Peak gust of 46 mph – that’s windy!

Storm Gareth on Tuesday gave us a stormy day with wind frequently in excess of 30 mph and the strongest gust of 46mph at 09.34. As the wind temporarily veered from the southwest into the northwest the temperature dropped from 9.3C at 11.00 to 3.2C at 13.30, then recovering a degree or so.

The drizzle in the morning turned to intense rain, briefly, at 11.00 followed by several hours of continuous, steady rain. The rainfall for the past twenty-four hours amounted to 11.7mm, which brought the monthly total to 59.7mm. That means after just 12 days in march the rainfall this month just exceeds the 35-year average rainfall for March. In fact we have yet to have a dry day during March.

A milder night followed so that Wednesday arrived with broken cloud and brief periods of sunshine with a temperature of 7.2C at 08.00