Torrential rain – for a few minutes Sunday night

Other than a brief shower mid afternoon, Sunday was dry during daylight hours. The majority of the sunshine, 4.8 hours, was predominantly in the morning that gave a maximum of 20.2C, 0.7C below average, at 13.34.

A minute or two before 22.30 last night the heavens opened with torrential rain, at its peak falling at the rate of 220mm/hour. Fortunately the intense shower only lasted a few minutes but its intensity was such that the satellite signal to our TV failed. The rainfall for the past twenty-four hours amounted to 7.5mm bringing the monthly total to 35.4mm when the average for August is 66.3mm.

Last night was cool with the thermometer dipping down to 11.7 at 03.25.

Monday saw thick cloud after dawn but after 08.00 there were vey brief bright intervals although the temperature of 13.1C at that time meant the coolest start to a day this month.

The deep depression is now well into the north sea with a consequent rise in barometric pressure, currently 1013.7mb, giving a limited ridge of higher pressure, which should mean less frequent showers and brighter conditions for the next day or two.

Update on Monday at 18.40: the wind, having veered into the north west, meant the cooler polar air limited the temperature to a maximum of 18.5C, which was 2.4C below average and the coolest day since 19th June.