Sunshine and showers again!

Although we had 3 hours of sunshine on Saturday there were brief showers in the afternoon that meant the thermometer did not climb above the average with a peak of 14.0C (-0.5C).

Initially the thermometer dropped steadily away late evening reaching a minimum of 6.4C at 00.55 on Sunday morning, thereafter, the advancing cloud from the next weather front meant the thermometer climbed back up to reach 11.7C at 0800 on Sunday.

The first, brief rain was recorded at 0440 Sunday morning but the heavy and continuous rain arrived at 0520 and continued well after 0800. The daily rainfall total was 12.7mm bringing the monthly total to 122.9mm. This brought the monthly total to 122.9mm being 144% of the 37-year average or +37.5mm. This total is still well below the record wet October of 2020 when 191.0mm was recorded.

A dry day on Friday followed by more rain

Friday gave us a dry, bright morning, but showers occurred in the early afternoon so a reduced maximum of 13.7C. This peak was the first below average for a week (-0.8C).

Once again the total overnight cloud cover meant a mild night with the thermometer not falling below 9.2C being 2.1C above the average for October.

A two hour wide rain band produced heavy rain to fall, starting at 0650 on Saturday morning, that gave a daily total of 7.0mm up to 0800 and a monthly total of 110.2mm, which is 129% of the 37-year average.

The barometric pressure is at its lowest since 5th October with a reading at 0800 on Saturday of 992.0mb.

Another sunless day on Thursday and heavy overnight rain

Although we did not enjoy any sunshine on Thursday the thermometer rose just above average (+0.6C) with a peak of 15.1C in the brisk southerly wind. The wind picked up in the evening gusting to 32mph, the strongest since 30th September. It was the sixth sunless day this month.

A minor rain band brought rain at 2150 for a brief period however the main rain band started just before midnight that raised the daily total 11.8mm resulting in a monthly total of 103.2mm being 18mm above the 37-year average.

Due to the cloud cover it was another mild night with he minimum of 12.0C being 5C above average.

There was a brief lull immediately before dawn but heavy rain began to fall again at 0750 as narrow band of heavy rain passed over the area.

Dreary, misty day on Wednesday

The low, cloud with intermittent very light drizzle continued for most of Wednesday, just a little brightness late afternoon.

The southwesterly breeze was stronger with a peak gust of 24mph, that combined with no sunshine meant a cooler day than of late with a maximum of 14.8C, which just above average.

During the evening the thermometer was steady at 13.8C and then rose to 14.2C at 2200 for an hour before slowly falling to 12.9C at 07.05 on Thursday. The low was a significant 5.8C above the 37-year average. The diurnal temperature was just 1.9C, the variation between the high and low.

Thursday broke with the total cloud cover still in existence but the lack of precipitation overnight, combined with a brisk wind, then from the south, meant surfaces had begun to dry.

Minimum close to average maximum

The warm, moist air on a southwesterly air stream continued on Tuesday with occasional drizzle by day and light rain early on Wednesday amounting to 1.0mm. The temperature by day and night were well above average with a maximum of 16.1C (+1.6C) and minimum of 13.4C (+6.2C). The minimum was only 1.1C below the average maximum.

Wednesday arrived dull and damp with low, thick cloud.