Settled weather continues

Although we had less sunshine on Tuesday than of late, mainly during the late afternoon amounting to 3.6 hours, the thermometer reached a maximum 16.2C. This peak was 5.7C above the 37-year average and the warmest day since 20th October. In the strong sunshine the UV level rose to 3.2, which is the first time it has risen to the ‘Moderate’ level since 8th October. The wind was brisk with a peak gust of 26mph and varied between north-northwest and north-northeast.

The thermometer dropped away markedly overnight with the minimum of 2.0C at 06.49 on Wednesday. There was brief, weak sunshine for a short while after dawn on Wednesday that lifted the temperature to 4.3C at 08.00. Subsequently the cloud thickened and obscured the sun. The high pressure is centred just to the west of Ireland and continues to feed air from a northerly direction, if slightly variable in direction.