Sunday gave us another day with thick cloud and strong north easterly winds, gusting to 28mph, that restricted the temperatures for a third day.
An indication that the cloud was persistently thick with strong, cool winds giving wind chill was that the thermometer struggled to reach a maximum of only 7.9C at 11.49 when peak temperatures at this time of year are usually late afternoon. That peak was 6.1C below the average with wind chill making it feel more like 4C.
The cloud thinned a little overnight allowing the temperature to fall only 3C to a minimum 4.2C at 06.13 this morning, being 0.5C above average.
At 08.00 on this Monday morning the wind has been increasing again for the last few hours giving a wind chill that makes it feel like 1.2C with the thermometer now reading 4.5C.
As the depression over the continent slowly edged northeastwards the wind backed further, currently from the north, with the change occurring around midnight. The current rain radar indicates that we are likely to miss the heavy rainfall previously forecast for this area with the nearest rain some 20 miles to the east and slowly edging away.
Monday update at 18.30: temperature rose to a high of 10.6C, the warmest day for four days but still 4C below average. Thankfully the strong winds have been abating.
Saturday was even worse than Friday with the wind now in the Northeast it was cold, breezy and damp. The thermometer struggled to briefly reach a maximum of 8.3C having been just below for most of the day. This was the third coldest day in April and a significant 6C below the average.
No sunshine occurred due to the persistent thick cloud with the UV level very low. Bands of drizzle occurred from time to time but with no significant amount, the total for the day was 0.4mm.
Overnight the thermometer slipped away to a minimum of 5.3C being 1.6C above the average.
Sunday has arrived and is again cloudy, cold and damp, exactly as was Saturday, due to the extensive cloud from the depression lurking over the content and due to move nearer with signifiant rainfall in the future. The northeasterly is causing a wind chill that both yesterday and today drops the temperature so that it feels at least 1C below the thermometer reading.
Sunday update at 10.00: temperature of only 6.2C but wind chill makes it feel more like 3C.
Sunday update at 15.25: maximum today of only 7.9C, very briefly, (average 14C) with wind chill making it feel more like 4C in strengthening northeasterly wind gusting to 25mph.
Friday started with the remnants of a rain band that was followed by a wet afternoon, which amounted to 5.1mm bringing the April total to 62.4mm being 4mm above the 34-year average.
With the wind backing again, now from the southeast into the northeast, it was not surprising to find that the temperatures were depressed with a maximum of only 9.7C. This was 4.3C below the April average also 4.5C down on Thursday’s maximum and the coldest day since 12th April.
A cloudy night followed with the wind continuing to back, now into the north, with a minimum of 6.3C, being 2.6C above the April average.
Saturday has started grey and dull with low cloud and light winds from the north, which will give us another very cool day.
Last year on 27th April my rhododendrons were in full bloom until a hard air frost, with a minimum of -3C, killed off the blooms. It indicates how far behind spring is this year.
Thursday gave us a splendid day with 9.7 hours of strong sunshine although the string westerly winds, gusting to 25 mph, pegged back the temperature to a maximum of 14.2C, average for late April and up 0.5C on Thursday.
Overnight the next weather front, very wide this time, approached with thickening cloud such that the minimum of 6.0C, being 2C above the average, occurred at 01.25.
The first rain began to fall just before 5.00am this morning and measured 4.0mm by 08.00 that brought the total for April to 57.3mm, which is 1mm short of the 34-year average.
Friday has dawned with thick cloud and continuous light rain with the slow moving rain bands likely to affect us for most of the day.
There has been a significant change in wind direction over the last twelve hours as the wind slowly backed from the west into the southeast, starting justify after 7pm on Thursday.
N.B. On this day last year my rhododendrons were in full bloom before a -3C air frost wrecked them.
Wednesday brought us typical April weather with sunshine, amounting to 6.74 hours, and variable cloud although only one shower occurred, which produced just 0.1mm of rainfall as the main shower bands passed to the north and south of this area.
It was the coolest day since 15th April with a maximum of only 13.7C, just below average. There was a strong gust of wind, reaching 28mph as the squall passed over.
Clearer skies overnight meant a cooler night with the thermometer falling to a minimum of 5.7C, down a degree on yesterday, although this had recovered to 8.9C at 08.00 this morning.
The cooler westerly wind continues this morning with strong sun after dawn that with a higher barometric pressure suggests less cloud during the day before the next weather front arrives this evening.