It’s be prepared weather

Like a good scout or guide today is a day when the weather means you need to be prepared.

This morning we will see some bright spells and these will help warm the day up to a pleasant 20-21c.  It was a cooler start to the day with the air temperature reaching a low of 9.6c at 05:38 hours.  Overnight tonight we can expect the minimum temperature to be around 12c.

As the day passes the cloud cover increases due to a low pressure system to the SW of our area.  It is this wet and warm system that is bringing some unknown potential problems with it. The Met Office are also unsure but are concerned enough to issue a yellow weather warning of some localised heavy rainfall and even thunder.

The risk of rain in our area today is about 30% and the risk is greatest during the later parts of the afternoon and, in particular, the evening  when the low pressure system completely reaches us. At the moment the radar images are only showing light patches of rain in and around our area but the heavy rain could “pop up” anywhere.

The wind today will be deriving from the ENE for the majority of the day and the average wind speed will be around 6mph.

There are a couple of interesting events to visit in our area over the weekend.  Today and Sunday sees the return of the ever popular Lichfield Food Festival in and around the city.  Whilst at Pelsall North Common we have the Inland Water Association gathering which is on today, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.  There appears that there is lots to do at both events and both have free entry.

Summary: A bright start becoming generally cloudy.  A risk of some rain later possibly heavy.

Observations made 06:55 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.
Temperature : 10.5c; Air pressure : 1019.5mb; Relative humidity  87%; Wind : calm; Rain this month : 51.4mm; Rain this year :528.4mm

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All fine on the SW front?

We have certainly seen plenty of rain over the last few days and there is likely to be more to come over the weekend.  The Met Office have issued a severe weather warning (yellow) for tomorrow and early Sunday.  Heavy showers are possible in our area particularly during the mid to late afternoon on Saturday and during the early hours of Sunday.

Today, however, is going to be a mild day with plenty of bright spells and a pleasant top temperature of 20-21c.  The surface air pressure will remain high at around 1016-1018mb.  There is, therefore only a very small risk of rain today 3-5%.

Overnight will also be mild and pleasant with a minimum temperature of around 12c.  The minimum last night was 12.4c.

The wind will be deriving from the SW for the majority of the morning before moving clockwise towards the WNW as the day passes.  The average wind speed today will be around 6mph.

Saturday sees a low pressure system gradually push across the UK from the SW and it is this system that will bring us the heavy rain showers over the weekend.

Summary: An often bright and pleasant day with little risk of rain.

Observations made 07:00 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.
Temperature : 12.6c; Air pressure : 1015.6mb; Relative humidity  87%; Wind : 4mph SW; Rain this month : 50.2mm; Rain this year :527.2mm

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A drop of early morning rain

Around 4.2mm of rain has fallen in our area in the early hours of today and it is an overcast sky that greets us this morning.

The rain radar images are showing that the majority of the rain clouds, that delivered the early morning rain, have now moved to the east of our area.  There will, however, be further systems that will develop as the day passes and these will bring a 70% risk of rain. The greatest risk of rain is from the early part of the evening.

It will remain a generally cloudy day with low or medium height cloud present for the majority of time.

Our top temperature will be slightly reduced due to the presence of the cloud but we will still see the thermometer reach a healthy 22c.  Overnight the minimum temperature will be around 12-13c.

The wind will be deriving from the ENE-NE for much of the day today.  The winds will be light with an average speed of only 3-4mph.

Summary: A cloudy day with the risk of further showers especially later.

Observations made 06:34 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.
Temperature : 15.7c; Air pressure : 1016.2mb; Relative humidity  84%; Wind : calm; Rain this month : 39mm; Rain this year :516mm

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A change in wind direction

After yesterday’s very high local temperature (around 28c at 17:00 hours) today will be a mild but slightly cooler day.

The wind will be deriving from a W-NW arc today and this means we will see a little more cloud than yesterday but it will also bring with it cooler air.   Our top temperature will reach around 23-24c today and overnight, with some healthy cloud cover, the minimum temperature will be around 15-16c.  This is similar to last night’s low of 15.6c at 05:51 hours.

During the morning and early afternoon we will see  plenty of bright spells through a fragmented cloud bed. This cloud bed will, however, begin to “fill in” during late afternoon and bring us to a 55% risk of rain during the mid evening period.

The average wind speed today will be around 3mph first thing this morning increasing to around 6mph as the day passes.

Summary: A mild day with some bright spells but with the cloud cover increasing as the day passes.

Observations made 06:34 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.
Temperature : 15.8c; Air pressure : 1018.7mb; Relative humidity  86%; Wind : calm; Rain this month : 34.8mm; Rain this year :511.8mm

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Getting warm today?

It will not appear to be the most promising start to the day when you look out of the window first thing this morning. A general covering of medium height cloud is covering our region and that brings with it a low risk of some drizzle (around 8%) risk during the drive to work.

Fear not, however, as the wind direction will move slightly anticlockwise and by mid morning we will be receiving warm winds from the SE. This will help clear the clouds and will leave us with periods of clear and bright spells.

You can see from the synoptic chart below that the wind will be coming to us from Spain.  This will mean that Northern France and the South of England will be extremely warm today.  We will also see some high air temperatures in our area today.  By mid afternoon we can expect the air temperature to reach between 25 and 27c.  Overnight the minimum temperature will be around 15-16c.  (Last night’s minimum temperature was 15.6c).

The wind will have an average speed of around 6mph and derive predominantly from the SE.

Summary: A cloudy start but becoming clear and warm.

Observations made 06:28 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.
Temperature : 15.9c; Air pressure : 1022.6mb; Relative humidity  85%; Wind : 1 mph SSW; Rain this month : 34.8mm; Rain this year :511.8mm

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15:00 hours synoptic chart showing air pressure and wind direction”connections” between the UK and Spain

Surface pressure GFS Tu 23.08.2016 15 GMT

 

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What a mild start.

Today starts off extremely mild with the air temperature at approximately 06:30 hours already around 17c.

The rain radar images are showing that there are  few light rain carrying clouds heading through our area this morning.  Many will simply blow by but they do bring a 40% risk of some precipitation (mostly this morning).

Generally today will be mild and partly cloudy.  Our top temperature will be around 20c and overnight the low will, once again, remain high at around 16-17c.  Tomorrow will see our warmest day of the week when our top temperature will be somewhere in the range of 24-27c.

The wind today will be deriving from the SW and the average wind speed will be around 7mph.  Tomorrow sees the wind direction move a few degrees towards the SE and it is this wind direction that will bring the warm air from the Mediterranean area. (Spanish Plume).

Summary: Some risk of rain but mostly cloudy and mild.

Observations made 08:34 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.
Temperature : 17.1c; Air pressure : 1018.1mb; Relative humidity  87%; Wind : 4 mph SSW; Rain this month : 34.8mm; Rain this year :511.8mm

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The weather picture will slowly improve

Despite the generally cloudy start to the day there is some good news to report as the air pressure will rise rapidly this morning towards 1016mb.  Coupled with this is that the rain radar images are only showing small cluster of rain cloud this morning.  The vast majority will either miss our area or pass us by.

We still do have a 32% risk of some rain this morning and early afternoon but this should be more than offset by the 3-4 hours of brighter spells.

A the day passes int the evening we will see the rain clouds gather again and later this evening / overnight the risk of some rain will increase to around 80%.

It will be a mild and slightly less breezy day than yesterday.  Our top temperature will be around 19c and overnight, with all of the additional cloud “blanket”, the minimum temperature will be around 16c.

The wind will be deriving from the warm SW and the average wind speed will be around 6-8mph.

There is some talk in the press of a heat wave reaching the UK next week.  This system, at the moment, looks to be centred around the SE and E of England with temperatures reaching 27-28c. Our area, at the moment seems to be peaking around 22-24c.

 

Summary: Generally dry and cloudy in the day.  Rain later tonight/ overnight.

Observations made 08:11 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.
Temperature : 15.3c; Air pressure : 1011.4mb; Relative humidity  87%; Wind : 4 mph SW; Rain this month : 31.4mm; Rain this year :508.4mm

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