After the considerable rainfall over the last four days, the total for yesterday was 2.3mm. This brings the total for August to 74mm (113%). The sun made a reappearance during the afternoon with 3.5 hours of strong sunshine, which lifted the temperature to a maximum of 19.7C (1C below the mean).
The rainfall yesterday morning, combined with the downpour between 0545 and 0600 this morning (briefly at rate of 65mm/hr), brought the total for the twenty-four hour period to 12.2mm. The rainfall for the whole of August now stands at 71.7mm, which is 6mm in excess of the long-term average.
There was a notable increase in wind strength during the early hours of this morning with a peak gust of 32mph at 0345, the strongest gust since 1st June.
Yesterday was a miserable day with many hours of rainfall totalling 10.0mm. The thick cloud meant no sunshine, strong or indirect, producing the coldest day this month with a maximum of 14.4C, 6C below the mean. The rainfall for August now totals 59.5mm, which is 95% of the mean for August.
Today the barometer started to drop steeply just after 7.00am with rain arriving again at noon. This has depressed temperatures with a maximum of 14.8C.
Although it has seemed like a wet Summer, the total for the three months up to 0800 this morning was 10mm below the long-term average of 183mm. June was a very dry month but July was 50% above the 31-year average. However, with heavy rain now falling, this situation will change before the end of the day.
After a very wet morning yesterday the sun put in a brief appearance providing 1.3 hours of strong sunshine during the afternoon. The barometric pressure started to fall late afternoon and at 0800 today, with a reading of 998.8mb, was the lowest since 5th May. The total rainfall for the past twenty-four hours was 8.8mm.
The ‘Spanish Plume’ brought the forecast very warm air today with a maximum of 27.8C this afternoon, which followed the warmest night for six weeks with a minimum of 15.3C. At 0800 the thermometer was already rising and had reached 17.4C. There was a little rain during the evening before dusk, amounting to 0.2mm.