Another wet night – only three dry days this month

Friday was a pleasant spring day, being dry with 1.5 hours of sunshine that lifted the temperature to a maximum 11.0C, the first above average day for a week.

Overnight another rain band crossed the area bringing 6.4mm of rainfall that has raised the total for March to 92.5mm, which is 35mm above the 34-year average.

Saturday morning still suffers from the hang back of cloud and rain associated with the slow moving weather front. Light rain is still falling from the heavy cloud and dull conditions.

Thursday was a dreary day then rain overnight

There was the very briefest of sunshine on Thursday morning that triggered the sunshine recorder for a minute followed by a cloudy day. It was a dry day but a cool day as the thermometer refused to get above 8.3C, some 2.2C below the March average.

A rain band moved across the region overnight bringing 2.2mm of rainfall, starting just after 1am, with the strongest winds of the past day at 02.34 with a gust of 25mph whereas the daylight hours were relatively calm with wind speeds up to just 15mph.

The total precipitation for March now stands at 86.1mm being nearly 30mm over the 34-year average.

Friday began with a hang back of cloud from the weather front but just before 08.00 the cloud began to break and strong bursts of sun broke through. The thermometer at 08.00 had recovered to 7.2C.

Wednesday was the sunniest day for almost a month

With 8.56 hours of sunshine on Wednesday it was more like a spring day. The warm sunshine and winds from the west, now much lighter only gusting to 16mph rather than the 30’s, gave a maximum temperature of 9.3C at 13.45. A couple of degrees up on Tuesday but still 1.2C below the 34-year average.

No precipitation fell yesterday, the first dry day for a week with the UV level at its highest this month, equal to that reached on Monday.

Overnight cloud meant a minimum of 2.8C which had recovered to 5.9C at 08.00 today, which meant a frost free night, the first for a week.

This morning shortly after dawn there was transitory brightness but cloud soon thickened to blot out all sunshine.

Warming up at last! We’ve lost the pesky northeasterly winds.

Tuesday was a less sunny day than Monday, just 2.7 hours, but the slight change of the wind into a nor nor east direction and reduced wind strength allowed the temperature to rise to a maximum of 7.1C at 14.15. Although the warmest day for four days this was still 3.4C below the March average. Instead of winds gusting over 30 mph Tuesday’s peak was 22mph and the wind chill much less prominent although still dropping the feel of the ambient air temperature by a couple of degrees.

Overnight the thermometer slowly drifted downwards but not dropping below freezing until a few minutes after 3am. The minimum reached just before dawn was -2.4C but by the time readings were taken at 08.00 this had recovered to 0.9C.

Sun was evident as soon as it rose above the horizon and triggered the sunshine record (100 w/m2) just before 07.30 with the promise of much more during the day as the sky is mostly clear, just the occasional wisps of cloud.

The significant feature this morning, as regards our weather, is that the wind has at last backed from the persistent northeasterly direction to a gentle breeze from the west as the high pressure changes position.

The very high barometric pressure reached its highest since 23rd December with a reading of 1033.7mb just after midnight and the reason for a much calmer and sunnier day today.

Wednesday update at 11.30: with almost 4 hours of strong sunshine by 11.30 today, the thermometer has risen above the peak of Tuesday, reading 7.3C, and still rising although 3C below average.

Wednesday update at 14.00: with a maximum of 9.3C the thermometer peaked at 13.45. This is 2C up on Tuesday but still 1.2C below the 34-year March average.

Wednesday update at 16.30: 8.5 hours of strong sunshine today, which was the sunniest day since 25th February. Temperature falling away now as sun looses its strength with a current reading of 7.7C

Sun returned on Monday but still wind chill from 33mph winds

Another significant fall of snow occurred Sunday night into Monday with the equivalent of 2.1mm of rainfall.

On Monday the thermometer slowly rose above freezing to register a maximum of 3.2C at 15.04, thanks to 5.8 hours of sunshine. However, The strong winds, gusting to 33mph, meant a wind chill factor all day. A significant feature was the highest UV reading since the beginning of October.

During Monday evening the winds initially gained in straight before falling much lighter in the early hours. This was due to the barometric pressure rising rapidly, to its highest reading this morning, which meant the isobars were much closer together and therefore a steep pressure gradient resulting in the strong winds

There was a slight fall of light snow overnight and between the gaps in the increased cloud cover, the thermometer fell to a low of -0.5C.

Tuesday has arrived with cloud much higher and thinner with occasional glimpses of the sun. After the slight and short air frost overnight the temperature recovered to read 2.3C at 08.00. The notable feature this morning is that the wind has backed from the northeast into the north and abated. Wind from this direction is less cold than that from Siberia, thankfully.

Tuesday update at 13.30: temperature struggled to reach a maximum of 6.4C at 13.15, just after a short burst of sunshine, which is in short supply today, less than half an hour at the moment. The brisk north to northeast wind is giving a wind chill so that it feels more like 3C.

Tuesday update at 15.00: late short burst of sunshine pushes thermometer to a maximum of 7.1C at 14.15, which was still 3.4C below the average. We still have several cms of snow around the bungalow, where drifts up to 40cms built up in the high winds, although most of the less deep snow has melted away.

Tuesday update at 19.30: temperature been dropping away for past three hours, now down to 3.7C and still falling slowly. It is likely to be a chilly night as the ground is still very cold (0.7C at 08.00 this morning)from the snow and frost of recent days. The thin cloud will do little to stop radiation of any ground warmth into the atmosphere.