It will be a cool trip to school or work this morning with the air temperature at 06:30 hours only 2.1c. This is not too dissimilar to the same day and time last year when the air temperature at 06:27 hours was 2.6c (with an overnight low of 1.1c).
This cold spell will remain with us for a number of days (up to around the 27th according to current models before, almost immediately, becoming cold again into early February).
The “good” news for today is that the air pressure is rising rapidly (to around 1016mb) and we will see clear and dry spells develop. The overnight rain will soon clear as the early morning passes. The risk of rain after 9am is around 7c.
These clear spells, however, will not help lift the maximum temperature up above 4c. Overnight we will see temperatures reduce blow freezing point to around -2c.
A noticeable feature of the day will be the cool NW breeze. This wind will be blowing at an average speed of around 6-8mph during the daylight hours. This breeze will make the 4c thermometer reading “feel” more like 2c with the wind chill.
As the evening passes into early morning we will see the wind derive from a more WNW-W position. It will be a cold start to tomorrow with ice patches likely.
Summary : Early rain clearing to leave a generally dry but cold day.
Observations made 06:17 hours on the 17 January 2018 in Hammerwich, Staffordshire.
Temperature : 2.3c; Air pressure : 1007.7mb reducing rapidly; Relative humidity 91%; Wind : 10 mph NW; Rain this month : 4.2mm; Rain this year : 4.2mm
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