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, April 2016

The 27th was another day of sunny spells and showers in a N'ly airstream, some of them wintry. Air frost was widespread early in the day while mist patches formed widely in the evening over E parts of England. (Kew Gardens 12.5C, Loch Glascarnoch 4.8C maximum, Tulloch Bridge -3.7C minimum, Weybourne 10.0 mm, Glasgow 11.0 h.)

There was a widespread air frost on the 28th, with temperatures down to -5C in parts of N Scotland. Grass minimum temperatures dropped below -10C in places here. Sunshine gave way to cloud in many areas as a low pressure centre crossed S Scotland during the second half of the day. This led to outbreaks of rain, which spread from the W; there was some heavy rain and thunder in places - and snow, heavy in places, fell over the higher ground of N England, N Ireland and Scotland. In places, snow depths reached several centimetres over parts of the Pennines and S Scotland. (Exeter Airport 13.5C, Blencathra 2.9C maximum, Kinbrace -5.6C minimum, Tiree 25.4 mm, Kirkwall 12.2 h.)

Low pressure close to E Scotland on the 29th led to a resumption of the N'ly flow - with a ground frost in parts of Scotland and N England, N Wales and N Ireland. Showers, some of them wintry, affected most areas with longer spells of rain or snow over parts of E and S Scotland and NE England. Thunder was also reported in places, notably over London in the afternoon. In between the showers most areas had sunny spells. (Writtle 12.8C, Carterhouse 3.1C maximum, Altnaharra -4.5C minimum, Redesdale Camp 19.0 mm, Tiree 12.6 h.)

There was another widespread ground frost across the British Isles on the 30th with an air frost in many inland parts of the UK. Pressure rose from the SW and the winds turned to more of a W'ly direction during the day, leading to a slightly warmer day for many areas. Further showers fell during the day; again, some were heavy with hail or thunder in places. A few snow showers were also reported. (Gravesend 14.8C, Lake Vyrnwy 7.9C maximum, Dalwhinnie -3.8C minimum, Newport (Salop) 8.6 mm, Guernsey Airport 13.9 h.)

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Last updated 12 May 2016.