October began where September finished with more rain

Tuesday saw the last of the warm air from the southerly breeze with a maximum of 18.3C, which was 3.6C above the October average. However, mid-afternoon the wind veered from the south into the north west then for a while into the north east as the departing low-pressure system moved into the North Sea.

The cooler air from the north to north east direction, and a clear sky meant a cool night with the thermometer falling to 5.1C at 07.20, Wednesday morning.

Rainfall for the past twenty-four hours amounted to 8.4mm. Although the rain at times was very heavy it was modest compared to other areas of the country that had 50cm in an hour or almost 2 metres of floodwater.

Wednesday saw the sun shine brightly from a clear sky after dawn with a temporary rise in pressure before ex hurricane Lorenzo makes itself felt on Thursday.

September 2019 Review

September has been a month of extremes. The first 20 days saw little rain, just 7.3mm, with ten totally dry days. Thereafter every day was wet with considerable rainfall.

The heaviest rainfall occurred on the 23rd with a total of 29.6mm, the days on either side each producing thunder on two occasions.

The rainfall for the month amounted to 111.4mm. This was 181% of the 35-year average or plus 50mm also the wettest September since 2006 when a record 131.9mm fell. The contrasting year was in 2009 when as little 11.1mm was recorded. The other significant daily totals were 18.6mm, 23.0mm and 10.0m on the 24th, 28th and 30th respectively.

Due to the high pressure that settled over and around the country for the majority of the month, it was a warm month with the mean temperature 0.4C above the 35-year average. There were seven days when the peak temperature exceeded 20C when the average was 18.6C. The hottest day on the 21st saw a maximum of 24.9C.

No air frost occurred although the thermometer dropped to a minimum of 0.4C on the morning of the 8th that produced a brief ground frost.

The diurnal temperature, which is the variation between day and night, has seen significant changes for some months since my records began in 1984. September has seen the maximum variation increase by about 1C. However, the variations for the months November to February have seen the maximum increase by 2C to 3C.

During the month 168 hours of sunshine were recorded with many days in the middle of the month seeing almost wall-to-wall sunshine. On the 13th 10.25 hours of sunshine were recorded.