Monday was second sunniest day in October

The 8.4 hours of sunshine on Monday made it the second sunniest day this month but the steady flow of much cooler air from the north limited the temperature to a maximum of 12.4C. This was 5.4C down on the Sunday peak and 2.3C below average.

The wind had veered into the north on Sunday night as the high pressure eased westwards to centre over the Atlantic.

It was another dry day, the sixth consecutive dry day with the rainfall total still 39.8mm when the October average is 84.8mm.

Although clear skies initially overnight that allowed the thermometer to fall away to a minimum of 3.1C at 23.3, a thin veil of cloud stopped the fall so that at 08.00 today the thermometer read 6.4C.

Tuesday arrived with the thin cloud persisting and blotting out any possibility of sunshine when readings were taken at 08.00.

Update at 17.50 on Tuesday: the modest backing of the wind from the north into the north west gave a slightly higher maximum of 14.6C, average for October. There was less sunshine, 5.8hours, due to more cloud often quite thin.

High pressure intensifies producing fine autumn days

On Sunday the fog rolled in just after 07.30 but had cleared shortly after 10am to provide another 6.5 hours of strong sunshine that lifted the temperature to a maximum of 17.8C being 3.1C above aver and identical to the peak on Saturday.

Just after 19.30 the wind veered from the west into the north with sharp gusts peaking at 19mph, the windiest for a week.

Clear skies overnight meant another very cool night with the minimum of 3.1C at 07.53 being 4.3C below the average.

Monday has dawned with the absence of fog and the sun just showing itself above the horizon.

Update on Monday at 19.40: northerly breeze restricts temperature even though we have enjoyed over 8 hours of sunshine. Maximum of 12.4C at 15.04, which was 2.3C below average, 5.4C down on Sunday’s peak and the coolest day for a week. The seventh consecutive dry day.

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.

Update at 09.05: bank of dense fog, visibility down to 200m, drifted in at 08.46.

Update at 16.35: with over 6 hours of sunshine after the fog cleared and a very light westerly airflow, the temperature reached a maximum of 17.8C at 14.43,exactly the same maximum as on Saturday.

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.