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, July 2019

On the 28th a persistent band of rain continued along a SE-NW, increasingly ESE-WNW, track across SW Scotland/N Ireland, NW England, parts of the north coast of Wales and parts of the Midlands; rain in East Anglian died out during the morning. Heavy showery outbreaks moved W over Scotland, while the best of the sunshine was to be found in Shetland (23.4C was reached at Baltasound), W and S Wales and in SW England leading to warm conditions in SW England. The recent rain had been persistent with heavy outbreaks and a consequence of this was flooding over parts of the Midlands and NW England. Roads and rail lines were closed in NW England. Motorists faced disruption as sections of the M60 motorway in Greater Manchester were temporarily shut following heavy rain. Trains between Manchester Victoria station and Southport were also delayed. Heavy rain also led to delays at the Senior Open at Royal Lytham and St Anne's Golf Club in Lancashire. The A77 was closed between Kilmarnock and Ayr in the evening due to flash flooding. (Hurn 24.7C, Altnahinch Filters 12.6C maximum, Scolton Country Park 8.8C minimum, Rochdale 91.0 mm, Lerwick 14.6 h.)

The 29th dawned after a warm and wet night across S Scotland and N England and it was also a warm night in E Scotland. During the day the best of the sunshine was to be found over S and Cent areas of England (away from the SW) and Wales. The overnight rain over N England, N Wales, N Ireland and S Scotland gradually died out during the day but an area of low pressure (located S of Scilly at 1800 GMT) spread rain across much of Ireland and SW parts of the UK by mid-evening. Temperatures rose above 25C in parts of the Midlands, East Anglia and the London area. Rush hour commuters faced delays as heavy rain continued to cause disruption to the road and rail network in NW England. Trains were cancelled between Manchester and nearby towns including Wigan and Stalybridge. The A555 Manchester Airport Relief Road remained closed. The Environment Agency had 12 flood warnings in place across the North West during the morning and said water levels would continue to rise. There were also flood warnings in Yorkshire and the Midlands. Several properties were flooded in Rochdale. (Heathrow and Wellesbourne 26.7C, Ballypatrick Forest 16.0C maximum, Libanus 7.3C minimum, Port Ellen 30.2 mm, Valley 12.7 h.)

An area of low pressure moved from SW England to N England during the 30th, with rain and showers affected most areas, and with some very heavy falls in the Midlands and N England. Thunderstorms (some with heavy hail) affected the N Midlands, N Wales and N England from late morning onwards, moving N'wards with later outbreaks in parts of E Ireland and SW Scotland, before dying out in the late evening. It was a warm night in parts of NE Scotland, and in much of E and S England with high temperatures in parts of N Scotland and NE England during the day. A bridge collapsed as flash flooding hit part of North Yorkshire after almost a month's rain fell in four hours. Roads remained shut and rail passengers faced disruption after a landslip between Carlisle and Skipton. Northern Rail said trains had been suspended between Ribblehead and Kirkby Stephen because of the landslip. Yorkshire was pounded by hailstones the size of "pickled onions" as a summer storm swept through and Malham Tarn in the Yorkshire Dales had 82 mm of rain in 24 hours, the majority in the space of four hours. The Brymor Ice Cream parlour, near Masham, was caught in a freak' hailstorm that left some customers with minor injuries as torrential rain caused water to come through the ceiling and left the town 'cut off'. The main road along Swaledale linking Richmond and villages including Reeth and Keld was washed away near Grinton. (Hull East Park 26.8C, Okehampton 15.0C maximum, Kielder Castle 7.4C minimum, Malham Tarn 82.2 mm, Dyce 10.4 h.)

An area of low pressure remained over, or close to, N England throughout the 31st. After a warm night across much of England, Wales and S Scotland, the day was fairly cloudy and showery over much of the British Isles, with further heavy downpours and thunderstorms over parts of S Scotland and N England. S areas and Ireland had only a few showers, while the best of the sunshine was across S England and S and Cent Scotland. Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service declared a major incident amid widespread problems in Poynton. Vehicles were left trapped in the town, and a nursery, several homes and a farm were also swamped. Floodwaters also caused disruption to the motorway network, resulting in the closure of the M60 between Stockport and Cheadle. Eleven people and four dogs have been rescued in Bramhall, Stockport from rising water, said Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service. Derbyshire Police said a number of properties had been flooded across the High Peak, in particular in and around Buxton, Whaley Bridge and New Mills. Rail services between Manchester and Chester via Altrincham were disrupted because of water on the track at Skelton junction near Timperley as well as lines between Stockport and Buxton, said Northern Rail. Workmen have had to pump 800,000 litres of water from the new £290m dual carriageway - the A555 in Stockport, Greater Manchester. It is the second time in a week the relief road linking the A6 at Hazel Grove and the M56 had been flooded. Flights at Manchester Airport were also disrupted. (Heathrow 24.9C, Pennerley 14.5C maximum, Dalwhinnie 9.1C minimum, High Mowthorpe 45.8 mm, Yeovilton 10.0 h.)


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Last updated 2 August 2019.

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