Cool northeasterly set in

The brisk wind from the north east prevailed all day that, with no sunshine, meant a cool day. A maximum gust of 31mph was accorded at 18.50. The maximum temperature for the day of 5.2C was registered at 08.00 as the thermometer slowly fell away so that at 18.00 the reading of 2.4C felt more like -1C due to wind chill.

The additional rainfall of 2.1mm brought the monthly total to 99.9mm being 94mm above the 37-year average.

A frost set in overnight with a minimum of -0.7C at 07.07 on Sunday.

Sunday began much brighter with thin high cloud allowing very weak sunshine that was so much more cheerful than the last few gloomy starts to many days.

A little sun but much more rain overnight

For much of the day the mild air persisted with the wind from the west. The thermometer rose to a maximum of 10.8C, at 14.29 being 3.7C above average, then began to fall almost continuously, and is still falling.

Just before midnight the wind backed into the south and at 03.00 had rapidly backed further into the east as the next depression barrelled in from the west. Rain triggered the automatic rain gauge at 02.15 with the daily rainfall amounting to 9.3mm as measured in the 5″ copper rain gauge manually at 08.00. The total for January now stands at 97.8mm being 7.3mm above the 37-year average and to date, with two days to go, the wettest January since 2016.

At 08.00 on Saturday the thermometer read 5.1C but the modest breeze from the east produced wind chill so that outside it felt more like 2.9C. The sky is full of thick, low cloud from the weather front that is easing towards the east.

Warmest day for a month on Thursday

The mild, moist air continued on Thursday that saw the thermometer rise to a maximum of 11.7C, which was 4.6C above the average and the warmest day since 23rd December.

Another mild night followed with the minimum of 7.2C occurring on Friday morning at 07.19.

Steady rain began to fall at 20.15 on Thursday evening with a more intense rain band just before 23.00.The daily rainfall total was 11.2mm that brought the monthly total to 88.5mm, which is just 2mm below the 37-year average.

Friday saw low, thick cloud and rain falling after dawn as another rain band arrived from the west.

Very mild weather continues

Wednesday saw the thermometer climb to 8.4C just before midnight, then drop away a degree before rising again during the early hours of Thursday to reach a maximum of 10.9C at 07.15 on Thursday morning. This was 4C above the 37-year average fr average maximum temperatures but 9.5C above the average minimum. It was the warmest day since 23rd December.

Drizzly rain persisted throughout most of the daylight hours on Wednesday but a wide rain band arrived late evening with heavy rain for several hours amounting to 18.7mm. This was the wettest twenty-four hours since 14th November and brought the monthly total to 77.2mm being 13mm below the 37-year January average.

Thursday brought thick low cloud after dawn with gusty winds from the south west.

Temperatures recover

The mild, moist air, predominantly from the south on Tuesday, saw the thermometer rise to 6.8C during the daytime and early evening and peak at 7.8C at 23.52, which was 0.6C above the 37-year average.

Snow cover remained for much of the day but slowly thawed.

Rain showers during darkness amounted to 2.6mm bringing the monthly total to 58.7mm, which is 68% of the long-term average.

The warmth continued overnight with a reading of 7.6C at 08.00 on Wednesday under low cloud that initially limited visibility to 500m, but thinned by 08.30. The air movement after dawn was static with the anemometer above roof height motionless. The snow cover has now completely disappeared.