Warmer air arrives

Under the influence of an air mass brought to us from the south and south east the thermometer rose to 10.1C in late evening, the warmest day in almost three weeks and but only just average for November.

Overnight there were very light showers and drizzle amounting to 0.7mm bringing the monthly total to 89.6mm being exactly 2mm below the 35-year average. The thermometer did not drop below 8.0C, being 4.2C above average.

Monday dawned gloomy with very low cloud obscuring the tops of the Marlborough Downs and Savernake Forest with light drizzle from yet anther weather system.

No sun, no UV and even no global sunshine on Saturday

Saturday saw low, thick cloud cover all day that produced another gloomy day. No global sunshine was recorded at the rate of 100w/sq.m due to the density of the cloud. Another 5.1mm of rainfall was recorded that brought the monthly total to 88.9mm, which is just 3mmm below the 35-year average.

The maximum of 9.7C was below average, the eighteenth consecutive below average day, but that did not occur until mid-evening at 20.26 as the thermometer had slowly been rising all day.

Overnight the cloud and mist persisted into Sunday with a reading of 8.1C at 08.00 Sunday morning.

No sun, no UV – just gloomy and wet again!

Friday was another day in the succession of wet, gloomy days that have been so frequent in November. The thermometer did rise a little higher than previous days with a maximum of 8.3C but that was still 1.8C below average.

After a wet morning the afternoon was a little drier but further rain fell in the early hours of Saturday although the daily total was only 2.8mm. This moved the rainfall total for autumn from fifth to fourth highest since this station started in 1984.

Saturday started with thick cloud and light rain but a little milder with a temperature at 08.00 of 8.1C being the warmest start to the day since 5th November. A depression centred over the Bay of Biscay is slowly rotating anticlockwise, as they do, throwing up much cloud and frequent showers.

Warmer by night than day

With the wind persisting from the north east for most of the day the thermometer hovered around 3.7C. However with the wind veering into the south late evening the thermometer eased upwards a fraction to give a reading of 6.8C at 03.52 Friday morning before dropping back to 4.4C at 08.00.

Another 4.5mm of rainfall was added to the total bringing the November reading to 81.9mm. However, this is still only the fifth wettest November since the station opened in 1984.

The hang back of heavy cloud from the latest weather front eased away to the east after dawn giving a brighter start to the day before more showers move in.

Three consecutive dry day – but it won’t last!

Wednesday was a gloomy day with minimal solar energy but it was dry day, the third consecutive dry day.The brisk wind, gusting to 24mph in the late morning, meant the temperatures were depressed again with a maximum of only 7.2C being 2.9C below average.

The stronger wind produced a wind chill that meant it felt a couple of degrees colder than indicated on the thermometer.

Cloud cover overnight, ahead of the next weather front approaching from the Atlantic, meat no frost but with a minimum of only 2.7C was still 1.1C below average.

Thursday saw thick cloud cover at dawn as the next rain band edged closer. The significant change was that the wind had backed a few degrees and then coming from the east. With a temperature of 3.9C at 08.00 the wind chill meant it felt more like 1.4C.