Just missed the main rain – again!

Another day with mixed weather on Tuesday with 5.8 hours of sunshine, broken by occasional very light showers in the afternoon that only amounted to 0.9mm, which soon evaporated. The gardens are still awaiting a good soak with the last substantial rainfall a month ago.

The changeable weather continues under the influence of the Atlantic depressions that continue to advance from the west producing sunshine and light showers as the weather fronts approach and cross the country. As on numerous previous occasions I have watched the rain radar and seen the showers approach from the south or west and watched them skirt the area. I think the topography of the area deflects rain showers, but not rain bands, around the higher ground.

It was cooler again with the thermometer also below average (-1.9C) with a maximum of 18.3C.

The UV level yesterday fell back into the ‘high’ category after the previous three days when it soared into the ‘very high’ category.

Another below average minimum occurred with the thermometer falling to 9.2C (-0.7C) in the early hours of Wednesday.

Wednesday brought blue skies after dawn and strong sunshine that lifted the temperature to 13.2C at 08.00. A lovely morning, if a little breezy.