Relative calm before the next storm arrives

Storm Dudley produced a maximum gust of 43mph at 21.53 on Wednesday evening although it been very strong for most of the late afternoon.

The record maximum gust for this station, set up in 1984, was set in 2007 with a peak gust of 57mph, both in January and March.

The rainfall for the day amounted to 3.4mm that brought the monthly total to 45.3mm, 21mm below the 38-year average.

It was a very mild day with the thermometer rising to a peak of 13.4C. This was 5.6C above the average and the warmest day since 31st December.

The westerly wind dropped away overnight, but still brisk on Thursday morning, which started with variable sunshine through broken cloud. The thermometer read 6.4C at 08.00.