Sunniest day for almost a month followed by cold night

Thursday began with a squall that arrived promptly at 08.00 with heavy rain and gusty winds with a maximum gust of 30mph at 08.20. The rainfall amounted to 1.9mm with the remainder of the day dry. By 08.30 the rain had stopped, the winds abated with blue sky evident from the north.

With 7.91 hours of strong sunshine on Thursday it was the sunniest day since 13th September that raised the thermometer to a maximum of 15.5C, some 0.9C above the October average.

The clear night with a Harvest Moon meant a cool night with the thermometer dropping to 5.2C, some 2C below the 33-year average.

The ridge of high pressure, with a reading of 1026mb this morning, is the highest barometric pressure since 17th June. As a result we have been greeted with blue sky and sunshine after dawn that triggered the sunshine recorder at 08.20.