A new month but new weather?

The rain cloud that I spoke about yesterday in now fairly well fragmented and although there is still a 40% risk of some drizzle or light rain this morning the risk is greatly reduced from what was on radar forecast yesterday.

The day will start off generally cloudy but as the day passes we will see some brighter spells break through.  These brighter spells will help lift out top temperature up to around 18-19c.  Overnight the clouds will dissipate even further and this will allow the temperature to reach a minimum of around 10c.

The wind will start the day blowing from the SW at an average speed of around 6-7mph.  As the day passes the derivation of the wind will move towards the N and end the day from the WNW-NW.  The average wind speed later in the day will be around  8-9mph.

The majority of schools return to lessons this week but the good news for staff, pupils and parents is that it should to be a week of mild weather with some brighter spells.

Summary. A mild day with cloud fragmented from time to time to allow for some brighter spells.  A slight risk of drizzle / slight rain this morning.

Observations made 06:21  hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Air pressure : 1017.5 mb , Temperature :14.8c, Wind: 4 mph SW, Relative humidity : 84%, Rain this month :  0mm, Rain this year : 459.6mm

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Is today the end of summer 2014 or not?

Today, according to the Met office, is the last day of summer but is it?  If we go by the equinox then Autumn starts on the 23 September whilst Phenologists decide the seasons by the “movements” in nature.  Last year, for instance, the Autumn was late starting due to mild temperatures, the trees were still in leaf until late and birds were late to migrate. So far this year recordings by Woodland trust volunteers are only showing a couple of instances of leaf tinting and neither of these are in our area.  So, maybe Autumn isn’t really here and we can continue to enjoy being in the summer!

Today’s weather will neither confirm or condemn the “still summer” theory.

It will be a partly cloudy but mild day.  Our top temperature will be around 19c and overnight the minimum temperature will be around 13c.  The air pressure is continuing to rise and there are very few points of adjacent pressure.  This means that we will only have a light breeze blowing today.

The average wind speed will be around 5mph and the wind will be deriving from the WSW-W.

There will be the chance for some brighter spells to break through during the day but this will depend entirely how lucky you are with the cloud fragmentation.  The cloud cover will vary between 20% and 90% during the day.

The radar images are showing a band of rain cloud moving across the UK from the W.  This rain will reach us during the early hours of tomorrow and may still be with us by morning drive time.

Finally, just a reminder that today is the last day of the Lichfield food festival so if you have a chance then why not pop into the city and have a taste?

Summary. Another partially cloudy day but remaining mild.

Observations made 07:47  hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Air pressure : 1017.1 mb , Temperature :13.0c, Wind: 2 mph WSW, Relative humidity : 85%, Rain this month :  63.4mm, Rain this year : 459.6mm

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Last barbecue of the summer?

It is a quite a cloudy start to the day today but fear not because the air pressure is rising and the chances of anything more than a rogue light shower are very slim.  The chance of any rain in our area today is only about 17%.  This must be good news if you are planning or going to a barbecue today.

The risk of low air pressure and some heavy rain created by former hurricane Chrsitobel is now beyond our area and heading towards Iceland and, in fact, we are set for some high air pressure for the rest of the week.  This does not mean that we will not see the odd shower but, overall, it will be a mild and calm next few days.

Our top temperature today will be around 18c and overnight the low will be around 12c.  The cloud cover will vary between 100% and around 60%.  The cloud fragmentation will allow for some brighter spells to break through and we will see around 4-5 hours of sunshine during the day.

The wind will be deriving from the WSW-W and the average wind speed will be around 7mph with gusts up to around 17mph.

It will be a good day for working in the garden, having a ride out and, in particular, playing those end of season cricket matches.

Summary. A partially cloudy day but remaining mild.

Observations made 07:56  hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Air pressure : 1012.7 mb , Temperature :13.0c, Wind: 6 mph WSW, Relative humidity : 83%, Rain this month :  63.4mm, Rain this year : 459.6mm

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Last of the summer shine

A dry and bright start greets us this morning although it is a little breezy.  The good news is, however, is that the wind is deriving from a S-SW arc so at least it will be bringing with it warmer air.

A low pressure system is currently pushing southwards down the UK and this will bring with it further breezy conditions as the day passes.  We can expect the average wind speed to be around  7mph although some gusts may reach a speed of around 20mph.

The radar images are showing that there are a few small rain cloud systems heading our way.  The first is this morning and it will be weak and thin by the time it reaches us some time around 08:30 hours.  Hopefully it will just blow pass, however, there is a 40% chance that it will also bring a light shower.

We will then have a bright period before further risks of rain reach our area.  This later”episode” is more likely in the afternoon when the day begins to cool. (around 17:00 hours).  Overall the risk of rain today is around 55% during the afternoon daylight hours and up to 75% in the later parts of the evening.

Our top temperature today will be around 18c  and overnight the minimum temperature will reach around 10c.

On the 1 September the meteorological autumn begins (although the “official” autumn does not start until the 22 September) so we are now seeing the last few days of Summer sunshine.

Summary. Some brighter spells but generally accompanied by some cloud.  Risk of the odd shower and, at times, breezy.

Observations made 06:28  hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Air pressure : 1008.2 mb , Temperature :13.3c, Wind: 5 mph S, Relative humidity : 85%, Rain this month :  63.4mm, Rain this year : 459.6mm

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Will former hurricane Christobel reach us?

By the time of my observations (06:28 hours) around 2mm of rain had already fallen in our area.  Whilst the nimbostratus clouds still look dark the radar images show that there is really only one further rain system heading our way (around 10:30 hours) thereon the risk of further rain diminishes to around 20%.

It will be a little warmer day today and our top temperature around 20c. We will also see some brighter spells albeit only for a couple of brief spells. In general the day will remain cloudy.

The wind will be deriving this morning from the ESE but this direction will gradually move towards the SW.  This later wind direction will help bring in some warmer air to our region.  The average wind speed today will be around 5mph this morning.  This wind strength will increase slightly during the afternoon.

You will no doubt see in the press some talk about the remains of Hurricane Christobel.  Whilst former hurricane Bertha did bring some wet weather to our region the current track of Christobel suggests that it will pass over Ireland and the northern parts of Scotland but will centre more towards Iceland than our area of the UK.  Apart from possibly some slightly increased wind speeds we are, currently, unlikely to see any detrimental effect.  If the position changes I will inform you via these pages.

Summary. A generally cloudy day with occasional bright spells.  Warmer than of late.

Observations made 06:28  hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Air pressure : 1007.2 mb , Temperature :15.7c, Wind: 2 mph ESE, Relative humidity : 89%, Rain this month :  63.4mm, Rain this year : 459.6mm

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A year on but do things change?

Exactly a year ago our day started, as it does today, with a misty morning. The first difference, however, with today’s weather is that the air temperature is 3c lower at the same point of the day than last year.

The second difference is that a year ago we were heading into a period of high air pressure whilst today we will see the air pressure reduce as the day passes.  This reduction will bring increased wind speeds during the afternoon and possibly some rain either last thing tonight and / or overnight.

The morning mist will burn away as the day warms up and we will see some brighter spells and, in particular, during mid morning.  The cloud cover will increase again during the afternoon although it will remain dry.  Our top temperature today will be around 19c. Overnight the minimum temperature will be 14c.  Last night’s minimum temperature was 8.6c at 04:22 hours.

The wind will be light and deriving from the NE-ENE this morning.  As the day passes the wind speed will increase to an average of around 8mph. The wind in the afternoon will be deriving from the ESE.

Summary. A misty start improving as the day passes.  Rain possible overnight.

Observations made 06:23  hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Air pressure : 1015.8 mb , Temperature :9.4c, Wind: 1 mph ENE, Relative humidity : 88%, Rain this month :  61.4mm, Rain this year : 457.6mm

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Any abatement?

After yesterday’s very damp and dismal bank holiday today would give the impression (at 07:00 hours this morning) that today will follow suit but there is some good news at hand.

The air pressure is beginning to rise slowly and the system of rain that gave us such a damp day yesterday (16mm) will also completely leave our area.  This means that today’s picture will be a gradually improving one weather wise.

The risk of rain will be around 90% until around 09:00 hours but from there on in to the end of the day the risk will reduce until we reach a risk level of 5% at 17:00 hours.  By this time in the afternoon we will also see the cloud cover begin to fragment to around 70% allowing for some brighter spells.  The process of the clouds diminishing will continue leaving us with some clear spells overnight.

Our top temperature today will be around 16c and overnight the low will be around 9c.

The wind will be a feature of the day as it will be blowing from the cool NE-ENE and, at times, it will be a little blustery.  The average wind speed will be around 8mph.

Summary. A cloudy and damp start but the weather picture will improve as the day passes into later afternoon.

Observations made 07:01  hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Air pressure : 1003.6 mb , Temperature :13.9c, Wind: 7 mph ENE, Relative humidity : 90%, Rain this month :  61.4mm, Rain this year : 457.6mm

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