Warmest day of the year so far

Today was our warmest day (0600-1800) so far this year with an average of 21.1C, and at 1559 we also recorded the highest temperature to far this year at 25.8C.

The next couple of days are likely to be warm as well, so we may see these records broken again soon.


Update 23 June 2014

Today’s high was 26.1C, with an average daytime temperature of 22C – so a little warmer than yesterday on both counts.

Highest temperature of the year so far

Although the north of the UK had the best of the weather today, we weren’t left out – at 1546 today the temperature here reached 24.4C, the highest so far this year. This was despite a good deal of cloud and, at best, some fairly hazy sunshine.

The reason for today’s high reading was the absence of a sea breeze. When we get wall-to-wall sunshine, cooler air coming in off the sea often takes the edge off temperatures. Today, because of cloud cover in the early part of the day, the sea breeze didn’t get going and such wind a2 there was (and there wasn’t much) came from the north – so, when the sun did come out this afternoon, we got the full benefit as far as temperatures are concerned.

Despite today’s high, this wasn’t the warmest day of the year so far: that was on the 14th, when the 0600-1800 average was 20.9C. That day also saw the previous highest temperature so far in 2014, which was 23.8C, and the night (1800-0600) of 14th/15th was the warmest year-to-date with an average of 17.9C.

There has been no recorded rain for more than a week now, but this month got off to a fairly soggy start – especially on the 4th when 21.6mm fell. Hence our total for the first half of June is 39mm, not far off the average for the whole month. Our year-to-date total is 511.8mm, by far the highest total seen at this point in the year thanks to the very wet first quarter.

The forecast for the coming week looks good, with high pressure sitting in the Atlantic and shielding us from any approaching lows, so maybe we’ll see some higher temperatures before it all breaks up.

Interruptions to weather updates today

We are expecting a power cut today due to overhead cable repairs, and if it continues for more than a few hours then the computer that updates the web site will shut down. Things should be back to normal by the end of this afternoon.

Update 1210 – The weather station PC has shut down, so weather data on the site won’t be updated until power is restored (later today, we hope).

Update 1620 – Power back on and site being updated.

A warm, wet May

As we have seen May’s main feature was rain, with a total of 96.4mm – about double the average for this month. There has been a lot of cloud cover too, so not many temperature extremes – a minimum of 4.7C and maximum of 23.2C are nothing to write home about. May’s average temperature was 12.7C, on the warm side but not a record-breaker.

Although it rained on May Day, the month got off to a promising start with a short spell of high pressure and some hazy sunshine. That system was on the move by the 5th, though, and the Atlantic lows moved in bringing cloud and rain and, on the 10th, some unseasonal winds as well – a gust of 32.2kts is a new record for May.

High pressure built again in the middle of the month, approaching from the south west, and around the 15th we had some blue skies and sunshine. It didn’t last though, and when the high dispersed on the 19th the warm air produced an evening thunderstorm as the Atlantic lows took over again.

The track of the low pressure systems in the second half of May was further south than we might expect at this time of year, so we often found ourselves in the middle of the depressions with little wind. High pressure to the east of the UK slowed the low pressure systems down, and the end result was lengthy spells of sometimes heavy, slow-moving rain. From the 22nd to the 24th May we recorded 44mm, which is about the average for the whole of May. Dull and damp weather persisted for the rest of the month.

Spring 2014 was our warmest on record with an average temperature of 10.3C, to contrast with last year’s record cold spring (7.5C). Spring rainfall came to 202.2mm, which is well above average but not quite as wet as spring 2008 (204.8mm). Because January and February, and now May, have been so wet, our year-to-date rainfall is about double the average figure for this point in the year at 472.8mm – more than we had in the whole of 2010.

Warm, wet and miserable, then. Let’s hope the summer can improve on that.