Saturday was the sunniest day for over 5 months

With 8.52 hours of sunshine on Saturday this was the sunniest day since 2nd September and consequently raised the maximum temperature a little to 5.4C,still 2C below the average.

The brisk wind from the north east meant a significant wind chill making it feel at least 3C colder.

Overnight the frost was not quite as severe as previous nights allowing the thermometer to fall to just -1.7C, being 3C below the 34-year February average and wind chill at 07.00 today meant it felt like -5.1C.

Today the sun was shinging strongly just after dawn, triggering the sunshine recorder (100 watts/sq.m.) at 08.00, with the temperature rising to -1.2C and the promise of more sunshine today.

The much drier air from the north east has meant a drop in humidity with evaporation daily rising to over 1mm.

10.9C, 9.0C, 6.0C, 4.8C and yesterday maximum of 4.4C – winter bites

The thermometer struggled to reach a maximum of 4.4C on Friday as the brisk easterly wind gave a wind chill making it feel at least 2C colder. This maximum was 4C below the 34-year February average and the coldest day for a fortnight.

Overnight the thermometer dropped to -2.7c at 05.10, 4C below average and 2C less cold than the previous night and recovering to -1.8C at 08.00.

This morning the sun was up at dawn with the promise of more sunshine today after the 7.2 hours on Friday. We have enjoyed 79 hours of sunshine so far in February.

Coldest night for two months

Although there were 4.5 hours of sunshine on Thursday the thermometer struggled to rise above 4.8C, which was 2.5C below the February average and the coldest night since 13th December.

Not surprisingly, with clear skies and air from the northeast, the thermometer fell to a low of -4.6C, which was 6C below the February average recovering to -2.4C at 08.00.

This morning the sun was showing as soon as it rose above the horizon with the promise of much more today in the current clear skies.

Down, down, down go the temperatures

The maxima over the past three days have been 10.9C, 9.0C and on Wednesday just 6.0C which was 1.3C below the average, the first below average for a week. The minima also follow that pattern with 6.0C, 1.4C and last night 0.5C.

There was limited sunshine yesterday,just 0.6 hours but within that sunny period the UV level was again 1.8, as on Tuesday, the highest since the end of October.

The thermometer fell steadily overnight, reaching a minimum of 0.5C at 04.33 then rose a little to reach 1.3C at 08.00 as variable cloud cover drifted in from the north east.

The wind yesterday firmly moved onto the north east, where it is likely to stay for a period. The wind was light, a maximum gust of 13mph, even so the cold breeze from this direction gave a wind chill that meant it felt a couple of degrees colder.

This morning as the cloud cleared the sun broke through shortly after dawn and with the present blue skies, we should have further sunshine during the day.

Update at 11.00: Ambient temperature 2.4C, Wind Chill makes it feel like -1C.

Temperatures start to drop as wind veers into North

The wind veering into a cooler northerly direction on Tuesday meant that the temperature dropped nearly 2C from the maximum on Monday to reach 9.0C, still 1.7C above the average.

There were 4.9 hours of strong sunshine with the UV level easing upwards again to reach 1.8, the highest since 28th October.

Overnight, clearer skies meant a much cooler night with the thermometer dropping to a minimum of 1.4C, almost average for February.

This morning is bright with weak sunshine struggling to break through the thin cloud.