WS7 weather report for Hammerwich, Lichfield, Burntwood, Brownhills and Bloxwich for the 16 October 2011 (including a look at the week ahead).

Observations made 09:34 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.

Air pressure : 1021mb

Temperature : 11.6c

Wind : 4mph SSW

Relative humidity : 87%

Cloud cover : 6/8

Rain since 00:01 hours :0mm

Rain this month : 13.4mm

Forecast for today.

There will be plenty of breaks in the clouds today to allow some sun to shine through it will, however, not be as bright a day as yesterday.

The wind will be blowing from the SW and moving to WSW as the day passes.  The average wind speed will be around 6mph although gusts could be around 15mph.

We can expect a top temperature today of around 14c and overnight the low will fall to around 8c.

What is very interesting to us amateur weather watcher is the developing situation with the jet stream over the next few days.  Firstly, around Tuesday, there is a large convergence of the jet stream across the southern part of the country.  This should bring some heavier rain although whether we will be affected is too early to tell.  The general picture is all I can offer at the moment.

Image 1 – Convergence of the Jet stream across the Southern parts of the UK.

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Later on in the week (around Thursday) the jet stream is very weak and has moved away from the UK.  This will allow the northern climate to dominate and bring us cooler temperatures.  We are extremely unlikely to see any snow (unlike some alarmist newspapers predict) but we could see some ground frost.  it would be a good idea, therefore, to use today to begin winter preparations for those tender plants in your garden.

 Image 2 – Norther climate dominating the UK

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