One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A summer characterized by long spells of warm, dry weather.‘the Met Office admitted that their prediction of a 'barbecue summer' had been hopelessly wrong’‘Britain's barbecue summer helped retail sales race ahead last month’
- ‘Our collective urge to don short sleeves and herald the barbecue summer at the first sign of spring is quintessentially British.’
- ‘There is some evidence the market came under pressure in September after a standout barbecue summer, but this belies the improvements made at both ends of the grocery sector by discounters and luxury retailers.’
- ‘I just want that barbecue summer promised all those years ago.’
- ‘Britain's barbecue summer couldn't have come soon enough, but following three months of glorious sunshine and garden parties, the company's first-half profits were still down 1.6 % on last year.’
- ‘In fifty years' time, we will refer to this as the year of the barbecue summer.’
- ‘Britain sizzled like sausages over the hottest weekend of the year so far, in what has become - at last - a certified barbecue summer.’
- ‘The Met Office stopped publishing its long-range forecasts after its disastrous prediction of a 'barbecue summer' – which ended in washouts in July and August.’
- ‘The Met Office has predicted 'barbeque autumn', despite the washout following forecasts of a barbecue summer.’
- ‘The barbecue summer also boosted sales of rosé from Provence by 50%, and Argentinian Malbec by 40%.’
- ‘The unseasonable conditions are set to dash hopes of a barbecue summer - just a couple of weeks after many people had ditched their woollies for ice cream and flip-flops.’
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