During the early hours of this morning strong winds were operating in our area and at 02:43 hours my weather station recorded at top speed of 40mph.
This morning the synoptic charts and my weather station are showing that the air pressure is rising rapidly and the points of similar air pressure are becoming less tightly packed. In turn this will mean the average and gust wind speeds will be a lot lower than those recorded overnight. We can expect the average wind speed today to be around 12mph. Gust speeds could still be around 20mph. The wind will be deriving from the SW-WSW.
It is, however, likely that there will be some tree and other damage caused by the wind overnight and so great care will need to be taken when travelling around today.
Our top temperature will be around 5c but with the wind chill this will feel more like 2c. Overnight the minimum temperature will be around 1c.
There is a thin slither of rain cloud that will passing through our area this morning and we are 80% certain of receiving some measurable rain during the morning . This afternoon will see the clouds fragment and some brighter spells will develop.
Looking ahead towards the weekend the outlook currently looks as if Saturday will be dry and occasionally bright but Sunday looks as if it will be a rainy kind of day.
Summary: Wind speed reducing slightly after a stormy night. Some rain probable this morning. Brighter spells this afternoon.
Observations made on 18/1/2018 at 06:24 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.
Temperature : 4.3c; Air pressure : 996.2mb rising rapidly; Relative humidity 87%; Wind : 9 mph SW; Rain this month : 24.6mm; Rain this year : 24.6mm
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