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August 2018: average temps, rain, sun

August was a big let down in a summer that saw the mean temperature nationally match the UK’s best-ever summers.

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Summer maxima took a real dip during the first week of August

The mean temperature finished 18.9C, 0.7C above average.

Some 69.5mm of rainfall was recorded, 139 per cent of the 1981-2010 average. Some 169 hours of sunshine were recorded, 87 per cent of average. Apart from being 1.5C warmer than average it was a carbon copy of last August.

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Summary for August 2018

Temperature (°C):
Mean (1 minute)  18.8
Mean (min+max)   18.9
Mean Minimum     13.8
Mean Maximum     24.3
Minimum          6.9 day 10
Maximum          33.1 day 03
Highest Minimum  19.1 day 03
Lowest Maximum   17.0 day 09
Air frosts       0
Rainfall (mm):
Total for month  69.5
Wettest day      13.6 day 16
High rain rate   48.3 day 10
Rain days        14
Dry days         17
Wind (mph):
Highest Gust     22.8 day 24
Average Speed    2.5
Wind Run         1841.7 miles
Gale days        0
Pressure (mb):
Maximum          1025.1 day 31
Minimum          1001.3 day 26
Total hours of sunshine        169

 

 

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July 2018: warmest month on record

July 2018 was the warmest month locally in a record going back to 1797. The mean temperature of 21.7C is 3.2C above the 1981-2010 average and exceeds the previous warmest July (1983) by 0.3C. Indeed, it is the warmest calendar month ever.

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MODIS image July 15th 2018

Just 16.7mm of rain fell, all of it coming after the 47 day long drought ended with a thunderstorm on the 27th. The amount is 38 per cent of average and is the driest July since 2010 and 7th driest in the local record.

There were 273 hours of sunshine, 142 per cent of average, making it the sunniest for five years and 10th sunniest on record.

As well as many hot days the lack of rainfall was most noticeable with catastrophic results on Wanstead Flats.

The warmest day occurred on the 26th with 34.7C.

The wettest day occurred on the 27th with 7.3mm falling.

 

 

June 2018: driest on record since 1797

This June will probably be most remembered for the lack of rainfall throughout the month. I recorded just 0.7mm of rain over the 30 days – the driest June in a local record going back to 1797, 0.4mm less than the previous driest June in 1925.

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A fire on Wanstead Flats on Friday 29th was quickly extinguished thanks to the fire brigade

As I write this the area is now experiencing its 24th day of ‘meteorological drought’ conditions with little prospect of anything heavy anytime soon. The month was in stark contrast to May which saw may downpours associated with thunderstorms.

It was a warm month. The mean temperature finished 18.1C, exactly 2C above average, though slightly down on last June and the 7th= warmest since 1797.

Some 231.4hrs of sunshine were recorded, 130 per cent of average, making it the sunniest May for 8 years, and the 30th sunniest since 1881.

The warmest day occurred on the 25th with 30C.

The wettest day occurred on the 9th with 0.4mm falling.

Summary for June 2018

Temperature (°C):
Mean (1 minute)  17.7
Mean (min+max)   18.0
Mean Minimum     12.3
Mean Maximum     23.8
Minimum          6.4 day 12
Maximum          30.0 day 25
Highest Minimum  17.8 day 18
Lowest Maximum   17.9 day 04
Air frosts       0
Rainfall (mm):
Total for month  0.7
Wettest day      0.4 day 09
High rain rate   4.0 day 09
Rain days        1
Dry days         29
Wind (mph):
Highest Gust     18.3 day 14
Average Speed    3.1
Wind Run         2199.7 miles
Gale days        0
Pressure (mb):
Maximum          1029.9 day 21
Minimum          1008.2 day 14
Days with snow falling         0
Days with snow lying at 0900   0
Total hours of sunshine        231.4
Elsewhere in the UK it has been a very dry month across England.
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Two CET stations, Rothamsted and Pershore recorded 2.2mm and 10mm respectively.
Other stations:
Northolt 0.8mm
St Bees Head: 25.2mm
Scilly: 7.6mm
Shoebury: 0mm

 

May 2018: warmth and thunderstorms

This May will probably be most remembered for the number of thunderstorms affecting the area. I recorded an unprecedented (in my memory) four consecutive days of thunderstorms.

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Convective clouds build over Wanstead Flats

It was also warm with a couple of days making the top 10 of hottest days since 1959. The mean temperature finished 15.1C, 2C warmer than average, the warmest May for seven years and the 8th= warmest since 1797.

Rainfall at 65.5mm was 128 per cent of average and slightly drier than last year.

Some 244hrs of sunshine were recorded, 134 per cent of average, making it the sunniest May for 7 years, and the 11th sunniest since 1881.

Spring finished with a mean temp of 11C, 0.8C above average, 1C cooler than last year. Rainfall at 181.9mm, was 135 per cent of average, making it the wettest spring for 10 years. Sunshine of only 411.2 hours made it the dullest spring since 2006.

The warmest day occurred on the 7th with 28.1C.

The wettest day occurred on the 29th with 29.8mm falling during a prolonged thunderstorm.

Air frosts: 0, Ground frosts: 0

This summer in east London is looking average with little to write home about weatherwise.

Summary for May 2018

Temperature (°C):
Mean (1 minute)  14.7
Mean (min+max)   15.1
Mean Minimum     9.0
Mean Maximum     21.1
Minimum          1.8 day 02
Maximum          28.1 day 07
Highest Minimum  15.7 day 31
Lowest Maximum   14.1 day 02
Air frosts       0
Rainfall (mm):
Total for month  65.5
Wettest day      29.8 day 29
High rain rate   60.4 day 28
Rain days        9
Dry days         22
Wind (mph):
Highest Gust     20.6 day 02
Average Speed    2.4
Wind Run         1808.0 miles
Gale days        0
Pressure (mb):
Maximum          1027.4 day 16
Minimum          1001.5 day 02
Days with snow falling         0
Days with snow lying at 0900   0

 

 

 

 

April 2018: four seasons in one month

I normally headline these monthly reviews by referring to the most notable weather but this April, often a fairly non-descript mid-spring affair, offered pretty much every type of weather. bluebells

The mean temperature finished 11.7C, 1.9C above average and the warmest for four years.

Rainfall was 55mm, 129 per cent of average and the wettest for 6 years.

Sunshine was just 110 hours, the dullest for 40 years and the 16th dullest since 1881.

Hidden in the positive monthly anomaly was the warmest April day in a local record going back to 1959: 29.1C on the 19th – a figure that represents a positive anomaly of 15.5C and occurring at the start of the warmest April heatwave since 2011. It was remarkable that such an anomaly happened so close to a record negative anomaly the previous month.

Yet, just over a week later, temperatures lurched cold again with one of coldest last days of April on record. Though the 24hr record wasn’t broken the noon-6pm record going back 60 years was beaten.

The wettest day occurred on the 9th with 10mm falling.

Air frosts: 0, Ground frosts: 1

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18th warmest

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April 30th provided a timely reminder after the heatwave to ne’er cast a clout till May is out. A low pressure system in the North Sea brought a thoroughly miserable day though even more rain fell across the Channel.
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It was a month with some amazing sunsets. This one, on April 30th, happened just as the sky cleared before dusk

 

March 2018: cold, some snow and very dull

Though March is usually, meteorologically speaking, the first month of spring this year it felt more like an extension of winter.
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This graph shows that the two visits from the “Beast From The East” were only enough to momentarily dent the average.

The mean temperature for March 2018 finished 6.3C, that’s 1.4C below the 1981-2010 average, the coldest for five years but still nearly 3C warmer than the exceptional March of 2013.

Some 61.5mm of precipitation fell, that’s 151 per cent% of average and the wettest for 10 years, pipping the wet March of 2016 by just 1.2mm. The 38th= wettest March since 1797.

 

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The wet end to the month is shown on this graph.
Perhaps most notable in this region was the lack of sunshine. There was just 59.1hrs recorded, that’s just 54 per cent of the 1981-2010 average. The dullest March since 1984 and, more notably, the 5th dullest March back to 1881!
Though there were no notable night frosts, the coldest night fell to just -3.8C, the cold pattern was enough to create three new entries in the top 10 of coldest March days in Wanstead and further afield in the capital.
With 6 more days of ‘snow lying at 9am’ winter 2017-18, the snowfall season stretches from October to May, was boosted up to 20th place on my snow index.
Summary for March 2018
Temperature (°C):
Mean (1 minute)  6.1
Mean (min+max)   6.3
Mean Minimum     3.0
Mean Maximum     9.6
Minimum          -3.8 day 01
Maximum          15.3 day 27
Highest Minimum  8.0 day 15
Lowest Maximum   0.5 day 01
Air frosts       5
Rainfall (mm):
Total for month  61.5
Wettest day      9.0 day 30
High rain rate   12.1 day 12
Rain days        20
Dry days         11
Wind (mph):
Highest Gust     24.4 day 08
Average Speed    3.2
Wind Run         2411.5 miles
Gale days        0
Pressure (mb):
Maximum          1032.3 day 20
Minimum          983.3 day 11
Days with snow falling         4
Days with snow lying at 0900   6
Total hours of sunshine        59.1
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February 2018: cold, very sunny, snowy end

February 2018 saw the start of the first decent cold spell since 2013 with thick (by modern standards) snow cover, deep cold air and bitter winds.

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February 2018 is marked by the steady downhill temperature trend from the 18th.

It was the coldest February since 1991, the mean temperature of 2.8C was just over 2.5C below average. The month was ‘cold’ though it was the 19th onwards that really dragged the value down.

Precipitation was just below average; just over 34mm is 87% of average.

It was a sunny month, the sunniest February since 2012 and the 12 sunniest in a local record going back to 1881. Some 87.9 hours were recorded, 120% of average. Of that top 12, eight have occurred since 1988! A mix of changes in weather patterns, industry and council action?

Air frosts: 16. Ground frosts: 19. Snow falling: 6 days. Snow lying: 3 days (greatest depth 8cm 28th)

Full stats for February here: http://1drv.ms/1rSfT7Y

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The 28th dawned sunny with fresh snowfall after an hour long shower at 3am. Within hours more showers moved in.

December 2017: average temps, wet

December 2017 was a wet month. Just over 83mm of rain was recorded, 157 per cent of average, the wettest December since 2012 and the 38th wettest since 1797.

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The snow depth on December 10th reached 5cm at its maximum

The monthly mean finished 5.6C, precisely average and the coolest December for five years.

Some 48 hours of sunshine were recorded, 120 per cent of average, slightly less than last year.

The most notable event was the on December 10th which produced the best snowfall in 5 years

Air frosts: 10. Ground frosts: 14. Snow falling: 2. Snow lying: 1.

January (on the 3rd) is looking like it may produce more snowfall events similar to December though, with models suggesting a build in heights to the north. A look at the output, including GFS and ECM, suggests the UK will be in a battleground between a cold airmass to the east and warm Atlantic air to the west.

It would seem to back up my winter forecast and also the December analogues with nothing warmer than average.

Average: 33%
Rather cold: 17%
Cold: 17%
Very cold: 0%
Severe: 33%

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Full stats for December here:http://1drv.ms/1rSfT7Y

Summary for December 2017
Temperature (°C):
Mean (1 minute)  5.8
Mean (min+max)   5.5
Mean Minimum     2.8
Mean Maximum     8.3
Minimum          -3.7 day 11
Maximum          14.2 day 30
Highest Minimum  9.8 day 21
Lowest Maximum   2.4 day 10
Air frosts       10
Rainfall (mm):
Total for month  83.7
Wettest day      14.6 day 10
High rain rate   12.1 day 31
Rain days        21
Dry days         10
Wind (mph):
Highest Gust     25.1 day 30
Average Speed    3.5
Wind Run         2570.0 miles
Gale days        0
Pressure (mb):
Maximum          1036.4 day 22
Minimum          970.3 day 10
Days with snow falling         3
Days with snow lying at 0900   1
Total hours of sunshine        48.3 (120%)
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November 2017: below average, dry

November 2017 was another dry month. Just over 33mm of rain was recorded, the driest November since 2011 and the 40th driest since 1797.Screen Shot 2017-12-02 at 17.23.28

The monthly mean finished 7.1C, 1C below average and only the fourth cooler than average month this year.

Some 71 hours of sunshine were recorded, 122 per cent of average – the sunniest November since 2007.

Air frosts: 6, Ground frosts: 17, snow falling: 1 (just a few flakes on the 30th, the first November snow in years.)

The start of December looks like it start mainly dry, an anticyclone over the Atlantic that has brought respite from last week’s cold weather will pull away into the continent to be replaced by low pressure. This depression will track across northern England gradually pulling cold, Polar air across the UK on Thursday.

The models go against what has followed dry Novembers in the past – patterns overwhelmingly suggest that December will be average to rather mild and on the dry side. Winter is looking average overall.

Here follows the full weather diary for November…Full stats for the month here:http://1drv.ms/1rSfT7Y

Summary for November 2017
Temperature (°C):
Mean (1 minute)  7.4
Mean (min+max)   7.1
Mean Minimum     3.5
Mean Maximum     10.6
Minimum          -2.7 day 24
Maximum          15.5 day 22
Highest Minimum  12.3 day 21
Lowest Maximum   3.7 day 30
Air frosts       6
Rainfall (mm):
Total for month  33.3
Wettest day      8.5 day 10
High rain rate   12.1 day 22
Rain days        14
Dry days         16
Wind (mph):
Highest Gust     22.1 day 23
Average Speed    2.7
Wind Run         1952.8 miles
Gale days        0
Pressure (mb):
Maximum          1029.6 day 17
Minimum          985.2 day 22
Days with snow falling         1
Days with snow lying at 0900   0
Total hours of sunshine        71.2
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October 2017: warm, very dry and dull

October 2017 was a very dry month. Just 12.6mm of rain were recorded, the driest October since 1995 and the 11th driest since 1797.

The monthly mean finished 13.1C, 1.3C above average and the seventh warmer than average month this year.

Some 81 hours of sunshine were recorded, 76 per cent of average – the 4th duller than average month in a row. Just three months have been sunnier than normal in 2017!

Air frosts: 0, Ground frosts: 2

The first half of November looks like it will be predominantly anticyclonic. Expect lots of calm weather with the usual frost and fog.

Here follows the full weather diary for October…Full stats for the month here:http://1drv.ms/1rSfT7Y

Summary for October 2017
Temperature (°C):
Mean (1 minute)  13.2
Mean (min+max)   13.1
Mean Minimum     9.7
Mean Maximum     16.6
Minimum          0.9 day 29
Maximum          22.2 day 16
Highest Minimum  15.8 day 13
Lowest Maximum   11.3 day 30
Air frosts       0
Rainfall (mm):
Total for month  12.6
Wettest day      2.8 day 18
High rain rate   12.1 day 11
Rain days        8
Dry days         23
Wind (mph):
Highest Gust     23.5 day 02
Average Speed    3.4
Wind Run         2495.1 miles
Gale days        0
Pressure (mb):
Maximum          1034.0 day 27
Minimum          996.3 day 19
Days with snow falling         0
Days with snow lying at 0900   0
Total hours of sunshine        0.0