Rain at last but temperatures drop

Thursday saw much more cloud, less sunshine (4.9 hours) and light showers as a depression to the east edged closer. The was the being of the breakdown in our weather after the hot, dry spell. The maximum temperature of 22.6C was 4C down on previous days but still over 2C above the 37-year average.

In the early hours of Friday the weather fronts from the associated depression, now over northern France, slowly spread westwards bringing more consistent rain. The rainfall total for the past twenty-four hours was 5.9mm, the wettest day since 23rd June.

Friday dawned grey and cool after the thermometer fell to 11.9C at 05.15 being 1.8C above the average. The thick, low cloud produced continuous rain that fell from the two weather fronts slowly easing westwards. The wind veered a few degrees to come from the north or north-northeast and quite brisk making it feel very cool after the previous hot days.