Temperatures rise again

On Monday the thermometer rose higher again reaching a maximum 13.1C, which was 3C above the average and the warmest day since 17th September. The wind was lighter with a maximum gust of 19mph and had veered from the cool Northeast to a slightly less cold easterly. The higher temperature and reduced wind strength gave us a pleasanter day.

We have now had four consecutive dry days thanks to the high pressure that is maintaining its strength and influence. The UV level eased upwards again to a value of 3.3, which is classed as ‘Moderate’.

Overnight was less cold with a minimum of 2.9C at 01.11 on Tuesday morning, giving a slight ground frost. However, under the influence of strong sunshine after dawn the thermometer had recovered to 7.4C at 08.00

Sunniest day in six months on Sunday

Under the influence of the high pressure with its centre now over the Baltic states, Sunday brought us 9.2 hours of strong sunshine, which made it the sunniest day since 21st September.

Whist the maximum of 11,1C was 1.2C above the 36-year average, the clear skies overnight meant the thermometer dropped away to a minimum of 0.0C being 2.3C below the average and producing both a ground and air frost.

Whilst the hours of sunshine were greater than the previous day, it was interesting to note that the UV level dropped to 2.5 rather than 3.3 due to thin high cloud.

It was the third consecutive dry day with the monthly rainfall total of 58.5mm being 1.3mm below the 36-year average. Will this be the first month since July 2019 with a below average total?

Monday arrived with clear skies from dawn and strong sunshine that lifted the thermometer to 3.5C at 08.00 and the sunshine recorder had already looked 1 hour of strong sunshine.

Brisk northeasterly makes it feel distinctly chilly

On Saturday, despite the brisk wind principally from the northeast, the 8.4 hours of sunshine lifted the maximum temperature to 10.2C, which was close to the average, just 0.2C below. The wind, peaking at 32mph, again produced a wind chill that made it feel 2C lower.

It was another dry day, the fifth this month, with the UV level edging higher giving a maximum strength of 3.3, the highest since 4th October and now firmly in the ‘Moderate’ category.

Sunday initially saw broken and thin cloud partly obscuring the sun but by 08.00 it was shining strongly having lifted the minimum temperature of 1.6C set at 03.53, which was 0.7C below the average, to 4.3C. Evidence of the brief ground frost quickly disappeared as the sun got to work.

The high pressure, centred over southern Scandinavia, continues bring us dry and sunny conditions and in fact has strengthened a little again over the past five hours to read 1026.0mb ay 08.00 Sunday.

Sunshine did not make it feel warm on Friday!

Although we enjoyed 3.6 hours of welcome sunshine on Friday the biting wind from the north east, peaking at 32mph, depressed temperatures. The maximum of 8.9C was 1.5C below average but wind chill meant if felt more like 6C.

It was a dry day, only the fourth this week, and the UV level in the strong bursts of sunshine rose to 3.2, which just edged into the ‘Moderate’ category.

A chilly night was to follow as the clear skies allowed the thermometer to drop to a minimum of 3.1C, just above average.

Saturday saw thin cloud drifting across on the brisk wind, veering from northeast to east allowing bursts of weak sunshine to break through.

Northeasterly wind begins to bite with wind chill

The effect of a brisk wind from the north east on Thursday meant it was a cold day with the maximum of just 6.2C, which was 4.2C below the 36-year average. The strength of the wind, gusting to 23mph, produced significant wind chill that meant it felt more like 1C in the afternoon when the ambient temperature had dropped to only 4.2C.

There were many hours of drizzle during daylight hours that produced just 0.3mm of precipitation.

The cloud overnight precluded any air frost but the wind continuing to come from the northeast strengthened so that it continued to feel more like 1C or 2C if exposed to the wind.

On Friday there a couple of brief glimpses of the sun shortly after 08.00. The high pressure over northern Scandinavia has raised the barometric pressure further so that at 08.00 the barometer read 1028.0mb, which was the highest pressure since 6th February.