If you are heading in to work today or are simply planning a walk or ride out then great care should be taken as it is cold and icy outside today.
The temperature reached a minimum of 1.6c at 01:25 hours last night and at 08:30 hours we are still recording a negative temperature (-0.3c). Even when the day reaches its maximum temperature we will only see the thermometer reach a top of around 2c. This will feel more like 0c with the slight wind chill. Overnight we will again see the thermometer reach below freezing with a low of around -2c.
The good news is that the air pressure is continuing to rise and, therefore, the risk of any rain is extremely low (less than 5%) and we will see some bright spells (similar to yesterday). It will be another excellent day for taking photographs of some of those atmospheric winter scenes.
The wind is currently deriving from the SW in our area but we can expect to see the direction move clockwise towards the WNW-NW as the day passes. Due to the simple high pressure the wind will be light. The average wind speed will be around 4-5mph.
Looking ahead the air pressure will begin to reduce from tomorrow evening and we can expect to see temperatures to increase on New Years’s Eve and New Year’s Day when the low pressure systems (and clouds) move in.
Summary : A cold but bright day.
Observations made 08:30 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.
Air pressure : 1040.7mb rising; Temperature : –0.3c; Wind : 2 mph SW; Relative humidity : 87%; Rain this month : 32.4mm, Rain this year : 651.4mm