Sunless damp day on Saturday

The main rain band eased away on Saturday morning but left a hang back of cloud that produced drizzle from low thick cloud for most of the daylight hours. Not surprisingly no sunshine was logged and the UV level of 1.7 was classed as ‘Low’.

The thermometer rose to a maximum of 13.6C, down a little on Friday’s peak and still 3.7C below the May average.

The thick cloud and moist air continued overnight from a southwesterly direction. This is a warmer air mass than of late and with thick cloud minimising loss of warmth to the atmosphere, the thermometer did not sink below 12.3C. This low was 5.1C above the 37-year average and the warmest night since 31st October.

At first light on Sunday the thick cloud was still evident and light drizzle observed. However, just before 08.00, the cloud began to thin and lift, the drizzle to disappear with brief sunshine observed at 08.27.

The soil temperature at a depth of 5cm at 08.00 today was 11.8C. This was the warmest since 2nd November so perhaps plants in the garden will now begin to grow after the prolonged cold spell and frequent frosts.