Any rain showers today?

If you have some outdoor activities planned for today then let me immediately make you aware that there is a high (80% risk) of some rain showers today.  The biggest risk of rain showers is between the period from 11:00 hours until 15:00 hours.  The radar images are clearly showing some scattered rain cloud heading our way during that period.  As the clouds are (not yet anyway) in a solid formation it is unlikely that it will rain continuously throughout the time period above.

The maximum air temperature will hover around high teens (18-19c) and overnight, with a partial cloud cover to act as an insulator, the minimum temperature will be around 13-14c.  Last night’s minimum temperature was 12c at 00:017 hours.

Today’s wind will start off deriving from the WSW before moving slightly anticlockwise to spend most of the day deriving from a SW-SSW arc.  today’s average wind speed will be 6mph.

Summary: Generally a cloudy day with a few brighter spells. 80% risk of some rain showers sometime between 11:00 hours and 15:00 hours.

Observations made 06:32 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.
Temperature : 13c; Air pressure : 1014.4mb; Relative humidity  86%; Wind : calm; Rain this month : 28.6mm; Rain this year :474.4mm

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Early morning rain on the 27 July 2016

Some light rain greeted me at the time of observation with around 0.8mm already depositing itself in the Hammerwich area during the early hours.  At the time of observations the radar images were showing that some patchy rain cloud would continue to pass through our area until around 09:00 -09:30 hours.  Beyond this time the risk of rain reduces to around 25%.

The remainder of the morning and early afternoon will see a general covering of some medium height cloud (some fragmentation will take place to allow the odd bright spell but generally cloudy).  From mid afternoon the cloud will lift to a higher height before medium height cloud returns.  This level of cloud will bring, at times, a humid feel to the day.

Our top temperature today will be around 19-20c and overnight the minimum will be around 12-13c.  Last night’s minimum temperature was 16.3c at 02:26 hours.

The cloud cover is being caused by the jet stream  pushing across the UK from W to E.  As we get nearer the weekend the position changes to below the UK and this should bring us some brighter weather.

The wind will start the day deriving from the SW but will then begin to move, as the morning passes, towards the WNW.  The average wind speed today will be around 6mph.

Summary: Early morning rain will clear to leave a partly cloudy and, at times, humid day.

Observations made 06:26 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.
Temperature : 16.5c; Air pressure : 1012.2mb; Relative humidity  86%; Wind : 8mph SW; Rain this month : 27.4mm; Rain this year :473.2mm

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UV risk lower today.

The surface air pressure starts off fairly stable at around 1020mb this morning, however, the synoptic charts are showing that a low pressure front will be reaching our area by the early hours of tomorrow.

There will, therefore, be a steady reduction in air pressure today which will lead to three outcomes:-

  • A slight increase in wind speed as the day passes
  • A 50% risk of rain during the mid afternoon and a 70% risk of rain overnight / first thing tomorrow morning.
  • The air pressure will be around 1013mb by tomorrow morning and as a consequence it will also be a little breezier than this morning.

The day will be generally cloudy but mild.  Our top temperature will be around 20c and overnight the minimum temperature will be around the 15c mark.  Last night the minimum temperature was 12.5c at 00:59 hours.  A positive aspect of the increased cloud cover is the reduced risk of UV damage.  The risk today is low to moderate so it will be a lot safer fr the children to play outside.

The wind will spend today deriving from the SW.  The average wind speed will be 6mph.

Summary: Mild and often cloudy.  A medium risk of rain during the afternoon and a high risk of rain overnight.

Observations made 06:27 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.
Temperature : 14c; Air pressure : 1020mb; Relative humidity  86%; Wind : 4mph SW; Rain this month : 26.6mm; Rain this year :472.4mm

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Weather report for day one of the school holidays.

The air pressure starts off at around 1017mb but by the end of the day it will rise to around 1020mb.  This is good news and suggests that we are in for a generally dry day.

This initial assumption is confirmed by a look at the radar images that does show a small risk of some light rain sometime from mid afternoon to early evening but the risk is no greater than 15%.

Today will not be as warm as some recent days but it will still feel pleasant and maybe even a little humid at times.  The top temperature will be around 21c and overnight the minimum temperature will be around 14c.  Last night’s minimum temperature was 13.4c at 05:30 hours.

The wind will be deriving initially from the SW but will travel towards the W as the morning passes.  This will signal an increase in cloud cover although we will still have plenty of bright spells to enjoy.  The average wind speed today will be around 6mph.

Summary: Mild and pleasant but with only a low risk of rain.

Observations made 06:30 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.
Temperature : 14.1c; Air pressure : 1016.9mb; Relative humidity  86%; Wind : 1mph SW; Rain this month : 26.2mm; Rain this year :472mm

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A good weather day for gardening?

There is plenty of cloud cover around first thing this morning and the radar images clearly show a band of rain cloud  moving across the UK from the W.  This system could well simply blow by (as the air pressure is high), however, it does still present a 40% risk of some rain showers from a period from around 11:00 hours until early afternoon (say, 14:00 hours).  It will, however, certainly not rain throughout that period, if at all – remember the risk is only 40%.

It will also be a much milder day today with the top temperature only just getting to around 20-21c.  I am sure that this is a welcome respite to many and a disappointment to others.  The overnight minimum temperature will be around 13c.

The wind will be deriving predominantly from the SW and the average wind speed will be around 5-6mph.  The wind speed will increase a little around 11:00 hours when the rain cloud system moves towards our area.

Despite the more general cloud cover we will still see some bright spells too so, overall, it will be a good day for doing some work in the garden.

Summary: More cloud than of late and a 40% risk of some rain.

Observations made 08:05 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.
Temperature : 17.7c; Air pressure : 1017.6mb; Relative humidity  83%; Wind : 3mph SW; Rain this month : 26.2mm; Rain this year :472mm

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First day of the school holiday weather.

Today sees the first day, for many, of the school holidays and the weather will be joining in with the “celebration” by being generally warm and pleasant.

This morning will see some hazy sunshine through very thin cloud.  As the day passes we will see the cloud cover thicken a little but we will still enjoy some bright spells as the cloud will be fragmented by around 20-30%.  In the direct sunshine the UV factor will be high so if you are planning to spend some time outdoors you should consider wearing some sun protection.

Today’s top temperature will be around 24c and overnight we will see a temperature low of a very warm and muggy 16-18c.

If you are planning a trip out on your bike then the good news is that the air pressure is fairly stable which means that the wind speed will be light with the average speed across the day no greater than 5mph.  The wind will be deriving, for the majority of the day, from the W (hence the partial cloud cover).  The risk of any rain today is only around 10%.

Summary: A partly cloudy day but still very pleasant.

Observations made 07:32 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.
Temperature : 15.3c; Air pressure : 1019.4mb; Relative humidity  85%; Wind : calm; Rain this month : 26.2mm; Rain this year :472mm

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Is this the weather for Jimmy?

Today sees the jet stream in a position slightly north of our area and this will allow some warmer air from the south to reach our patch.  The movement of the jet stream to this slightly northern position means that we will have partly cloudy but mild day.

(I am, however, sure that Jimmy Anderson will be delighted with the overhead conditions should he get a chance to bowl this morning at the cricket test match in Manchester.  There is, however, an increased risk of rain showers the further north you travel).

Our top temperature will be in the mid 20s (23-25c) and overnight the minimum temperature will be around 15c.

During the early part of the next week the jet stream will begin to run across the centre of the UK and this will mean that we will see the average top temperature reduce to around 20-21c.

There are a few showers dotted around the UK but the majority are to the north of us.  We will, however, have  25% risk of some rain in our area mid afternoon.  Yesterday 0.6mm of rain fell in Hammerwich and, for this blogger, it was a most welcome visitor!

The wind today will start of light and from and general SW-S direction.  As the day passes into the mid afternoon the wind will move clockwise to derive from a W-WNW direction.  The average wind speed will only be around 4mph.

Summary: A partly cloudy day with the top temperature not as warm as recent days. 

Observations made 06:22 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.
Temperature : 16.3c; Air pressure : 1017mb; Relative humidity  86%; Wind : calm; Rain this month : 26 mm; Rain this year :471.8mm

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