Second driest first half of October since 1984 – just.

Saturday proved another grey and dull day. It was the second day this month with no sunshine and the lowest UV level, at 1.4, since 16th March.

Another day with no rainfall and the total standing at 6.2mm, just 7% of the 33-year average.

It has been the second driest first half to October since 2003, which by the 15th had exactly 6.0mm.The last four Octobers have had reducing rainfall totals from 135.1mm in 2013 to the driest October in 2016 with only 31.5mm, which was 36% of the long-term average.

Both maximum and minimum for the the last twenty-four hours were above average with 17.8C (+3.2C) and 13.3C (+6C), all due to the flow of southerly air from way down in the Azores.

This morning is again dull with thick cloud and minimal wind, averaging 3mph.