Wettest 24 hours since 2014 and an April daily record

Friday morning was overcast with intermittent spots of rain. The persistent and steady rainfall started at 12.16 and continued to 18.03 producing 15.4mm of precipitation as a slow moving warm front, in the form of an arc, slowing rotated over the area.

The rain began again in the early hours of Saturday morning as another rain band arrived at 02.45 that by 08.00 had dropped another 17.8mm of rain. The total for the past twenty-four hours was 33.2mm making it the wettest day since 18th September 2014 and a record for the wettest April day. The previous record for April was set in 1991 with 28.7mm.

The overcast and wet conditions on Friday meant a cool day as the thermometer struggled to reach 11.C being 3C below average as the light northeasterly breeze continued and over 8C lower than the warm day on Thursday.

The wet conditions meant a cool night with the minimum of 5.3C recorded at 05.43 Saturday.

The slow moving rain band continued to drop rain during Saturday morning as the front very slowly edged northwards.