Heat increases!

Tuesday gave us another sunny day with 10.2 hours of strong sunshine that boosted the temperature to 24.9C at 16.30.

We have now experienced 23 days without measurable rainfall in May with just 8.2mm recorded. The equivalent rainfall lost to the atmosphere from evaporation from the ground and plant life has reached 100mm.

The past night was very mild with the thermometer not falling below 11.0C, which was 4C above average.

Wednesday saw hazy sunshine to start the day but by 08.00 the sun was shining strongly but through thin high cloud, this lifted the thermometer to 16.1C at 08.00 giving us the warmest start to the day since 27th August. The ground is now retaining much warmth overnight so that by 08.00 on Wednesday the soil temperature at a depth of 5cm read 19.7C.