Another above average monthly rainfall

Wednesday initially saw a little brightness and there were glimpses of the sun during the day amounting to 5.5 hours that meant it was a warmer day than the very cold Tuesday but a maximum of 13.4C was still 0.7C below average.

It was a breezy day with the wind predominantly from the southwest and gusting to 24mph at 12.50. This was the strongest gust since 21st April.

A rain band passed through in the late evening, starting at 21.45 and again just after 23.00, which was very heavy and produced another 5.4mm of rainfall. This brought the monthly total to 64.9mm, which is 7mm above the 36-year average. It is the wettest April since 2014 with one day of April showers still to add to the total.

It was another very cool night with the thermometer sinking to 4.9C at 04.25, being just above the average.

Low pressure is now firmly in control as depressions roll in from the Atlantic. The barometer dropped to 993.7mb at 08.00 on Thursday and continues to fall. This is the lowest pressure since 5th March. Thursday saw a little brightness after dawn but thick cloud soon obscured the sun with a light shower soon adding to the monthly total that occurred at 07.50.

No sun on Tuesday! only second day in April

The rain on Tuesday continued for most of the day adding another 7.8mm to the monthly rainfall total that currently stands at 59.5mm, which is 1.6mm above the 36-year average.

There was no sunshine as the depression very slowly edged northwards slowly circling anticlockwise bringing thick, low cloud. As a result the UV level of 1.5 was the lowest this month and in the ‘Low’ category.

The rain and cloud meant the thermometer stubbornly remained at 7.7C or 7.8C all day, which made it the coldest day since 5th March.

Overnight the thermometer edged a little lower producing a minimum of 5.9C.

There was broken sunshine after dawn on Wednesday that lifted the temperature back to 7.8C at 08.00.

Yesterday’s depression is easing away as another approaches from the west with rain later this morning. The barometric pressure edges even lower with a current reading of 1002.2mb making it the lowest pressure since 5th March.

The rain returns

Monday was dry until a narrow band of cloud, about 15 miles wide, traversed the area from southwest to north east in the mid afternoon. The first spots of rain were observed just after 14.30 developing into light rain between 15.00 and 15.45 amounting to 0.6mm.

The warmth on Monday was much closer to the average with a maximum of 16.2C being 2.1C above the 36-year average but 3.7C below the previous day’s high. The sunshine was much less than on the previous eight days totalling 5 hours before we lost the sun in the afternoon as cloud built up. The very light wind, initially from the west and north west, veered into the north east in the afternoon.

A depression, moving north from the channel, began to drop rain just after 02.30 on Tuesday morning producing another 12.7mm, that brought the daily total to 13.3mm and the monthly total to 51.7mm.

The temperature slowly ebbed away after the peak at 13.07 on Monday to a minimum of 7.6C at 08.00 onTuesday morning. The rain was heavy after dawn from thick, low cloud with a very light breeze.

Sunday brought us the last of the very sunny April days

The barometric pressure continues to ebb away as the anticyclone loses its effect on the country. The light winds from a much warmer direction and 11.4 hours of sunshine meant that the temperature edged a little higher on Sunday reaching 19.9C late in the afternoon at 16.44.

The most notable change on Sunday was the absence of the persistent north easterly winds that have been with us for the past twelve days. The air movement on Sunday was initially from the south but as the morning progressed it backed into the south east.

The lowest temperature overnight was 5.5C that occurred in the early hours at 03.10 on Monday. The temperature then began rose as cloud eased in from the west that lifted the temperature to 9.7C at 08.00.

Monday arrived with complete cloud cover, very light winds and the occasional brightness.

Far less sunshine is forecast for the remainder of the month so we must remember the 226 hours of glorious, strong sunshine recorded in the first 26 days.

The current barometric pressure is 1007.3mb, the lowest it has been in the whole of April.

Update on Monday at 18.00: first rain after eight consecutive dry days but only 0.6mm.

Temperatures cool as anticyclone eases away

Although we had another 11.2 hours of sunshine Saturday,the cool north easterly breeze pegged back the temperature to a maximum 18.8C. That was the coolest day since the 21st but still 4.7C above average.

The past night was the coldest in the past ten days as under clear skies and absence of wind the thermometer fell steadily down until reaching a minimum 2.3C at 05.55 on Sunday morning. After so many windy days the anemometer fell still just 16.00 and di not move again until just before 08.00 on Sunday.

A bank of fog was evident on the eastern horizon at dawn on Sunday that saw the sun struggling to penetrate. By 06.45 the fog bank had moved over this area limiting visibility down to 200m. However, just after 07.00 the sun, by then gaining in strength and height in the sky, dispersed the fog to just mist and shortly afterwards clearing completely. By 8.00 the thermometer had Rosen to 9.1C.

The barometric pressure has been slowly declining over the past four days so a change in our weather is imminent. The reading at 08.00 Sunday was 1012.3mb, down from a peak pressure of 1029.4mb on the 14th.

After nine consecutive days with the wind coming from the north east, today sees a very slight breeze coming from the south or south west later.