The 7.7 hours of gloriously warm sunshine on Wednesday raised the temperature to 16.5C being 2C above the 37-year average and the warmest day for a week. The breeze from the west was much lighter than previous days with a peak gust of 15mph.
Due to the flow of very warm Continental Maritime air the thermometer did not fall below 12.1C overnight, which was 5C above average.
Fog from low cloud arrived in the early hours of Thursday that after dawn limited visibility to 400m.
The barometric pressure at 0800 was 10215.5mb, the highest since 22nd September.