Fourth sunless day this month on Wednesday but improvement on Thursday

The lingering effects of the wide and wandering weather front were still affecting our weather on Wednesday that gave a cloudy but mild day.

The thermometer slowly rose above average to a maximum of 15.4C at 13.29, (+0.7C) exactly the same as on Tuesday and then proceeded to fall continuously until reaching a minimum of 8.4C (+1.0C) at 08.00 when endings were taken.

The southerly air flow was replaced late morning by a breeze from the north east and much less cloud overnight produced the lower temperatures. This was the result of high pressure edging in from the west.

Thursday arrived with higher and much less cloud allowing brightness to filter through with the promise of a much better day than previous gloomy days this week.

Update on Thursday at 18.15: light north easterly breeze limits temperature to a maximum of 14.3C, being 0.4C below average, although over 4 hours of sunshine occurred during the afternoon.

Mild, moist and overcast

Tuesday saw the thermometer creep just above the average with a peak 15.4C (+0.8C) under overcast skies although there was little brightness occasionally in the afternoon, that also included a very brief shower amounting to 0.2mm.

Likewise an above average night, minimum of 10.8C (+3.3C), under a thick blanket of cloud.

The rainfall total for October currently stands at 39.8mm with the average being 84.8mm.

Wednesday, unlike Tuesday, dawned without fog but gloomy as the thick cloud persisted under the influence of the weak weather front. However, the barometric pressure has been rising for the last twenty-four hours with the promise of a brighter day tomorrow.

Update on Wednesday at 19.15: maximum temperature of 15.4C, being 0.7C above average and identical to the Tuesday peak. A very still day with a maximum gust of just 8mph and periods when northly air movement ceased.

Another sunless, dreary day on Monday, but there is a change in the wind direction

Throughout Monday we were under the influence of a wide and meandering weather front that blanketed the area in thick, low cloud that produced mainly drizzle amounting to 0.7mm.

The thermometer very slowly eased upwards all day and evening to a maximum of 12.2C, falling slightly to a minimum of 11.8C.

Tuesday arrived with fog limiting the visibility to 100m and producing the highest humidity, of 98%, since June 11th. The most significant factor this morning is that the air is now coming from the south, instead of north east, although we are in still conditions at the moment.

Second no sun day this month

The rainfall to 08.00 on Sunday was 12.7mm that continued for much of the daylight hours with another 13.9mm by 08.00 this morning. This brings the total for October to 38.9mm with the 34- year average being 84.8mm. We escaped lightly from the very slow and wandering weather front associated with recent storms when in the West Country they had over 100mm and parts of Wales had in excess of 200mm.

The low, thick cloud meant Sunday was very cool with the thermometer not getting above 11.8C, which was almost 3C below average and 10C below the Saturday maximum. The low temperature was also affected in that the wind veered into the nor-nor east, a much cooler direction.

The weather front still plagued us overnight that meant thick cloud cover acting as a blanket kept the temperature up giving a relatively mild night. The minimum temperature was 7.8C, being 0.4C above average.

Monday dawned with the thick cloud low over the Marlborough Downs and light rain.

Wettest twenty-four hours for almost two months

Saturday saw the last of the very mild days as the thermometer again rose above average (+6.6C) at 13.18. We also enjoyed more sunshine than on the two previous days with 5.2 hours.

All was to change overnight with storm Callum easing away to the north east of the UK as Post Tropical Storm Leslie approached towards Spain and Portugal. The wind, having been from the south for most of five days, swung into the north west just before 3am. At the same time a wide and meandering weather front arrived overnight bringing much rain. The rainfall for the past twenty-four hours amounted to 12.7mm, the wettest day since 26th August. However, this modest total is minute compared to the 200mm+ that has fallen over parts of Wales.

Sunday arrived with the rain, heavy at times, from low, thick cloud although the wind has moderated considerably from previous days.