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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Soaring on the thermals?

The air pressure is slowly falling and the centre of the complex system will not reach our area until the early hours of Tuesday morning.  This means that, for today, we are in for a typical day’s worth of Bank Holiday weather with the risk of rain never too far away.

The radar images are showing that the systems reaching our area at the moment will be generally light but, by the end of the day, the accumulation will be around 12mm-15mm.  There will be gaps in the rain system during the day and, in particular, this morning.  if you want to go for a walk or a ride on your bike between 10:00 hours and 11:00 should only bring the odd spot of rain.

The risk of rain will remain high at around 80-90% all day and the risk will continue into tomorrow.  The heaviest of the rainfall in our area will be around tea time (17:00 hours).

Looking around the webcams shows that the picture is currently dry in the East and wet in the West.  The system of rain will, however, work across the country.   I though that you may be interested in this image from the Long Mynd Gliding Club.  The image at 08:30 hours didn’t suggest that much flying will be taking place today.

Our top temperature today will be around 14c and the overnight low will be around 11-12c.

The wind will be deriving from an ENE-ESE arc for the majority of the day.  The average wind speed will be around 5mph.

Summary. A generally cloudy and damp day.

Observations made 08:21  hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Air pressure : 1008.7 mb , Temperature :11.7c, Wind: 5 mph ENE, Relative humidity : 87%, Rain this month :  41.4mm, Rain this year : 437.6mm

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Make hay whilst the sun shines

It is another bright and sunny start that greets us this morning.  The wind is light from the SW and and the temperature is steadily rising after reaching an overnight low of 7.7c at 03:32 hours.  Not that many of us will have been out and about at that time of the morning!

The morning will see the best of the sunshine as  low pressure system, that will bring wide spread rain to England and Wales tomorrow, begins its journey through Ireland and towards the coast of Wales.  The low pressure system will help create more cloud cover this afternoon (from around 14:00 hours onward we can expect to have between 70-100% cloud coverage).  This cloud cover will bring with it a small threat of rain (around 20%) but overall it will be a dry during daylight hours.

As we pass into late evening and overnight the threat of rain increases and we are 90% certain of seeing some rain during tomorrow.  The current radar images suggest that the bank holiday could be predominantly cloudy with a high threat of rain.  The heaviest of the rain in the UK looks to be in Devon and Dorset.  Travelling around the region yesterday once again demonstrated how localised the rain  can be.  Near the NEC the rainfall at times was extremely heavy and yet in our patch we only had very light drizzle.

Today will see a temperature high of around 16c today and overnight, due to the cloud cover, the minimum temperature will be around 9c.

My advice is if you want to do some jobs outside or get out and about then today is going to be the far better option.

Summary. Bright start but cloud increasing as the day passes.

Observations made 07:45  hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Air pressure : 1018.6 mb , Temperature :9.3c, Wind: 3 mph SW, Relative humidity : 84%, Rain this month :  40.4mm, Rain this year : 436.6mm

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