Only second dry day in March on Monday

Under a ridge of high pressure Monday was a glorious day with 8.6 hours of sunshine, the sunniest day since 21st September. As a result of the light southwesterly breeze bringing air from around the Azores, the thermometer rose to a maximum of 11.6C being 1.2C above the 36-year average.

This was only the second dry in March with the UV level rising to 2.7, still classed as ‘Low’.

The thermometer initially dropped away in the evening under a relatively clear sky to a minimum of 3.8C. However, increasing cloud after midnight, in advance of a weather front drifting down from the north, meant it recovered to 7.8C at 0800 on Tuesday. Thick cloud after dawn greeted the arrival of Tuesday with very light winds from the south west.