The continuous period without rain now totals 15 days. There are 9 occurrences of long continuous dry spells in the last three years. A lengthy period of 22 days was noted in August 1995 and April 2011 but the record stands at 24 days, which occurred in April 1997.
There have now been 13 continuous days without rain, which is the longest dry spell since May 2012. There were three occasions in 2014 with 12 continuously dry days but July 2013 had 19 dry days and April 2007 brought 21 continuously dry days and a total rainfall for the month of just 7.6mm.
The start of the month brought a distinct change from the weather experienced in August. There have been ten continuous days without rainfall and maxima some 3C above the 30-year average for September. The wind strength has been very light with a maximum on the first of just 15mph and several days the maximum registered in single figures. The amount of direct sunshine recently has been equal to that recorded in late July with seven or eight hours.
With the pressure gradient very low due the anticyclone sitting over the UK there was little wind yesterday. A maximum of 9 mph just after 0900 was the strongest gust but the wind reduced as the day progressed and dropped out completely later in the afternoon.
Overnight of the 7th / 8th there was no wind. As happens in these autumnal days a spider or spiders wound a web around my lower anemometer, on a pole high above the roof line, such that with light winds it was put out of action yesterday until I spotted it and removed the web.
After a miserable August the first four days of September produced maxima above the 30-year average. All days were above 20C with a peak of 22.2C on the 3rd. Light winds, with a maximum of only 15mph, combined with several hours of sunshine after mist and fog cleared, produced pleasant days.