The much talked about (in the press at least) Storm Doris reaches our area today and as you step out to go to work this morning you are likely to encounter a gusty breeze and some occasional rain showers.
The showers will be heavy at times but the good news is that the radar images are showing that there is a gap when the rain will either stop or become light during the peak commute time of around 08:00 to 09:00 hours. We will see, however, more rain showers today with the risk of further rain at 95%.
The day will become very blustery particularly around mid day when the isobars are at their closest but as the daylight hours finish the wind speeds will begin to reduce. The clouds will also begin to thin as the evening passes.
During the commuting hours our average WSW-W wind speed will be around 17mph will gusts of around 30mph. As the morning passes the average wind speed will increase to around 30mph by lunchtime with gusts speeds reaching around 50mph. The wind will be deriving from W-NW by this time. AS the day ends and evening begins we will see a reduction in wind speed back to an average of around 8-10mph.
Our top temperature of the day of 9.3c was at 06:30 hours this morning and by lunchtime we can expect the air temperature to only be around 5-6c. With the wind chill this will feel more like -1c. Overnight the minimum temperature will be around 2-3c.
.Summary for today : A windy day with some heavy showers. feeling very cool with the wind chill and reducing air temperature.
Observations made on 23/2/2017 at 06:30 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.
Temperature : 9.3c; Air pressure : 987.1mb; Relative humidity 89%; Wind : 17 mph WSW; Rain this month : 29.4mm; Rain this year : 80.2mm
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Air pressure chart (www.weatheronline.co.uk) for noon today showing the centre of the storm moving to the east and the isobars tightly grouped in our area (bringing increased wind speeds from the NW).