It is a very breezy start to the day with the wind blowing at around force six to seven on the Beaufort scale. This will see the anemometer showing average wind speeds of around 20 mph and with gusts of 30-35 mph.
Our strongest gust speed, so far, today (up to the time of my observations at approximately 06:30 hours) was 37 mph at 04:20 hours. The wind speed will reduce slightly as the afternoon passes but it will be a breezy day throughout.
To join in with the wind will be rain from the W. This rain will reach our area by around 08:00 hours and will remain a risk to us, off and on, until later afternoon. The heaviest of the rain will, however, be this morning. Drivers need to be extra careful today as conditions for travel will not be great. The risk of rain this morning is 93%.
The day will start off very mild at nearly 12.5c but as the day progresses the air temperature will reduce to around 7c by midday. The overnight low will be around 4c. Today’s early morning warm air is in great contrast to the same day and time last year when the air temperature was a cool -0.5c.
Summary: Some early rain. A strong breeze with rain this morning. Rain clearing later but temperature reducing as the day passes.
Observations made on 24/1/2018 at 06:33 hours Hammerwich, Staffordshire.
Temperature : 12.1c; Air pressure : 998mb reducing rapidly; Relative humidity 87%; Wind : 18 mph SSW; Rain this month : 43.2mm; Rain this year : 43.2mm
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