On the right side

As we discussed in yesterday’s post the UK is clearly divided between low and high air pressure systems.  The good news is that we are on the high air pressure side which means some bright spells particularly this morning.

This afternoon the cloud coverage will increase a little and that will help restrict the top temperature to a maximum of around 14c.  This is still very pleasant for the time of year.  Overnight the minimum temperature will be around 9c.

Whilst there is a chance of rain today it is only a risk of around 15-20%.  I certainly would not worry about rain if you are planning a venture out.

Whilst talking of rain.  Many may think that we have received plenty of rain this month, however, the 62mm so far that I have recorded is only 2mm above the long-term average for the region.

The wind will, again, be bringing in some mild air from the SW and the average wind speed will be around 6mph.  We could see gust speeds reach around 12-15mph.

Finally, can I take this opportunity to wish my mom, Joyce in Pelsall, a very happy birthday.  I believe she is 23 this year give or take a year or two.  Amazing really when she has children aged 59, 55 and 50!

Summary : A bright start with a very low risk of rain.

Observations made 08:22 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Air pressure :   1015.5mb, Temperature : 7.8c, Wind: 5mph SW, Relative humidity : 88%, Rain this month :  68 mm, Rain this year : 554mm

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A pleasant weekend?

Today starts off a bit “damp and drizzly” first thing this morning although it is mild (13c at 06:30 hours).  This “dampness” in the air is confirmed by the high relative humidity percentage which stands, at the time of observations, at 88%.

The jet stream and isobar charts are showing that a low pressure system that is predominantly sitting over Scotland and the North of England will bring some showers to our area today.  Any showers will be light and the highest period of risk is between 12:00 hours and 15:00 hours.  The risk of rain at this point is around 60%.

The day will not warm up much further from the 06:30 hours reading.  We can expect a top temperature of around 14-15c.  Overnight there will be some fragmentation in the cloud as higher pressure begins to push its way back into our area.  This will, however, mean that the overnight temperature will be below double figures at around 7c.

The low pressure system will be creating a low level of breeze for the majority of the day.  The average wind speed will be around 8mph with gusts reaching around 15mph.  The wind will derive predominantly from the SW.

The return of some high air pressure overnight means that Saturday and Sunday will be pleasant days, with some brighter spells and a very low risk of rain.

Summary : Risk of some showers but mild.

Observations made 06:27 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Air pressure :   1012.4mb, Temperature : 13c, Wind: 8mph SW, Relative humidity : 84%, Rain this month :  66 mm, Rain this year : 552mm

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Don’t put off until tomorrow

If you have some jobs to do outside then heeding the guidance of the old saying “don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today” would be a wise move.

Whilst there is a low risk of some light rain showers today the risk is only around 35%.  The radar images are clearly showing that the rain clouds are not very dense and thus carry little rain.

During the day we will see the odd brighter spell as the clouds thin from time to time and these brighter spells will help lift our top temperature up to around 15c.  This will be helped a little by warmer air deriving from the SW-SSW.

The average wind speed today will be around 8mph and gusts could reach up to 16-20 mph. There will be no real damage caused at these lower wind speed levels.

As the day passes a low pressure system pushes towards our area from the N.  We are already seeing some impact of this system as the air pressure is already falling slowly.

By the early morning this system will bring a threat of rain to our rain to our area that will last until early afternoon.

Summary : Generally dry with some breeze.

Observations made 06:25 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Air pressure :   1017.8mb, Temperature : 10.9c, Wind: 6mph SSW, Relative humidity : 84%, Rain this month :  66 mm, Rain this year : 552mm

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After the storm

Yesterday’s low pressure system that introduced us to the ex-hurricane Gonzalo is now beyond our area and we are seeing a steady rise in the air pressure.  After yesterday’s 0-40 mph wind gust speeds today will all be a much calmer.

A word of warning, however, before you step outside without your coat is that it will be a relatively cool day with a top temperature only just into double figures (around 11c).  The overnight low will be around 7c.  (Similar to last night’s minimum temperature – 6.5c at 01:44 hours).

During the day we will see the odd break in the cloud which will allow some brighter spells to appear.  Our risk of any rain today is about 25%.  The highest period of rain risk will be during the late afternoon / early evening when a band of rain cloud that is currently sitting to the NW of the UK makes its move downwards.  The current images suggest that the rain cloud may just fall short of our area but we will be very close to the edge.

Today wind will be deriving generally from the SW-WSW and the average wins speed will be around 7mph.

Summary : A generally dry day but cool.

Observations made 06:32 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Air pressure :   1023.1mb, Temperature : 7.7c, Wind: 5mph SW, Relative humidity : 82%, Rain this month :  66 mm, Rain this year : 552mm

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Good morning Gonzalo.

Today sees our introduction to the ex-hurricane Gonzalo.  Whilst our wind speeds will be nothing like hurricane force we can certainly expect a strong breeze (around force 5-6) and gust speeds up to 40mph.

The average wind speed today will be around 15-18mph and the wind  will be deriving from the SW this morning from the WNW as the day progresses.  A further indication that the wind speed will increase is the rapidly falling air pressure.

Along with the wind is the 85% chance of further rain showers during the day.  in general these will be light although the radar images are suggesting a heavier period of rain mid evening.  A slight alteration in the wind direction, however, between now and mid evening can change this possibility significantly.

First thing this morning is the warmest the day will be.  As the day passes the temperature will reduce to around 10-11c.  Overnight the minimum temperature will be around 8c.

The strong wind will remain with us for the entire day and, therefore, care should be taken whilst travelling around as high sided vehicles may suddenly be blown across traffic lanes or branches, rubbish and leaves may present other hazards.

The wind will eventually reduce in speed but mid day tomorrow.

Finally many thanks to all of you that checked upon my health yesterday.  I am pleased to say that I feel a lot better today (although 7lbs lighter than Saturday).  Also best wishes to Joe Hanley who graduates today at Birmingham Symphony Hall.

Observations made 06:34 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Air pressure :   995.7mb, Temperature : 12.8c, Wind: 10mph SW, Relative humidity : 87%, Rain this month :  63 mm, Rain this year : 549mm

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A changing picture?

Firstly, please accept my apologies for the slightly later than normal posting.  Some difficulties in the night have meant a slightly later start for me than normal today.

The first thing that is immediately noticeable about today’s weather is the reduced wind speed.  The average wind speed today will be around 5mph although some gusts will reach 15-20mph.  The wind will be deriving from the SW.

There will be some odd breaks in the cloud to allow some bright spells but that same cloud will also bring of some risk of showers this morning.  The radar images are showing rain cloud pushing through the Newtown and Welshpool area of Wales this morning at these clouds will bring a 60% chance of some light showers around 10:00 hours onwards.

It will be a mild day with a top temperature of around 14c and an overnight low of 11-12c.

As we make our way to work tomorrow we can expect to see further rain as a large band of rain cloud will have worked its way across the UK.

Observations made 08:13 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Air pressure :  1014 mb, Temperature : 11c, Wind: 4mph SW, Relative humidity : 85%, Rain this month :  62 mm, Rain this year : 548mm

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Leaves from the trees.

It was another mild night last night.  The minimum temperature reached was only just below 14c.

Today will be a good day for getting out and about although it will be a little breezy.  The average wind speed will be around 8-9mph and gusts could reach around 25mph. This will not cause any damage but will bring down a few more leaves from the trees.  The wind will be deriving predominantly from the SW.

The cloud will break up from time to time to allow for some brighter spells.  The sunshine will help lift the maximum temperature up to around 16c.  overnight it will again be mild with the low reaching around 9c.  This is not as warm as the last couple of nights but still is mild.

There is a 15% chance of an isolated shower later today but I think we are better focusing on the 4.5hours of sunshine we are going to receive.

Observations made 08:54 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Air pressure :  1008.2 mb, Temperature : 14c, Wind: 4mph SSW, Relative humidity : 84%, Rain this month :  62 mm, Rain this year : 548mm

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