Intense depression brings more rain and strong winds

The intense depression, that is currently centred over Cumbria, began to make itself felt on Thursday with strong winds. The strongest gust in the last twenty-four hours was 38mph at 10.41 on Thursday. After a dry morning, just a few isolated spots, rain showers began in the afternoon and again overnight adding another 4.6mm to the monthly total that now stands at 73.8mm, which is 122% of the 37-year average.

The thermometer struggled to reach 13.1C on Thursday, which was 4.2C below the average.

The string southerly winds continued overnight, just a little less strong than on Thursday with a minimum of 8.8C being 1.8C above the average.

The thick cloud meant a damp start to Friday with the wind still peaking over 30mph but maximum gusts a little less strong than on Thursday. Light rain and drizzle were persistent after dawn.

The barometric pressure dropped 11mb over the past twenty-four hours as the centre of the depression tracked from west to east across the country. The pressure is likely to begin a recovery from its low point of 995.5mb as the low-pressure eases away eastwards.

Update at 13.30: maximum gust of 42mph at 08.39. Maximum temperature of only 10.9C with wind chill making it feel more like 9C outside.