Significant wind chill develops

The blast of cold air from the Ukraine and Black Sea area meant a cold day and night on Sunday.The wind from the north northeast, frequently gusting between 25 to 30mph, with a maximum gust of 35mph at 11.49, produced a wind chill. The maximum temperature of 3.4C was 4.3C below the 37-year average but the wind chill day meant it felt more like -1C.

The strong, gusty wind from the north east continued overnight as the thermometer fell away to a minimum of -2.4C whilst the significant wind chill meant at dawn that it felt more like -6.3C.

The humidity on Sunday afternoon and overnight has been restively low hovering around the low 80% instead of the usual high 90s, so it was not surprising to find that the light shower of snow in the early morning was dry, powdery snow blown around in the wind still gusting to 30mph. The melted snow from the funnel of the rain gauge amounted to 0.2mm of precipitation. This was the best estimate as the snow was blown around leaving some areas clear and others with a light accumulation as it drifted in the strong wind.

Monday arrived with broken cloud and occasional bursts of sunshine after 08.30 as the sun rose above the cloud bank on the eastern horizon.