The thermometer only reached a maximum 8.1C on Thursday in the strengthening westerly wind, gusting to 15mph. This peak was only just above average (+0.3C).

Overnight an air frost developed that saw the thermometer drop to -1.2C at 07.26 on Friday.

Friday arrived with welcome sunshine after sunrise.

The anticyclone, now centred much closer and off the cast of Brittany, is producing calm conditions. The pressure at 08.00 was 1033.5mb, the highest since 30th January.