Topsy turvy temperatures

Tuesday morning saw the cloud break allowing broken sunshine in the morning (two hours) that raised the temperature to 10.00C. The afternoon and evening saw the temperature fall away to 8.9C at 18.52 before rising again to a peak of 10.9C at 08.00 on Wednesday.

A cold weather front began to approach the area during the early hours of Wednesday with increasing cloud that allowed the thermometer to rise in the early hours. Rain began to fall at 07.25 and a heavier burst at 08.35.

By 09.00 the temperature had risen further reaching 11.4C, which is very mild for late November and 1.4C above average. The breeze for much of Tuesday came on a southerly air flow that continued in the early hours of Wednesday. However, as the cold front eases away to the east the wind is forecast to make a 180* turn to come from the north later in the day.

Mild air continued on Monday

The air mass on Monday, coming from the south-southwest, brought another mild day with the thermometer rising to 10.4C after a chilly start. This peak was 0.4C above average. It is interesting to note that only one day this month has produced a below average daytime peak, which was the third when the maximum was 0.1C below average. The mean temperature for November is approximately 2C above average.

The temperature rose a degree during the late evening but after midnight fell away to a minimum of 9.0C being 5.3C above average. There was a light shower just after 03.00 that amounted to 0.7mm.

Tuesday saw cloud after dawn with the prospect of bright intervals later. Monday was another day with very light winds with a peak gust of 9mph but the wind is freshening this morning due to the barometric pressure falling away with a drop of 10mb over twenty-four hours as the anticyclone eases away and another depression advances from the Atlantic.

High pressure continues to dominate our weather

Under the influence of an anticyclone centred over France a ridge of high pressure continued to influence our weather on Sunday bringing 3.4 hours of welcome sunshine. The fog eased as the morning progressed and by 09.50 the sun began to make an appearance. The wind had veered into the west but was very light, at times the anemometer fell still with a maximum gust of just 8mph.

It was another dry day on Sunday, the ninth this month, with the rainfall total now standing at 66.0mm when the average is 92.3mm.

The thermometer rose slowly in the morning as the fog lifted to reach 11.2C at 13.32 before the cloud thickened again, this was 1.2C above average. During the evening the temperature began to fall reaching a minimum of -0.4C at 01.15 early on Monday morning that was 4.1C below the 36-year average. After a clear sky in the late evening cloud drifted in allowing the temperature to recover to 2.2C at 08.00 on Monday with most evidence of the ground and air frost having disappeared by then.

Monday arrived with almost continuous cloud cover but indications that breaks might appear and allow some brightness as the morning progresses.

Mild weather continues

Under the influence of high pressure on the Continent the mild, southwesterly air movement continued on Saturday. It resulted in the thermometer rising to a maximum of 11.9C (1.9C above average) at 12.56 with brief bright intervals, the sunshine recorder flickered into life for just 0.7 hours. During the afternoon the thermometer drifted downwards to 10.5C and unusually stayed around that temperature until 01.30 on Sunday morning. Thereafter the temperature fell again to reach a minimum of 6.4C at 08.00 on Sunday being 2.7C above average.

At first light on Sunday a bank of cloud had developed in the early hiss as the temperature fell away limiting visibility to 100m although clear sky was above it to the east. For the next hour or so the visibility varied from 100m to 500m but by 08.00 had thickened again to limit visibility to 100m.

Another sunless day on Friday

Thick cloud from the approaching weather front on Friday meant another sunless day, the fifth this month, with rain arriving at 09.10 and amounting to 1.3mm.

The northwesterly air mass was replaced by southwesterly then a southerly air stream as the day progressed that saw the thermometer slowly rise from 3.4C at 08.00 on Friday to reach a maximum during the evening rather than daytime, producing a peak of 10.00C at 21.35. The lowest during the night was 9.0C just after midnight.

Saturday arrived with the cloud base much higher and thinner, the wind having veered into the southwest. The soil temperature at a depth of 5cm has recovered from the low of 3.7C on Friday, due to the ground and air frost, recovering to 8.3C at 08.00 on Saturday.