British Isles weather diary

British Isles weather diary

Recent temperature, rainfall and sunshine extremes over the British Isles (Note: figures in parentheses give an indication, from first reports, of the spread of daily max and min temperatures, min daytime temperatures (occasionally), rainfall and sunshine in the 24 hours ending 2100 GMT.)

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British Isles weather, November 2016

Air frost early on the 27th was generally confined to locations in, and bordering, Wales. Early mist and fog patches were widespread over much of England, Wales and Ireland. N Scotland and parts of W Wales had a day with sunny spells - elsewhere the day was rather cloudy due to frontal cloud - which only produced small amounts of precipitation. Pressure intensified again later in the day - MSL pressure reaching 1033 mb near Nairn by 2400 GMT. (Guernsey Airport 11.1C, Braemar 3.1C maximum, Braemar -3.6C minimum, Killowen 3.6 mm, Stornoway 5.8 h.)

Air frost early on the 28th was mostly confined to N and Cent Scotland (where it was sharp in places), although a ground frost occurred as far S as SW England. Prevailing high pressure led to a largely dry day although much of Ireland and Scotland remained rather dull. Any light rain that did fall tended to be confined to locations close to the North Sea. (Hull East Park 11.7C, Drumnadrochit 1.2C maximum, Aviemore -8.0C minimum, Wainfleet 1.0 mm, Jersey Airport 7.6 h.)

Pressure remained high on the 29th (MSL pressure 1036 mb over SE Ireland at 2400 GMT). N and E Scotland, SE Scotland and much of England and Wales away from the SW had a widespread air frost - with some mist and fog patches forming by dawn in parts of England. The day was a mostly dry one, except over N and NW Scotland where a S'ward-moving cold front gave widespread rain - and some snow. Away from N and W areas of Ireland and Scotland, most places had long sunny spells. The warmest areas tended to be over W parts of Ireland and Scotland - where the surface flow was W'ly; parts of England were rather cold in an E'ly airflow from the continent. (Valentia 10.4C, Libanus 1.8C maximum, South Newington -7.5C minimum, Resallach 7.4 mm, Jersey Airport 7.9 h.)

Ground frost was widespread across the British Isles on the 30th except over N and W Scotland, while S Ireland and much of England and Wales had a widespread air frost - with minimum temperatures below -7C in many places. Frontal rain affected the Shetlands overnight and during the day and across Scotland it was a mostly cloudy day - although the highest temperatures of 10C or more were recorded in many areas here and in N Ireland. It was cooler across S Ireland, Wales and England, despite prolonged sunshine, due to the cool flow of air from the E in these areas. (Killowen 11.9C, Llysdinam 3.1C maximum, Sennybridge -9.7C minimum, Lerwick 13.0 mm, Guernsey Airport 7.7 h.)

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Last updated 2 December 2016.