Unseasonably warm!

On Thursday the thermometer rose to a maximum of 11.6C, which was a significant 4.6C above the 35-year average but exceeded on two previous days in January. Aa on previous occasions a plume of air from mid-Atlantic brought moist but warm air, giving another gloomy day without sunshine, the twelfth this month.

The overnight minimum was 8.7C, which was not only 7.6C above the 35-year minimum average but 1.7C above the average maximum for January.

A little moisture was recorded, just 0.6mm, that brought the monthly total to 91.3mm, just above average.

Friday arrived with thick cloud and its base so low it was shrouding the Marlborough Downs and Savernake Forest.

Gloom again on Thursday after a sunny day on Wednesday

Wednesday gave us a dry day with 4.6 hours of sunshine, predominantly in the morning, broken in the afternoon. The UV level at 0.9 was the highest since early November, evidence that the sun is slowly getting stronger.

It was a mild day with the thermometer climbing to 9.0C at 14.04 in the modest south westerly breeze being 3C above average.

Sadly, overnight the thick cloud again filled in the sky giving murky, gloomy damp conditions. The blanket of cloud meant a mild night with the thermometer not dropping below 6.6C, which was 5.5C above the 35-year average.

A touch of winter

After the low temperature on Tuesday morning and the light snow cover the thermometer struggled to reach 5.0C in the very brisk westerly wind. This maximum was 2.0C below average. Likewise the minimum of 0.6C this morning was 1.8C below average and produced a ground frost.

There was 0.6mm of precipitation on Tuesday that brought the monthly total to 90.6mm, just 0.2mm above the 35-year average.

After the lowest barometric pressure this month on Tuesday morning the pressure has been building for the past twenty-four hours as a ridge builds over the country. Wednesday saw clear skies after dawn with the promise of sunshine.

Snow overnight

Monday started with a little brightness but soon the cloud thickened and rain began to fall just after noon but was intense between 14.15 and 14.30.

The maximum temperature of 7.3C occurred at 13.15 as the cloud thickened ahead of the rain arriving, being 0.3C above the average. Overnight the minimum was 2.3C until just before dawn when the thermometer dropped to 0.6C, being 0.5C below average.

During the early hours of Tuesday morning, starting at 01.45 and heavy at 02.00, more showers occurred and as the temperature dropped to around 2.5C, they fell as sleet and snow. The precipitation for January now stands at exactly 90mm, which is 0.6mm below the 35-year average.

Tuesday arrived with thin, high cloud and weak sunshine as the sun rose above the local eastern horizon at 07.56.

Cold front brings substantial rain

After a brief shower in the early hours of Sunday the morning was dry but the approaching cold front brought increasing cloud and several hours of rain in the afternoon, intense between 15.15 and 14.30, amounting to 5.9mm. That brought the monthly total to 70.6mm, which is 78% of the 35-year average.

Temperatures by day and night, thanks to the cloud cover and south westerly breeze gusting to 24mph, were both above average with a maximum of 8.9C (+2.0C) and 4.7C (+3.6C).

Monday saw broken after dawn with the cloud base much higher.