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, August 2020

Pressure slowly rose on the 28th as storm Francis and associated fronts moved away E'wards from the UK. Overnight there was some heavy rain across S Scotland, N England and N Wales with falls in many other areas. Further showers affected many areas of Ireland, Wales and England during the day, with falls also in E Scotland. These showers turned thundery across parts of S England, S Wales and East Anglia in the afternoon. It was cloudy in most areas with the best of the sunshine being in W areas of Ireland and Scotland. In many areas across the British Isles daytime temperatures failed to reach 17C. (Frittenden 21.0C, Fylingdales 11.6C maximum, Kinbrace 5.0C minimum, Scarborough 49.0 mm, Tiree 9.9 h.)

On the 29th much of eastern Britain was cold, grey and breezy with rain or drizzle, especially over E England from where it later extended further to the W and S after a bright start here. The cold conditions were, at least in part, due to the N'ly wind that prevailed. Most western regions had sunny spells. It was chilly nearly everywhere, and decidedly cold in some eastern districts where it was the locally the coldest August day in the last 100 years. (Gosport Fleetlands 18.9C, Balmoral 10.4C, maximum, Swyddffynnon 3.4C minimum, Tibenham Airfield 17.2 mm, St Athan 9.8 h.)

Pressure rose from the W during the day, with rising above 1020 mb in most places by late evening on the 30th. As a result, most places were dry during the day, after some overnight rain in parts of E Britain and East Anglia edged away E'wards. Most places were cool and rather cloudy with the best of the sunshine across Wales and S England. (Plymouth 19.5C, Fair Isle 12.5C maximum, Katesbridge -0.1C minimum, Monks Wood 4.6 mm, Bude 11.8 h.)

High pressure led to a generally dry day on the 31st, after a cool start across parts of N Scotland, SE Scotland and N England. The best of the sunshine was to be found around SW England and Wales, and also in the Northern Isles. However, many areas had a cloudy day and it was also rather cool. (Cardiff Bute Park 19.9C, Dalwhinnie 13.1C maximum, Altnaharra 0.2C minimum, Market Bosworth 0.6 mm, Lerwick 13.1 h.)


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Last updated 2 September 2020.

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