Today sees us reach the winter solstice and from now on, minute by minute, the period of evening sunlight will extend a little longer each day. The morning will, however, continue to remain dark for a few weeks yet. Please see the explanation why here.
When I look back at my records there is a stark contrast to today’s observations and those I made on the same day in 2010. In 2010 the air temperature at 06:30 hours (it was a working day) was -4.5c and light snow was falling. Today, albeit a couple of hours later, the air temperature is 7.3c and the low overnight was only 5.4c.
Today will be a generally cloudy and breezy day with a top temperature of around 10c. Overnight the low will be around 6c.
The wind will be deriving from the SW and due to a complex air pressure it will be breezy throughout the day. The average wind speed will be around 6mph with gusts of up to 24mph.
With all of the cloud about the radar images are showing a few rain clouds around. These will probably blow by, however, a 15% risk of the odd light shower / drizzle does need to be reported.
Summary : Remaining breezy but a little milder than of late.
Observations made 08:40 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.
Air pressure : 1024.5mb falling slowly; Temperature : 7.3c; Wind : 6 mph SW; Relative humidity : 84%; Rain this month : 23.4mm, Rain this year : 642.4mm