A day for indoor pursuits

The rain we discussed yesterday reached our area about an hour earlier than I though but it has deposited nearly 4mm so far (2.6mm last night and 1.4mm today).

Sadly I cannot promise any improvement in the weather today as rain and cloud will be the major features.  We can expect to receive somewhere around 15mm of rain today as the jet stream continues to “push” warm air into our area from the SW.  It should be noted that the rain will be generally widespread across the UK today with the SW of the UK being hardest hit with a precipitation accumulation  of around 40mm.  The rain will clear late tonight / overnight.

Our surface air pressure will continue to reduce and will “bottom out” at around 984mb by around mid afternoon. It will, however, take some time for the low pressure system that is currently (at the time of observations) centred to the NW of the UK to pass beyond our area.

The low pressure system will bring with it some breezy periods as the day passes.  The wind will be deriving from a predominantly S-SW arc and the average wind speed will be around 12-15mph with gusts of up to 35-40mph.

Despite the rain it will be a mild day with a top temperature of around 10c and an overnight low of around 3-4c.

Summary: A rainy day with increasing wind speeds

Observations made 08:00 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.
Temperature : 6.4c; Air pressure : 996.9mb; Relative humidity : 86%; wind :  3mph SSW; Rain this month : 8mm ; Rain this year : 68.8mm

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Cloudy day but will it rain?

The air pressure will be reducing slowly today.  By mid to late evening (around 21:00 hours) the air pressure will reach around 1008mb (from the morning start point of 1017mb).

This reduction in surface pressure coincides with a band of rain that is moving across the UK during the day and will reach us around 20-21:00 hours.  The risk of rain from the system is around 80%.  There is also a 25% risk of localised drizzle in our area during the day but these showers will be localised and short-lived.

The jet stream will be driving warm air from the SSW-SW into our area today and this will bring us a generally cloudy but mild day.  The top temperature will be around 9c and the overnight low will be around 7c.

The average wind speed will be around 8mph with gusts of around 25mph.  The wind will spend the entire day deriving from a SSW-SW arc.  The average wind speed will reduce the “feel” of the air temperature by around 1.5c.

As a point of interest this time last year we were in a run (1st to 8th February 2015) of some cool weather with regular minus temperatures overnight and top daytime temperatures of around 5c.

Summary: A cloudy day with a high risk of rain later in the day.

Observations made 06:34 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.
Temperature : 8.6c; Air pressure : 1017.7mb; Relative humidity : 85%; wind :  5mph SSW; Rain this month : 4.8mm ; Rain this year : 65mm

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A lot warmer than this time last year

As we discussed yesterday our area has received some overnight rain and the radar images are showing that there are still a few rogue rain clouds still around until the end of the commute to work.  Any further showers up to around 09:30 hours would be light and localised.

It will be a cloudy day with high and low cloud layers present all day and medium layer cloud formations with us for the majority of the time.  This thick cloud bed will, however, help to maintain a generally high air temperature.  The risk of further rain (beyond 09:30 hours) from this cloud bed is around 35%.

Our top temperature today will be around 11c and overnight the minimum will be around 8c.  last night’s minimum temperature was 4.4c at 00:08 hours but the area soon warmed up with the arrival of the rain.

The air temperature at approximately 06:30 hours this morning was 9.3c.  Last year it was -0.2c at the same time of the day!

The wind will be bringing warm air today from the SSW-SW.  The average wind speed will be around 8mph.  Wind gusts could reach around 17-20mph.

Summary: Overnight rain will clear to leave us with a mild but cloudy day.

Observations made 06:29 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.
Temperature : 9.3c; Air pressure : 1020mb; Relative humidity : 87%; wind :  6mph SW; Rain this month : 4.4mm ; Rain this year : 64.6mm

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More rain?

As I am writing this blog (approximately 06:30 hours) steady rain is falling in the Hammerwich area.  The anemometer (wind speed gauge) is also showing that it is still breezy outside.  It will not be the most pleasant walk or cycle to work or school this morning.

The radar images are showing that there is a band of rain and even possibly a little sleet that will be passing through our area this morning. The risk of rain first thing this morning is 99%.

The good news is that this initial system will have cleared by around 10:00 hours. The risk of rain between 10:00 hours and midnight tonight is around 30%.  There is then a large band of rain that will then cover almost the entire UK in the early hours.   The risk of rain from this later system is 90%.  This later rain will be due to the wind direction returning, overnight/ late tonight, to a SW derivation.

The jet stream will be, by midday, running down the UK from the NW.  This will bring with it some cool winds.  The top air temperature today will be around 8c but this will feel more like 5c in the wind chill.  Overnight we will see little temperature change with the low around 5c.

The wind will start the day deriving from the WSW but as the day passes we will see this direction move clockwise towards the WNW-NW.  The average wind speed today will be around 10mph with gusts of around 30mph.  During the period that the wind is bringing the cool air from the NW we will see some slightly brighter spells.

Summary: A rainy start but clearing for most of the day. Rain again overnight.

Observations made 06:30 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.
Temperature : 3.1c; Air pressure : 1014.7mb; Relative humidity : 86%; wind : 16mph WSW; Rain this month : 0.4mm ; Rain this year : 60.6mm

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Is it still breezy?

Today sees, once again, another breezy day.  The centre of the low pressure system that was named Storm Henry is now centred to the NE of Scotland but the impact is still being felt across the UK.

The average wind speed today will be around 13-15mph and gusts speeds will reach around 25-30 mph.  The wind will be deriving from a SW-W arc.  As we head into to the evening the synoptic charts are showing that the points of similar air pressure do widen a little and the effect of this is that we will feel the wind speed reduce.

Generally it will be a dry day but there is a 55% risk of some rain either end of the working day.

We will see some odd brighter spells but these will not help the temperature rise too much above 7c.  The wind chill will reduce the “feel” of this top temperature by around 3c (i.e. 7c feels like 4c).  Overnight we will have little cloud protection and this will allow the minimum temperature to reduce to around 2-3c.

Finally, can I take this opportunity to wish regular reader Craig Scott all the best at his job interview today.

Summary: Another breezy day with some sunshine and a risk of the odd shower.

Observations made 06:33 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.
Temperature : 7c; Air pressure : 1010mb; Relative humidity : 72%; wind : 13mph WSW; Rain this month : 0mm ; Rain this year : 60.2mm

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Storm Henry visits today

Today we see the impact of Storm Henry in our area.  The storm is centred, at the time of observation (around 06:30 hours), just to the North of Scotland. For our area it means that we see some slightly elevate wind speeds but nothing that we really need to be worried about.  The further north you travel the risk of damage from the storm increases.

It will be a generally dry and mild day with just a 15% risk of rain.  The top temperature will reach around 13c but overnight the minimum temperature will reduce to around 5c.  During the day we will see some brighter spells although, it general, there will be some cloud around.

The wind will be deriving from a SW-WSW direction for the majority of the day.  The average wind speed will be around 13-15mph but gusts could reach around 35 mph.

Summary: A mild but breezy day.  Only a 15% risk of rain.

Observations made 06:32 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.
Temperature : 10.8c; Air pressure : 1009.5mb; Relative humidity : 79%; wind : 12mph SW; Rain this month : 0mm ; Rain this year : 60.2mm

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A cool and damp start but will it get warmer?

It is a cool and miserable start to the last day of January 2016.  At the time of observation 1.4mm of rain had fallen in our area and the prospect of further precipitation up to midday is around 95%. This afternoon / evening the risk of rain is around 25%.

Things will look up a little, however, as during the afternoon the air temperature will rise to around 12c.  This will be due to a change of wind  direction and heavy cloud cover. Overnight, with a SW-WSW breeze blowing, the air temperature will also remain mild.  The minimum air temperature overnight will be around 10c.

The wind will start the day deriving from the SSE-S but, as we discussed above, will soon travel clockwise towards the SW/WSW.  The average wind speed will be around 4 t0 6mph this morning but will strengthen to 10-12mph as the day passes and the air pressure beings to rapidly increase.  The air pressure by the end of the day will be around 102mb.

Summary: A dull, cool and damp start but becoming milder albeit with plenty of cloud.

Observations made 08:42 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.
Temperature : 4.8c; Air pressure : 1004.2mb; Relative humidity : 88%; wind : 3mph SSE; Rain this month : 58.6mm ; Rain this year : 58.6mm

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