Suddenly very mild

Today, because of the jet stream running across the UK, mild air will push the air temperature into double figures.  Already at approximately 06:30 hours the temperature is 10.7c.  It is suddenly very mild.

We can expect the air temperature to rise another digit or two during the day giving us a maximum of around 11.5-12c.  Overnight will also remain mild with the minimum air temperature we can expect is around 10c.

The air will not feel as warm as the thermometer is indicating (by around 2c less) due to the system of low pressure that contains a number of points of air pressure.  These points, like squeezing a water hose, increase the wind speed. The wind today will be deriving from a W-SW arc and the average speed will be around 8mph with gusts up to 25mph.

This morning the radar images are showing a few more rain clouds heading our way around 08:00-09:00 hours.  These bring a 60% chance of some further light rain/ drizzle this morning.  The daylight hours will then remain generally dry.  After dark there is a 70% chance of some further light rain showers.

Summary : Mild but a little breezy.

Observations made 06:32 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Air pressure : 1002.1mb; Temperature : 10.7c; Wind : 5 mph SW; Relative humidity : 85%; Rain this month : 18.4mm, Rain this year : 637.4mm

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Something is in the air tonight

Today will be a little unusual, temperature wise, as the overnight low will be as warm as the daytime maximum. This is due to a band of rain that will be heading into our area from mid evening onward throughout the night.  This time last year the daytime high was around 13c.

This morning the radar images are showing some small clusters of rain cloud but the risk of any rain from them diminishes after 08:00 hours.  We will then some bright spells and the top temperature will rise to around 6-7c.

As the late afternoon passes you will notice the cloud thicken which will eventually bring some light to moderate rainfall.  Overnight some of the rainfall may become heavy.  The increased cloud, however, will help maintain the air temperature at around a minimum of 5-6c. (Last night the minimum temperature was 1.8c at 00:07 hours).

The wind will be deriving from the WSW for much of the day and the average speed this morning will be around 4-6mph.  As the day passes this wind speed may increase slightly to around 7-8mph with gusts up to 25mph.

Summary : A partly cloudy day and mostly dry up until early evening then rain ovdernight..

Observations made 06:29 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Air pressure : 1013mb; Temperature : 3.9c; Wind : 4 mph SW; Relative humidity : 86%; Rain this month : 13.4mm, Rain this year : 632.4mm

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Air pressure going up!

After the rain last night / early this morning we still have a few rain clouds that are due to pass through our area this morning. These, however, appear quite small on the radar images and may either simply blow by or be short-lived.  The chances of any further rain this morning is around 45%. The most likely period of any rain would be around 09:00 hours.

The good news is that, at the time of observation, the air pressure is rising rapidly and this would indicate that some more settled weather is heading our way.  A look at the radar images confirms that for the later part of the morning and throughout the afternoon the risk of rain is low and the sky will clear from time to time to allow for some brighter spells.

Our top temperature today will be around 6-7c and overnight the minimum temperature will be around 3c.  This time last year our top temperature was 12c and the overnight low was around 7c.

The wind will again be deriving from the WSW-SW and the average speed today will be around 5mph.  This will reduce the feel of the air temperature by around 0.5-1c.

Summary : A brighter day and mostly dry.

Observations made 06:33 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Air pressure : 1009.4mb; Temperature : 3.4c; Wind : 2 mph SW; Relative humidity : 86%; Rain this month : 12.4mm, Rain this year : 631.4mm

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SSW breeze

As we discussed yesterday the UK is sitting under a complex low pressure system that is slowly moving down the towards the S as the day passes.  This complex system will create a stronger breeze than we encountered yesterday.

The breeze will have an average speed of around 8mph but we will see gusts of around 20-25 mph during the day.  The wind will derive for most of the day from the SSW-SSW.

In the main it will be a cloudy day although we may see the occasional brighter spell.  The clouds will bring a 30% risk of rain light rain this morning around 10:00 hours.  The radar images are showing some light rain clouds heading our way although they are most likely to blow by.  Later this afternoon a more significant band of rain will move across the country and the risk of rain late afternoon / early evening is around 80%.

It will be a cool day and the wind will make it feel even cooler.  The top thermometer temperature will be around 7c but this will feel more like 3-4c in the breeze.  Overnight the minimum temperature will be around 3c.

Summary : A breezy day with an increasing risk of rain during the afternoon.

Observations made 08:44 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Air pressure : 1008.9mb; Temperature : 5.1c; Wind : 6 mph SSW; Relative humidity : 85%; Rain this month : 12.4mm, Rain this year : 631.4mm

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Winter scenes

If you are stepping out today then you will certainly need to be wearing your big coat and gloves.  The temperature at approximately 08:30 hours was only just into positive numbers and we will not see the thermometer rise much above 4c today.

The good news is that we will have some bright spells during the day and the chance of any rain is only around 10%.  It should be a good day, therefore, to be taking some winter scene photographs or having a walk out.  Despite the sunshine the gentle breeze will add some chill to the “feel” of the air temperature.  The wind chill will make the air feel around 1c.  Overnight the minimum air temperature will be around 1c.

During the daylight hours the W-WSW breeze will be light with an average speed of around 4mph but as the day passes a low pressure system from the north will move towards tour area and this will bring with increased wind speeds.  By tomorrow morning we can expect the average wind sped to be around 10mph with gusts of around 25mph.

Summary : A cool but dry day.

Observations made 08:21 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Air pressure : 1010.2mb; Temperature : 0.2c; Wind : 2 mph SW; Relative humidity : 88%; Rain this month : 12.4mm, Rain this year : 631.4mm

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After the rain

The clouds that delivered all of the rain in our area yesterday and first thing this morning will be generally beyond our area by around 10:00 hours.  Until then we can expect the occasional light to moderate rain shower.   After 10:00 hours the risk of rain diminishes and by noon the chance of any further rain is around 20%.

The day will, however, be a cool one with the top temperature of day (around 5.5c) being at around 09:00 hours.  From there on, when the rain clouds pass, the temperature will reduce by a degree or two and the general daytime temperature will be around 4c.  On the bright side, however, we may see the odd brighter spell through fragmented cloud.

The daytime temperature will, however, feel more like 2c with the chill created by the wind.  This evening the overnight temperature will be around 1-2c.   Care should be taken this evening when walking on untreated paths as there may be some slippery patches.

The wind will be deriving from the WSW -SW for the majority of the day and the average wind speed will be around 6mph with gusts of around 20mph.

Summary : A cool day but becoming generally dry.

Observations made 06:34 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Air pressure : 988.4; Temperature : 5.1c; Wind : 4 mph SW; Relative humidity : 88%; Rain this month : 11.4mm, Rain this year : 630.4mm

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Weather bomb?

There is a lot of paper talk about the “weather bomb” hitting parts of the UK today.  A “weather bomb” (high winds, heavy rain, hail) is created when the  air pressure at the centre of the storm drops by 24mb or more in less than 24 hours.  Our air pressure has fallen in the last 24 hours but only by 7.7mb.  Whilst we will receive higher than normal breeze speeds our area will not see any major disruption today due the weather conditions.  To feel the force of the weather bomb you will have to travel to the northern parts of England and Scotland.

During the morning we will see the occasional shower but these will reduce during the afternoon.  As we reach the evening the risk of rain begins to increase and by late evening we see a period of more intense moderate to heavy rain.

The average wind speed in our area will be around 10mph (due to the complex low pressure system to the north of us) and gust speeds could reach around 30mph.   The wind will be deriving from the WSW for the majority of the day.

Apart from the odd fence panel blowing out or a branch from a tree falling this wind speed should not create too many problems in our area.  Further north heavy rain and gale force winds will bring down power lines and create high waves which, in turn, will bring disruption to some coastal towns.

Our top temperature today will be around 5c during the day and 3c overnight.  When you step out, however,it will feel more like 3.5c lower i.e around 1.5c at the maximum due to the wind chill factor.

Summary : A breezy day with some rain.  Feeling cold.

Observations made 06:30 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Air pressure : 1005.4; Temperature : 2.8c; Wind : 10mph WSW; Relative humidity : 86%; Rain this month : 1.4mm, Rain this year : 620.4mm

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