The province is urging Nova Scotians to drive with care this spring as hundreds of volunteers work along highways during the 2012 Adopt-A-Highway program. The province co-ordinates the efforts of volunteers who pick up litter alongside roadways. Last year, 2,000 volunteers cleaned along 897 kilometres of highways and seven interchanges. They gathered 4,866 bags of garbage and recyclable material. “The official Adopt-A-Highway Day isn’t until Friday, May 4, but, with the good weather, volunteers are already out there making Nova Scotia look better,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Bill Estabrooks. “Please slow down and be extra cautious when travelling through clean-up zones.” “In a perfect world people wouldn’t throw litter on the highways, but nobody’s perfect and this job needs to be done,” said Gina Bain, co-ordinator, Adopt-A-Highway program. “Our volunteers are out there doing work that benefits all Nova Scotians and we want to make sure they’re safe.” Volunteers wear fluorescent safety vests, but they may be close to the road when picking up litter. Volunteers range from one person to service groups to families to co-workers. Adopt-A-Highway is an international roadside litter clean-up program. More information is available at www.gov.ns.ca/agri/wi/projects/adopt.shtml .
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Mike Kendon, a climate scientist at the National Climate Information Centre (NCIC), said: “Overall it hasn’t been a remarkable month for weather, however when you look more locally there have been some significant events. Rocks and debris cover a path after a brook burst its banks following flash flooding in the coastal village of Coverack in CornwallCredit:Ben Birchall/PA “It is uncommon for Shetland to experience more sunshine hours than Cornwall at this time of year.”There is also a notable gradient between a cooler, sunnier and slightly drier than average North West and a wetter, dull and warmer than average South East.”Some of these statistics can be linked directly to a few significant weather events, with spells of thunderstorms bringing the majority of the month’s rainfall to some areas.”The presence of low pressure systems moving slowly over the UK at times have also influenced the temperatures and amount of sunshine hours.”The Isle of Wight has been 0.8C warmer than the July average, while Scotland’s East Lothianshire has been -0.8C colder than the average. The average rainfall in the Shetland Islands for July is 2.68 inches, but in July the islands off the coast of northern Scotland saw 2.79 inches, with 192.9 hours of sunshine.While Cornwall usually sees 3.92 inches of rainfall, it instead saw 4.11 inches and 153.5 hours of sunshine last month.The UK average sunshine hours for July is 94 hours, but the actual amount was 162.4 hours, with Scotland’s actual sunshine 144.7 hours, whereas the average is around 103 hours of sun. The #jetstream continues to steer low pressure systems towards us bringing an unsettled spell over the next few days pic.twitter.com/PGm5wMGBOR— Met Office (@metoffice) August 1, 2017 The Shetland Islands had more sunshine than Cornwall last month, according to new figures from the Met Office.Heavy rain throughout July saw Hampshire getting 118 per cent more than its average rainfall for the month and the UK as a whole 22 per cent more.Northern Ireland was the region with the most rainfall with 4.45 inches – 39 per cent above its monthly average.Although temperatures have been close to average in most places, some areas have been wetter, mainly due to thunderstorms in the south.Northern Ireland saw a mixture of sunshine and shower, with above average sun with only Scotland also exceeding its July average.Shetland saw more sunshine than Cornwall in July, which is only the eighth time this has happened since records began in 1929. It’s a wet and windy start in the southwest, with rain steadily pushing ever northeastwards. Take care on the roads #weatheraware pic.twitter.com/giuZoWTFqr— Met Office (@metoffice) August 2, 2017 A Met Office spokesman said: “The current period of changeable weather looks like it will last until the weekend with showers or longer spells of rain interspersed with drier weather and some sunshine.”Next week looks like high pressure will begin to build from the south which should bring more settled, drier weather.”Although there may still be some showers at times, particularly for northern parts of the UK.” read more