Warmest night this month

With fewer hours of sunshine on Monday, the wind having backed into the southwest rather than the cooler northwest, still meant that it was another warm day with the maximum of 23.5C being 0.8C above the average.

Cloud cover overnight limited warmth from the ground radiating into space so the minimum of 13.7C at 00.35 was almost 2C above the 35-year average. This was the warmest night in July.

Monday was another dry day. The rainfall recorded over the past three weeks amounted to 8.1mm whereas the equivalent rainfall lost to the atmosphere through evaporation from ground sources and plant life far exceeded this with a total of 32mm.

Tuesday initially saw bright intervals but by 08.00 the cloud cover was 8/8 completely blocking out the sun.