Anticyclonic gloom persists! But no rain again!

Sunday was cold and dull with the thick, low cloud persistent all day trapped under the high pressure system. The temperature by day rose to just 4.0C, being 3C below average and overnight a minimum of 2.9C being 1.6C above the average.

The monthly rainfall total is just 28.1mm. This is only 31% of the 37-year average or 62.7mm below. With little rain forecast before the end of the month, January 2022 is gong to be one of the driest. However, there were three drier Januarys since records began 1984 with just 9.4mm on 1997.

The gloomy conditions persisted into Monday with thick, low could and very little wind. The breeze has backed a little further and now coming from the east or south south-east. Pressure remans high with a reading of 1033.6mb at 08.00.

The diurnal temperature range over the past twenty-four hours has been unusually limited with a difference of just 2.4C.

Gloomy, cool weather returns

Saturday was another in the run of overcast and gloomy days with no sunshine. The thermometer eventually struggled to a maximum of 5.2C. The overnight minimum of 3.1C was 1.8C above the average.

Sunday was a repeat of Saturday morning with low cloud to greet the day.

We have no had eleven consecutive dry days with the monthly rainfall of just 28.1mm when the average is 90.8mm.

Coldest day in eleven months

After the severe frost on Friday the thermometer eventually struggled above freezing at 10.55 and reached the maximum of 3.8C. This was 3.2C below the average and the coldest day since February 15th 2012 (0.6C). The sunny start was spoilt just aft 0900 as a blanket of cloud drifted in from the north west.

The thermometer was very steady during the afternoon and overnight at around 3.3C but dropped to 1.6C just after 06.50 on Saturday.

Saturday dawned with a totally cloudy sky trapped under the high pressure.

We have now experienced ten consecutive dry days under the almost continuous anticyclone. The monthly rainfall average stands at 28.1mm, well below the 37-year average of 90.8mm.

Coldest night for a year

With a northerly breeze and the wind beginning to pick up after 10.00 on Thursday, it was no wonder the thermometer struggled to reach a maximum of only 4.8C. This was 2.2C below average, the coldest day since the 4th plus wind chill meant outside it felt more like 1C than 4C.

There were 5.4 hours of welcome sunshine and another dry day. The UV light level rose to 0.8, the highest since 22nd November, evidence that the sun’s strength is slowly returning.

During the evening the thermometer dropped steadily so that at 18.12 it had produced the beginning of an air frost with -0.1C. At 22.55 the thermometer read -3.0C and -5.0C at 03.15. The lowest temperate was at 07.41 on Friday with a minimum of -6.4C. The was 7.7C below the 37-year average and the coldest night since 1st January 2021 when -6.7C was recorded.

Friday brought a clear sky and sunshine as soon as it rose above the horizon.

The centre of the anticyclone is just to the west of southwest Ireland and forecast to slowly migrate southeastwards. As a result the breeze will back from north to northwest and later west-northwest, but very light again.

Next anticyclone intensifies

As one anticyclone departed the country another began to influence our weather on Wednesday with a consequent rise in barometric pressure. It was the eighth consecutive dry day with light winds from the north although a little stronger than of late.

The temperature by day brought a maximum of 8.5C being 1.5C above the average and with clear skies the thermometer slowly dropped during the evening to produce an air frost with a minimum of -1.2C at 07.20 on Thursday.

Thursday dawned with clear skies and an appearance of the sun as soon as it rose above the horizon. The thermometer had recovered a little to read -0.3C at 08.00.

The new high pressure system is currently centred to the west of Ireland that will mean the breeze will veer a little to come from the north, which will mean a cool if sunny day. The pressure reading at 0800 was 1036.1mb.