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.

Another very mild day and night – the last for while

Monday was notable for the persistent thick, low cloud and no sunshine. However, the mild air flow pushed the thermometer to a maximum of 10.9C, which was 3.6C above the 34-yrar average and the warmest day since 24th January.

After midday the wind started to veer into the northwest with a consequent fall off in temperature, but not significantly, so that we had the warmest night, again since 24th January, with a minimum of 6.5C, some 5C above the average.

The barometric pressure is beginning to rise and with the wind from a drier quarter, the prospect of a brighter day to day.

At 08.00 the cloud arriving from the Northwest was broken with some early brightness as the hang back of cloud from the weather front yesterday eased to the east.

Update at 10.00: Ambient temperature 7.6C, Wind Chill feels like 4C, Wind Gusts 30mph

Warmest night and morning for weeks

The wind from a southerly quadrant brought another mild day with a maximum of 7.8C, just above average but 1C down on the previous day.

There were brief glimpses of sunshine early in the day, amounting to 7 minutes.

Overnight another rain band cross the country brigning 2.7mm of rain. Associated with this weather front is thick low cloud that is draping the Marlborough Downs with visibility down to 900m.

It was the warmest night for a month with the thermometer not dropping below 6.2C, almost 5C above average, and rising to 7.3C at 08.00 making it the warmest start to the day since 31st January.

We must enjoy these mild, if murky and misty days as the Jet Stream is forecast to slow down and dramatically change its pattern over recent weeks, bringing much colder weather.

Mild, dry weather continues

Saturday brought us 2.45 hours of sunshine and mild southwesterly breezes that took the temperature to 8.7C. Another dry day with the UV level again the highest since the end of October.

Overnight cloud meant that the minimum was 4.9C at 08.00.

Sunday has dawned with moderate cloud cover but bright although the cloud is thickening ahead of another weather front.