Today, according to the Met office, is the last day of summer but is it? If we go by the equinox then Autumn starts on the 23 September whilst Phenologists decide the seasons by the “movements” in nature. Last year, for instance, the Autumn was late starting due to mild temperatures, the trees were still in leaf until late and birds were late to migrate. So far this year recordings by Woodland trust volunteers are only showing a couple of instances of leaf tinting and neither of these are in our area. So, maybe Autumn isn’t really here and we can continue to enjoy being in the summer!
Today’s weather will neither confirm or condemn the “still summer” theory.
It will be a partly cloudy but mild day. Our top temperature will be around 19c and overnight the minimum temperature will be around 13c. The air pressure is continuing to rise and there are very few points of adjacent pressure. This means that we will only have a light breeze blowing today.
The average wind speed will be around 5mph and the wind will be deriving from the WSW-W.
There will be the chance for some brighter spells to break through during the day but this will depend entirely how lucky you are with the cloud fragmentation. The cloud cover will vary between 20% and 90% during the day.
The radar images are showing a band of rain cloud moving across the UK from the W. This rain will reach us during the early hours of tomorrow and may still be with us by morning drive time.
Finally, just a reminder that today is the last day of the Lichfield food festival so if you have a chance then why not pop into the city and have a taste?
Summary. Another partially cloudy day but remaining mild.
Observations made 07:47 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.
Air pressure : 1017.1 mb , Temperature :13.0c, Wind: 2 mph WSW, Relative humidity : 85%, Rain this month : 63.4mm, Rain this year : 459.6mm