Coldest day in eleven months

After the severe frost on Friday the thermometer eventually struggled above freezing at 10.55 and reached the maximum of 3.8C. This was 3.2C below the average and the coldest day since February 15th 2012 (0.6C). The sunny start was spoilt just aft 0900 as a blanket of cloud drifted in from the north west.

The thermometer was very steady during the afternoon and overnight at around 3.3C but dropped to 1.6C just after 06.50 on Saturday.

Saturday dawned with a totally cloudy sky trapped under the high pressure.

We have now experienced ten consecutive dry days under the almost continuous anticyclone. The monthly rainfall average stands at 28.1mm, well below the 37-year average of 90.8mm.