Another mild and wet day

Thursday was another mild day by day and night with temperatures well above average with a maximum of 10.5 (+3.5C) and minimum of 6.4 C (+5.3C). Sadly another sunless day, the fifth this month.

The morning was dry until round 11.00 when the first splashes of rain and drizzle fell from the approaching rain band that started in earnest just before noon producing 6.8mm of precipitation. That brought the monthly total to 61.9mm, which is 68% of the 35-year average.

Friday saw the hang back of cloud from the weather from easing eastwards and clear skies following, with the promise of sunshine when the sun decides to get up.

Almost a dry day on Wednesday – but not quite!

Wednesday was such an improvement on the two previous very wet days with the sun breaking through just after 11.00 giving us 2.9 hours of welcome sunshine. However, it was not totally dry as two brief showers during the morning and afternoon brought 0.4mm of rainfall.

The southwesterly wind, still blustery with gusts peaking at 22mph, meant another mild day and night as temperatures were above average again with a maximum of 8.8C (+1.8C) and minimum of 5.6C (+4.5C). The maximum was almost 4C below the very warm January day on Tuesday.

Thursday saw total cloud cover after dawn and beginning to thicken as the next weather front approached. Currently the wind has backed into the southsoutheast but is forecast to slowly veer back into the south west.

Update at 18.00: another wet and windy day with strong gusts, a maximum gust of 30mph and another 6mm of rainfall.

Turbulent days!

As Storm Brendan began to ease away on Tuesday another deep depression, centred in the western approaches, made itself felt with 16 hours of precipitation and very strong winds.

The first drizzly rain began to fall shortly after 09.30 that continued, with the rain intensifying throughout the day and night, ceasing around 04.15 Wednesday morning. Between 19.30 ad 19.45 Tuesday evening a strong squall arrived with intense rain.

The wind strength during daylight hours was very strong, particularly between 10.00 and 22.00. The peak period was between 11.00 and 20.00 when gusts were often between 30 and 40mph with the maximum gust of 42mph at 14.44.

Rainfall for the past twenty-four hours amounted to 21.6mm bringing the monthly total to 64.7mm when the 35-year average is 90.4mm.

Wednesday arrived with a hang back of cloud from the recent depression but, thankfully, the strong winds abated late evening and currently conditions are very still.

The warm air from the Azores, brought on the south westerly air mass, saw the thermometer rise to a maximum of 12.6C at 15.15, which was 5.6C above the 35-year average. Another mild night followed, due the extensive cloud cover, producing a minimum of 5.9C being 4.8C above the average.

Update: almost three hours of sunshine on Wednesday, what a change from previous days!

Storm Brendan brings heavy rain and strong winds

Monday saw the result of Storm Brandon, centred to the north west of Scotland, bringing a windy and cloudy day after initial brightness. The wind increased during the afternoon with a maximum gust of 38mph at 16.01.

A wide rain band arrived late afternoon with a significant squall line at 19.00, lasting around 15 minutes, when heavy rain was falling briefly at 44mm/hour. The rainfall for the past twenty-four hours amounted to 11.6mm bringing the monthly total to 43.1mm.

As the back edge of the rain band eased away eastwards the temperature dropped by almost 4C and the wind abated.

The air mass, brought on a southerly wind from around the Azores, meant another very mild day and night with a maximum of 9.8C, which was 2.8C above the 35-year average and a minimum of 5.8C being a significant 4.7C above the average.

Tuesday at dawn saw thin cloud rapidly thicken as the next weather front approached front the south west.

Update on Tuesday at 14.50: wind now gusting to 42mph at 14.44 as next storm approaches with warm southerly wind lifting temperature to 12.5C currently, which is 5.5C above average.

Update at 18.35: although the peak gust of 42mph has not been exceeded since 14.44 the wind has continued very strong with the 10 minute average wind strength now reaching 13mph. There is currently a windchill that makes it feel more like 9C than actually 12.2C.

A little sun and a little rain

Sunday gave us a bright morning with 1.8 hours of welcome sunshine but just after noon thick clouds rolled in from the south west obliterating the sun. The sunshine and the air mass from mid-Atlantic meant another mild day with a maximum of 9.6C (+2.6C).

Rain showers occurred overnight amounting to 1.6mm. The disturbed weather continues with only two totally dry days in January so far.

Another cloudy night meant now frosts occurred although it did get chilly with a minimum of 4.4C late evening.

Monday initially saw a little brightness but soon after dawn the cloud began to thicken with a light rain shower at 08.00 and the thermometer having lifted a little to read 6.1C.

Update on Monday at 16.02: The early effects of Storm Brandon being felt as barometric pressure has been dropping rapidly all day, currently 997.1mb, resulting in wind strength rising all day and a current maximum gust of 38mph at 16.01. Occasional drizzle showers after noon but main rain band arrived just before 15.30.