and Cumbria? I’m sure they must get this sort of thing in the Algarve, too: I really can’t believe it’s sunny and warm all the time.