Best forget the cold, wet day on Monday!

The slow moving weather front drifting off the cold North Sea on Monday plagued our area all day with variable light rain and drizzle, a depressing day. The thermometer struggled to reach a high of just 8.3C at 15.46, which was a significant 5.8C below my 40-year average. This made it the coldest day since 2nd March. However, there was a mitigating factor in that there was very little wind, the strongest gust reached just 8 mph on Monday so no wind chill as occurred over the weekend. The precipitation amounted to 2.7mm that took the monthly total to 47.1mm being 82% of the long-term average.

At least the minimum of 5.7C, that occurred just after midnight at 00.02, was above average at +2.0C.

Brightness greeted the new day on Tuesday but thankfully stronger sunshine broke the variable cloud just on 08.00 that had lifted the temperature to 6.4C by that time.

The recent anticyclone is easing away westwards and slowly declining. The change will be minimal on Tuesday so the drift of cold northerly air will continue. For Tuesday and into Wednesday we are trapped between the high pressure to the west and low-pressure over the Continent that will continue the feed of cold air for the next two days.