Although yesterday was memorable for being overcast and damp in the morning (0.6mm) the temperature recovered and reached a maximum of 18.4C, which is 2C above the mean. After a warm night the soil temperature at a death of 5cm is the highest it has been since mid-October at 13.9C.
In contrast to the previous day, yesterday was dry and brought 12.86 hours of bright sunshine with lighter winds – maximum gust of 17mph. As a result the maximum temperature was 17.9C, only the sixth day this month reaching above the mean for May. With cloud cover increasing overnight there was no found frost, a minimum of 5.6C was the lowest reached.
The daytime maximum temperature yesterday recovered closer to the mean at 15.3C but dropped away overnight to a minimum of 2.3C at 0344 hours giving a ground frost. There was no measurable rainfall although a very slight shower in the afternoon gave a trace of rain. The total hours of bright sunshine was a little higher than the previous day at 5.08 hours and UV levels returned to the ‘High’ category.
Yesterday was notable for the frequent showers with limited sunshine between the downpours, also depressed temperatures. The maximum temperature was 12.4C, some 4C below the May daytime mean. This was followed by a very cool night when the thermometer dropped to 2.3C, again some 4C below the May mean. Rainfall amounted to 3.9mm bringing the monthly total to 71.2mm and bright sunshine reached 4.76 hours.
The changeable weather continues with the maximum temperature yesterday of only 13.3C, this is over 3C below the mean for May. The daily rainfall amounted to 9.3mm, which brings the monthly total to 67.3mm. This is 112% of the long-term average with 13 days of the month remaining.
There have been intervals of bright sunshine between the showers that totalled 4.6 hours yesterday with UV levels in the ‘High’ category for the last three days.