Temperatures still depressed

The brisk easterly wind, gusting strongly in the morning to 23mph, meant the daytime maximum of 10.9C was 4.7C below average. There was welcome sunshine in the morning but cloud increased in the afternoon from a weather system lurking to the south west.

There were a couple, of very brief showers overnight, amounting to 0.8mm, bringing the monthly total to 150.2mm, which makes it the third third wettest October since the station was started in 1984.

Thursday saw 8/8 cloud after dawn but much calmer conditions after a low of 6.4C, which was 0.8C below average.

Cool by day and night thanks to brisk northeasterly breeze

Although there was no sunshine on Tuesday at least it was a dry day thanks to the drier air brought on a brisk northeasterly wind gusting to a peak of 21mph. The warm front to the south west threw cloud over southern England but the sporadic rain kept to the west of our region.

The temperatures by day and night were below the 35-year average with a maximum of 9.8C (-4.9C) and 6.2C (-1.0C).

Wednesday saw an improvement at dawn as the main edge of the cloud from the weather front was just to the south, rather than just to the north of the area, so hazy sunshine greeted the new day.

Driest air mass this month on Tuesday morning

Monday was another dry day that started calm after a very sharp frost. Just after midday the wind began to increase having veered into the northeast making it feel much colder. Not surprisingly, the maximum was depressed with a peak of 8.9C, which was 5.7C below the 35-year average.

Tuesday saw limited brightness after dawn as the cloud that drifted in Monday afternoon from a disturbance to the southwest, is still present. The cloud meant a frost free night with a minimum of 4.9C. The wind, continuing to come from the northeast is a drier air with humidity at 08.00 registering 92%, the lowest at this time of day for a month.

Coldest night for six months

The barometric pressure held high on Sunday giving 5.9 hours of welcome sunshine but the wind from the north east meant depressed temperatures. The maximum was 11.0C, which was 4.7C below average. The thermometer fell steadily after the peak reaching a minimum of -1.8C at 04.41 Monday morning under clear skies. This was 9.0C below average and the coldest night since 4th April.

It was only the fourth dry day in October.

Monday arrived with bright sunshine as soon as the sun crossed the horizon with the thermometer having slowly risen to 1.2C at 08.00.

Dramatic weather event at 15.15

Saturday saw rain and drizzle all morning and well into the afternoonfrom the extensive weather front. However, at 15.15 the thermometer read 14.8C but within 15 minutes this had dramatically fallen 4C, the wind had veered from south west to north west and the barometric pressure immediately began to rise.

All this occurred as a cold front made its way down south eastwards across the country. There was no sunshine during the day, not surprisingly, but for the first time my equipment gave a zero reading for solar energy at 100w/sq.m

Rainfall for the past twenty-four hours amounted to 13.5mm bringing the monthly total to 149.4mm, which is 65.8mm above the 35-year average. Thus is not a station record as in 2004 October produced 1593mm.

Due to the initial warm air the maximum was 14.2C, just below average, but the cold polar maritime air meant a minimum of 1.2C just after dawn on Sunday.

Sunday after dawn saw the hang back of cloud from the weather front but weak sunshine breaking through.