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 2019

Low pressure over S Ireland moved into SW England by midday on the 27th, and later across to the North Sea close to Lincolnshire. By dawn there was mist and fog across N England with overnight rain having fallen in many areas of the British Isles especially across England and Wales. During the day there was further rain across N Scotland, while the rain over England tended to move N'wards into N England by the evening. A few places in S England and around SW Scotland had some sunshine, but in most places it was another dull day. (St. James Park 12.7C, Drumalbin 6.5C maximum, Drumalbin 0.7C minimum, Charsfield 23.4 mm, Dundrennan 5.7 h.)

Low pressure over the North Sea led to widespread rain overnight across S Scotland into the 28th, N and E England before dawn, with other areas of rain across parts of N Scotland and SW England. During the day an area of frontal rain over N England slowly moved S'wards while some showers fell in other areas of Ireland, Wales and England. Much of Scotland was drier and it was generally a bright day in S Scotland. Temperatures were widely above 10C in S England during the afternoon, but it was a cooler day over N and Cent Scotland in the N'ly airflow. (Guernsey Airport and Swanage 12.4C, Balmoral 3.5C maximum, Kinbrace 1.1C minimum, Chillingham Barns 23.0 mm, Tiree 5.0 h.)

High pressure built from the NW during the 29th, with a weak centre at 1800 GMT of 1023 mb over Cent Scotland. Some outbreaks of rain across S areas of the British Isles slowly moved S'wards overnight and during the morning, with precipitation during the day mainly consisting of a few showers along the coasts in NE England, E Scotland and N Scotland. In N Scotland these fell as snow in places. Cornwall, the Channel Islands and the extreme S of Ireland had a mild night; N Ireland, S Scotland, NW England and parts of the Midlands had an air frost. SW Ireland, Cornwall and the Channel Island had daytime temperatures slight above normal elsewhere it was a cool day despite the long sunny spells in many areas from S Scotland S'wards. (Isles of Scilly 12.0C, Bala 0.7C maximum, Tyndrum -6.0C minimum, Fylingdales 7.6 mm, East Malling 7.5 h.)

A ridge of high pressure lying W-E across Cent areas of the British Isles on the 30th led to a foggy start to the day in places here, and also to a widespread air frost away from NE Scotland, S Wales, SW England and W areas of Ireland. Thse Cent areas were generally sunny during the day, except where the mist and fog was slow to clear. SW England, S Ireland and NE Scotland were cloudy with some rain caused by frontal cloud. Temperatures in SW England and S Ireland were slightly above normal during the day; elsewhere, away from S England and W Ireland, the day was quite cool in places. (Valentia 11.8C, Balmoral -3.3C maximum, Tyndrum -9.7C minimum, Isles of Scilly 11.6 mm, Morecambe 7.1 h.)

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Last updated 2 December 2019.

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