The barometer is now showing a steady reading and, outside , I can see some blue sky with the start of some cirrocumulus cloud (mackerel sky). Looking around the region on local webcams I can see that in some areas the cirrocumulus cloud is more defined.
The appearance of thicker cirrocumulus cloud in our area generally means that there is a change (for the better) in the weather system about 400km away. In time this is around 6-8 hours. My forecast today does support the theory.
The morning sees some bright spells but also the risk of some isolated showers. The risk of rain is about 55% overall with the greatest risk around 08:00 to 10:00 hours. As the day passes the risk of rain will diminish and this afternoon we will see plenty of brighter spells. Despite these clear spells it will still be cooler than normal for the time of year with a top temperature of around 17c. Overnight the minimum temperature will be around 8c. Overnight we will see plenty of clear spells which should bode well for local astronomers.
The weekend is looking generally OK with just the odd showers here and there but the charts suggest more persistent rain on Monday.
The wind today will be deriving from the WSW to WNW direction. This morning the average wind seppd will be around 4mph but by mid afternoon this speed will increase to an average of around 7mph.
Summary. An often bright day with the risk of the odd rain shower this morning.
Observations made 06:24 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.
Air pressure : 1008.5 mb , Temperature :10.6c, Wind: 3 mph WSW, Relative humidity : 84%, Rain this month : 37.4mm, Rain this year : 433.6mm