Another wet, windy and sunless day – blame Storm Aidan!

As Storm Aidan developed and moved up the Atlantic to the northwest of Ireland we were on the edge of the depression but it still gave us a very wet day with gusty wind from the southwest that backed into the south late afternoon. However, it was mild again with a maximum of 14.9C, which was 0.3C above the average when we are at the end of October. The cloud meant another mild night with the thermometer not sinking below 12.6C being 5.5C above average. We have now endured 7 sunless day!

Rainfall amounted to 3.8mm bringing the monthly total to 179.9mm, which is 210% of the 36-year average.

Saturday arrived dark and dreary with the wind strength increasing. A maximum gust of 31mph was logged at 06.27 and the direction now from the south-southeast.

Low pressure systems gang up on the UK!

No sooner does one depression ease away but numerous others are waiting in the Atlantic to bring more wind and rain.

Thursday was a gloomy, sunless day that in the morning saw a little rain amounting to 1.3mm. The wind continued from the south west gusting to 26mph in the afternoon and again in the early hours of Friday.

Friday morning continued where Thursday closed with low, thick cloud and a gusty southwesterly bringing moist, warm air. However, the noteworthy detail is the very mild air stream that meant the thermometer did not sink below 13.4C overnight and rose to 13.9C at 07.05 on Friday. Therefore, the minimum was a significant 6.3C above the 36-year average.

Jet stream firing a series of low pressure systems towards UK

During Wednesday we experienced sunshine and showers. The rainfall amounted to another 7.3mm bringing the monthly total 174.8mm, which is twice the 36-year average and almost 20mm above the previous record set in 2004. The sunshine totalled 1.8 hours.

Temperatures were down again with a maximum of only 12.3C being 2.3C below average and a minimum of 6.7C just before midnight that was 0.4C below average.

Thursday arrived with leaden skies and light rain. The jet stream is currently quite active feeding a succession of depressions towards the UK on southwesterly winds that yesterday gusted to 26mph.

Changeable best describes the current weather

Tuesday was a wet and breezy day that produced another 3.8mm of rainfall that brought the monthly total to 167.5mm, which is 81.9mm above the 36-year average. We have only had six totally dry days in October. The day started with the wind coming from the south but late morning it veered more into the southwest then west, gusting to a peak 21mph. There was one very brief burst of sunshine that triggered the sunshine recorder early morning then died away for thee rest of the day.

Temperatures were up a little on the Monday figures with a maximum of 13.7C being 1.C below average but a cloudy night saw the thermometer drop to 7.1C being exactly average for October.

Wednesday saw thin cloud that meant a bright start but no direct sunshine.

Depression after depression is depressing!

The westerly breeze on Monday, a cooler direction, meant both the maximum of 13.1C was below average (-1.5C) and the minimum of 6.1C (-1.0C). Sunshine on midday was in short supply, just 2.3 hours, but welcome.

A warm front passing over the area in the early hours of Tuesday meant a build up of cloud that lifted the thermometer to 8.1C at 08.00 but produced 1.4mm of rainfall starting just after 05.45.

A very deep depression in the north Atlantic has subsumed the remains of the Atlantic Storm Epsilon and currently has an unusually low barometric pressure at its centre of 943mb. The local pressure at 08.00 was 998.2mb and falling rapidly. We will feel the effects of this depression during today and tomorrow. Its forecast track is to the north so we won’t experience the full force of the system. The wind is currently coming from the south but later this morning will veer into the southwest as the depression moves eastwards.