A change in fortune

We rise this morning to a much brighter weather picture and some sunny spells greet the start of the new day.

As the day passes the air pressure will increase slowly from (approximately) 1008mb to 1016mb.  This increase will herald the reduction in the risk of rain.  We are not, however, quite out of the woods yet and the radar images are showing some clusters of rain cloud.

Like yesterday, when 4.6mm of rain fell in Hammerwich, localised rain is possible.  The risk of rain today in our area is 40%.  The further we head into the mid afternoon / early evening the risk of rain reduces slightly as the air pressure increases.

Our top temperature today will be around 17c and overnight the minimum temperature will be 10c.  (Last night’s low was 8.3c)

The wind will start the day from the SW/WSW but as the day passes it will move clockwise to end the day deriving from the W/WNW.  The average wind speed will be 6-7mph.

Summary : A brighter day through a partially cloudy sky.  Less risk of rain than of late.

Observations made 6:33 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Air pressure : 1008.1mb ; Temperature 8.6c; Relative humidity :86%; Wind : 2 mph SW;     Rain this month : 70.2mm; Rain this year : 286mm.

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More rain than average in July 2015

So far in July 2015 we have received 31.2% more rain than average for the month and there is still the chance of a few drops more today.

The air pressure is beginning to rise but the low air pressure system that delivered so much rain on our area on Sunday is still with us and will bring a 45% risk of some showers today.  The radar images are showing some small rain clusters in our area this morning but the largest risk of some showers will be from lunchtime to late afternoon.  It will not all be bad news though as some brighter spells will break through the cloud bed from time to time.

The low pressure system will also bring some breeze.  The average wind speed today will be around 10mph.  The wind will be deriving predominantly from the WSW.

The good news is that as the day passes the low pressure system pushes further East and the jet stream moves further to the S.  This will mean that over the next day or so we will see less risk of rain and a few more brighter spells although the air temperature will not be too high due.

Today we can expect the thermometer to rise to a maximum of around 16-17c.  Overnight the minimum temperature will be around 9c.  (Last night’s minimum temperature was 12c at 05:48 hours).

Summary : A partly cloudy and breezy day.  Risk of some showers too.

Observations made 6:31 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Air pressure : 1001.8mb ; Temperature 12.4c; Relative humidity :82%; Wind : 11 mph SW;     Rain this month : 65.6mm; Rain this year : 281.4mm.

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How much rain yesterday?

After yesterday’s “wash out”, when 13.2mm of rain fell on our area, today will see us receive far less precipitation.  So far today 1.6mm of rain has fallen and whilst we do have a 65% risk of further rain today it will not be so persistent as it was for much of yesterday.

The barometer at 06:30 hours is currently showing that the air pressure is rising slowly but low air pressure systems will remain in our area today.

The low air pressure means that the majority of the day will generally cloudy but we will see some bright spells along with the risk of the odd shower during the day.

The risk of rain is at its highest during the afternoon and early evening although it will not rain consistently through this period.  Some of the rain could be moderate to heavy (particularly later on in the day).  This morning the radar images are showing plenty of rain cloud moving across the UK but the vast majority are missing our immediate area.

Our top temperature today will be around 18c and overnight the low will be similar to last night at around 13c (last night’s minimum temperature was 13.5c at 00:00 hours).

The wind will be deriving from the W-WSW for the majority of the day.  The average wind speed will be around 8mph.

Summary : Low air pressure continues to bring cloud and the threat of rain to our area.  Some brighter spells too.

Observations made 08:32 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Air pressure : 995.1mb ; Temperature 14.2c; Relative humidity :87%; Wind : 4 mph SW;     Rain this month : 65.4mm; Rain this year : 281.2mm.

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Sunday showers

After yesterday’s very pleasant day, today returns to more cloud and rain.  A low pressure system that is based to the W of us is gradually pushing across the UK and will reach our area by around 09:00 hours.  We can expect to see rain falling in our area from around by mid morning (when the air pressure is nearer 1000mb).

Rain showers will continue to be a threat throughout the day with the risk of rain at 95%.   Some of the showers will be moderate to heavy.  We can expect the total accumulation of rain today to be around 5-7mm.

To confirm the imminent arrival of the low pressure system is that, at the time of observations (08:30 hours), the barometer was showing that the air pressure was reducing rapidly (from 1015.3mb to 1007.9mb since midnight to 08:40 hours).  We  can expect the air pressure to reach a “low” of around 996-998mb.

Our top temperature today will be around 15c and the overnight low will be similar (around 13c).

The wind will be deriving from the ESE and the wind speed today will be around 6-10mph.

Summary : Rain moving in from the W.  Some of the rainfall could be moderate to heavy.

Observations made 08:32 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Air pressure : 1008.1mb ; Temperature 12.5c; Relative humidity :79%; Wind : 3mph ESE;     Rain this month : 50.6mm; Rain this year : 266.4mm.

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The best for a while

Today sees a respite in the rain and, overall, we are in for  pleasant if, at times, a partly cloudy day today.  So far during July 50.6m of rain has fallen in our area which is about what we would expect for the entire month (50mm).  With further rain expected from tomorrow onward we can expect to well exceed the average rainfall for the month.  The risk of rain today (isolated short shower only) is around 15%.

Today, therefore, is a day to get out and enjoy. Our top temperature will be around 18c and we will see some pleasant brighter spells through fragmented or thin cloud.  These brighter spells in our area are created by the jet stream sitting along the South coast rather than running from W to E across central UK.  Overnight the minimum temperature will be around 9-10c.   (Last night’s minimum temperature was 9.9c at 06:02 hours).

The wind will bring a bit of a chill with it today if you are in the shade as it will be deriving from the NW.  the average wind speed today will be around 8mph.

Tomorrow will see rain spread to our area from W and, in fact, most parts of  the UK will receive some moderate to heavy rainfall during the 26 July.

Summary : A dry and more pleasant day than yesterday.  Some good brighter spells.

Observations made 07:59 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Air pressure : 1011.9mb ; Temperature 12.7c; Relative humidity :83%; Wind : 2mph NNW;     Rain this month : 50.6mm; Rain this year : 266.4mm.

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Not a day to be on the SE Coast

A large system of rain cloud is making its way across the UK today.  The heaviest of the rain will be on the SE coast around the Brighton area but we will see some rain fall too.

During the day the surface air pressure will reduce to around 1008mb.  The points of air pressure are fairly wide apart add, therefore, it will not too blustery.

The radar images are showing that the first significant rain cloud reaches our area this morning as we make our way to work.  There is a 85% risk of light to moderate showers this morning.  This afternoon we can expect to see heavier rainfall and we cannot expect the risk of rain to fall below 90% this afternoon.  The final rain cloud system will leave our area very late evening / overnight.

Our top temperature, because of the cloud and rain, will be limited to around 17c.  Overnight the low will be around 10c.

The wind will be deriving from a WNW/NNE arc for the majority of the day.  This is due to the jet stream taking a broader angle across the UK deriving from the NW / NNW.  The average wind speed today will be around 5mph.  (Increasing slightly during the afternoon with the heaviest rain).

Summary : Extended periods of rain during the day.  Staying generally cloudy.

Observations made 06:24 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Air pressure : 1013.1mb ; Temperature 11.9c; Relative humidity :81%; Wind : calm;     Rain this month : 42.8mm; Rain this year : 258.6mm.

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Comparing today to last year

Today sees us wake up to a much brighter and fresher day.  The air temperature at approximately o6:30 hours was 11c and the overnight minimum was just into double figures at 10.6c (05:48 hours).  In 2013 and 2014 the minimum temperature on the corresponding day was around 14c.

Last year we were in a period of very warm weather and the top temperature was around 29c.  Today will not see such dizzy heights as the jet stream continues to travel across the UK from West to East.  This will bring mild temperatures and some cloud.  The cloud will be at its most dense during the afternoon.

It will, however, not be a totally cloudy day and we will see some brighter spells too.  These brighter spells will push our top temperature up towards 18-19c.  Overnight the minimum temperature will be around 9-10c.

The radar images are not currently showing a greater risk than 18% of rain in our area.  Any rain would be localised and short-lived but, in general, the information at the moment suggests a dry day in our area.

The wind will be deriving from a SW-W arc and the average wind speed will be around 6-7mph.

Summary : A partially cloudy allowing for some brighter spells. It will be milder and less humid than of late.

Observations made 06:27 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Air pressure : 1016.5mb ; Temperature 11c; Relative humidity :84%; Wind : 3mph SW;     Rain this month : 42.8mm; Rain this year : 258.6mm.

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