Today is going to be a very mild but often breezy day with the UK generally split into a north / south divide. The areas just north of Stoke on Trent will see plenty of rain whilst the further south you travel the risk reduce significantly. In our area we can expect to see some brief showers (around a 60% risk) but, in the main, it will be just a breezy but mild day.
The jet stream (see image below) is making a huge dip to the south before heading back across the UK. This, in turn, is bringing with it warm air from the SW-SSW (beyond the Azores). You will also note on the Jet Stream image the yellow and blue areas. For our discussion purposes these are the areas likely to see the most rain.
Today we will see a top temperature around 15c (feels more like 13c in the wind chill) In contrast our top temperature last year was around 3c. (in 2010 the air temperature at around 09:00 hours was -5.6c whilst 2011 was similar to today with the air temperature around 12c). Our overnight low will be around 10c. It is overnight tonight that we are at greatest risk of receiving some more rain (75% risk) when the low pressure system driven by the jet stream moves further south.
The wind today will be deriving from the SW-SSW and the average wind speed will be around 8mph with gusts of up to 25mph.
Observations made 08:14 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.
Temperature : 13.4c; Air pressure : 1012.3mb; Relative humidity : 83%; wind : 6 mph S; Rain this month : 55mm ; Rain this year : 528mm
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Jet stream bringing warm air from the South/ South West.