Longest dry spell since July

The intense high pressure over the North Atlantic, and covering much of that area, intensified on Sunday bringing another dry and sunny day. However, the very strong winds, gusting to a peak of 43mph at 09.24, meant a very cool day with the thermometer not rising above 8.1C, which was 2.3C below average. The strong and sustained winds produced a significant wind chill that during daylight hours meant it felt up to 3C below the thermometer reading.

The centre of the anticyclone had a peak reading of 1055mb being the highest in the past 100 years with the peak in Marlborough of 1040.0mb.

Another 8.9 hours of strong sunshine was logged.

Sunday was the tenth successive dry day, such a dry period has not occurred since July 2019.

The breeze moderated significantly during the early evening and dropped away to 5 – 8 mph overnight

Monday arrived with a mainly cloudy sky allowing the occasional very short burst of sunshine after 08.00. The northeasterly wind, having persisted for four days, this morning has backed into the north.