Having enjoyed two weeks exploring Iceland, being the wettest July in 120 years, it was good to return to much sunshine and heat. The month so far has given us only one day when the maximum temperature did not reach or exceed 20C, 18.9C on the 8th. The last week has brought consistent maxima of 26C and 27C with the hottest day so far touching 27.8C on the 23rd.
There have been significant falls of rain with the highest of 17.7mm on the 7th, interspersed with hot, dry days. The total rainfall to date is 44mm but the evapotranspiration total is now almost double that with 83mm.
Today was the hottest day since 4th September 2013 when the thermometer soared to 26.0C. The morning started much warmer than previous nights with the thermometer reading 10.1C at 0800 and at the same time the soil temperature, at a depth of 5cm, was almost the highest this year reading 17.8C. Direct sunshine totalled 11.6 hours, the second highest for 2014.
Although cloud built up around lunchtime on the 2nd the thermometer reached 24C, there were 13 hours of global sunshine (over 6 hours of direct sunshine at 100w/m2) and a high UV index of 7.4.