WS7 weather report for Hammerwich, Lichfield, Burntwood, Brownhills and surrounding areas (14 May 2011).

Observations made 07:24 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Air pressure : 1017.9mb

Temperature : 8.1c

Wind : 8mph SW

Relative humidity : 78%

Rain since 00:01 hours : 0mm

Forecast for today.

The jet stream is now beginning to move position and by tonight it will be running down rather than across the country.  This change will introduce some cool air from the north and whilst the change is taking place, some rain. 

Fortunately the change happens later in the day so, in the main, we will enjoy some bright spells today although we will also have the odd shower interrupting proceedings.

The first rain carrying cloud appear in our area between 08:10 and 10:00 and it is possible that we could have a light shower any  time between these hours.  The radar images show the cloud forms to be very fragmented and, therefore, any shower will be very localised. Many will see no rain at all this morning.

We will then have a mainly dry if breezy day time.  The isobars on the pressure chart are much closer today than of late and this indicates an increase in wind speed.  Our average wind speed by mid afternoon should be around 10-12mph with gusts twice that speed.  As the day passes the wind direction will begin to move to one that ends up from a NW direction (as per the jet stream).

As the afternoon passes so the risk of rain increases.  By early evening we should have some showers.  These are currently showing on the radar images as being moderate in density.

The top temperature today will be around 13c and the low overnight around 6c (last night fell to a low of 4c which shows that we should still be taking care of tender plants and ensuring that they are not near the ground overnight).

Summary.

Mostly dry and breezy with the risk of showers increasing late afternoon. 

Jet stream image.

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