Dark and dreary was Wednesday

Wednesday was totally dominated by thick cloud that gave a sunless day, only the fourth this month.

The temperature, not surprisingly, was down for the fourth successive day with a maximum of 16.3C being 0.5C below average.

It was a dry day and night so the May rainfall total stands at 53.2mm, which is 8mm below the May average.

It was another warm night when the thermometer did not fall below 14.6C.

Thursday arrived with thick fog limiting visibility to 200m initially. However, by 7am the fog was beginning to thin and glimpses of brightness began to brake through.

The mild nights and days produced a temperature in the soil, at a depth of 5cm at 08.00 of 16.8C, the warmest at this time of day since 28th August.

Windy, cool day followed by much more rain

Tuesday, sadly, was a sunless day with gusting northeasterly winds and heavy cloud.

The thermometer slowly reached a maximum of 17.3C, which was 0.5C above average as was the minimum overnight, of 12.9C (+6C), due to thick cloud from another weather front arriving from the east.

The rain in the early hours amounted to 9.2mm, which brings the total for May to 53.2mm, still 8mm below the 34-year average.

Wednesday started with the hang back of heavy cloud from the latest weather front and rain that stopped just after 7.30am.

Sunshine down, UV down, temperature down by day but very warm night

Monday was a disappointing day after the strong sunshine on Sunday. The morning and much of the afternoon were hazy after the fog lifted but late afternoon the cloud cleared intermittently to produce 2.1 hours of sunshine.

The wind, continuing from the northeast and gaining in strength meant a cooler day with a maximum of 21.9C, being 5C above average but down 3C on Sunday’s maximum.

Tuesday has arrived with hazy conditions but no fog or sunshine because the cloud is thick and the northeasterly stronger again. The minimum overnight was 13.8C making it the warmest night this month.

Although we had the wettest day for almost four years on Thursday last week the rainfall for May is now 44mm but the evaporation from ground sources and plant life is 93.2mm.

UV level rises into ‘Very High’ category again

Sunday started off with light rain and a murky morning but after midday the sky began to lighten and by mid-afternoon the sunshine, amounting to 5.5 hours, was very strong and the UV level peaked at 7.1, which was in the “Very High’ category.

As a result of the moist, warm continental air and strong sunshine, the temperature reached a peak of 24.7C at 18.14, which was almost 8C above the May average.

The sunshine total for May is currently 234 hours, which is more than double the average for the previous four years.

Overnight the temperature dropped away to a minimum of 11.4C, which was 4C above average, allowing fog to form with visibility down to 150m at dawn. By 08.00 the thermometer had recovered to 15.1C and the fog was slowly thinning.

Warmest night in seven months

The sun returned on Saturday with 5.7 hours that, with the warmer air from the near continent, boosted the thermometer to a maximum of 23.3C being 6.5C above the 34-year average.

It was a dry day with gusting northeasterly winds up to a maximum of 27mph followed by a dry night.

With the thermometer falling no lower than 13.4C overnight, due to the thick cloud, it was the warmest night since 16th October.

Sunday has arrived with predominantly thick cloud cover with just the occasional glimpse of brightness however rain has started to fall, briefly, as I write this at 08.16.