Storm Eunice felt and heard!

The full effect of storm Eunice deepened as the morning progressed with the wind frequently gusting between 40 and 50 mph between 09.30 and 15.15 and a peak gust of 56mph at 10.58. We enjoyed 3.1 hours of sunshine in the morning when the UV level rose to 1.3. At its closest, the centre of the depression meant a very low barometric pressure reading of 985.0mb just before 11.00. Not a record low as 969.6mb was recorded on 28th December 2020.

A violent squall was observed starting at 17.00 with a heavy fall of hail that produced a complete covering as the temperature dropped down to 2.9C. The melted precipitation amounted to 1.3mm of rainfall.

The thermometer was depressed because of the strong westerly wind but still 1.3C above the average with a maximum of 9.1C.

With clearing skies initially overnight the thermometer dropped away to 1.7C, just above the February average, in the early hours of Saturday.

Initially, Saturday brought limited sunshine but by 08.15 the cloud had thickened as the next warm front closed in with rain not far away.