High pressure gives another sunny and warm day on Saturday

With 7.4 hours of sunshine, almost exactly the same as that on Friday, and very light air mass from the south west, Saturday was a warm day with the thermometer rising to a maximum of 17.8C at 15.18. This was 3.1C above the 34-year average and the warmest day for a week. The thick fog that arrived just after 07.30 dispersed just before 09.30.

There was little movement of air, sometimes quite still, with a maximum reading of 10mph.

There followed a cool night with the minimum of 3.8C, being 3.4C below average, logged at 07.02.

There was no fog at dawn but variable fog drifted in from the east around 07.45 but quickly began to disperse as the sun got to work with the promise of another sunny and warn day.

High pressure intensifies resulting in dense radiation fog this morning

With 7.43 hours of strong sunshine and a significant shift in the direction from which the air mass was originating, from north east to south west, Friday was a very pleasant autumnal day with the temperature easing up to a maximum of 15.6C being 0.9C above the average.

Friday was a calm day with the strongest movement of air logged at a maximum of 10mph, but often hardly moving under the high pressure, which intensified over the following twenty-four hours to reach 1031.3mb at 08.00 on Saturday, the highest pressure for almost a month.

A low of 3.1C was logged at 03.34 this morning that eased up to 4.0C at the time readings were taken at 08.00.

The Saturday dawn was clear and very still. However, just before 07.30 fog was observed in the distance at about 1,500m that slowly intensified that by 08.00 had become dense with visibility down to just 50m. This is known as radiation fog due to the air temperature dropping very low in still air allowing droplets of moisture to form in the atmosphere.

Sunshine returns but cooler

Thursday saw the thermometer slowly reach a peak of 14.3C, this was 0.4C below average due to the gentle northeasterly breeze although we enjoyed 4.04 hours of sunshine in the afternoon when the gloomy thick cloud had dispersed.

The sky cleared overnight allowing the thermometer to drop to a minimum of 1.2C at 07.25, which was 6.2C below average giving a ground frost.

Friday dawned with a clear sky, shortly afterwards a thin band of cloud partly obscured the sun but just after 08.00 this had eased away to the east leaving bright sunshine with the promise of more to come as the high pressure exerted its influence.

Update on Friday at 18.30: temperature eases upwards under the influence of 7.4 hours of warm sunshine and little wind, peak of 11mph, to a maximum of 15.6C, almost 1C above average.

Fourth sunless day this month on Wednesday but improvement on Thursday

The lingering effects of the wide and wandering weather front were still affecting our weather on Wednesday that gave a cloudy but mild day.

The thermometer slowly rose above average to a maximum of 15.4C at 13.29, (+0.7C) exactly the same as on Tuesday and then proceeded to fall continuously until reaching a minimum of 8.4C (+1.0C) at 08.00 when endings were taken.

The southerly air flow was replaced late morning by a breeze from the north east and much less cloud overnight produced the lower temperatures. This was the result of high pressure edging in from the west.

Thursday arrived with higher and much less cloud allowing brightness to filter through with the promise of a much better day than previous gloomy days this week.

Update on Thursday at 18.15: light north easterly breeze limits temperature to a maximum of 14.3C, being 0.4C below average, although over 4 hours of sunshine occurred during the afternoon.

Mild, moist and overcast

Tuesday saw the thermometer creep just above the average with a peak 15.4C (+0.8C) under overcast skies although there was little brightness occasionally in the afternoon, that also included a very brief shower amounting to 0.2mm.

Likewise an above average night, minimum of 10.8C (+3.3C), under a thick blanket of cloud.

The rainfall total for October currently stands at 39.8mm with the average being 84.8mm.

Wednesday, unlike Tuesday, dawned without fog but gloomy as the thick cloud persisted under the influence of the weak weather front. However, the barometric pressure has been rising for the last twenty-four hours with the promise of a brighter day tomorrow.

Update on Wednesday at 19.15: maximum temperature of 15.4C, being 0.7C above average and identical to the Tuesday peak. A very still day with a maximum gust of just 8mph and periods when northly air movement ceased.