Record broken for October rainfall

Saturday was dominated by the effects of the deep depression to the northwest of Scotland bringing rain and wind. The wind strength rose during daylight hours with a maximum gust of 35mph at 15.46. There were periods of rain throughout the day and evening with a particularly intense rain event as a squall moved through at 20.00 with a rainfall rate of 65mm/hour for a few minutes.

The daily rainfall on Saturday amounted to 10.1mm, which brought the monthly total to 161.3mm. This October total broke the previous record of 159.3mm set in 2004 and amounts to 188% of the 36-year average.

The thermometer rose to a maximum of 14.0C on Saturday, just 0.6C below average, whereas the minimum of 7.1C was exactly average. Thankfully the deep depression began to fill late yesterday, increasing by 12mb, thus the pressure gradient is reduced resulting in the wind dying down.

Initially on Sunday the sun was obscured by the hang back of cloud from the depression slowly moving eastwards. However, by 07.40 the sun made a very welcome appearance. In contrast to Saturday the wind has almost completely fallen out with hardy a breath of air at 08.00.