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 2017

Air frost was widespread over England, especially in the S and the Midlands on the 27th - with an unseasonably sharp frost in places. Away from the Channel Islands cloud and spells of light rain or drizzle moved SE'wards. It was generally cold, and locally very cold, but was milder and brighter for a time over parts of S Scotland and N England. This milder weather was followed by some heavy rain here later in the day. (Edinburgh Botanic Gardens 14.8C, Lake Vyrnwy 7.7C maximum, Sennybridge -5.6C minimum, Kinlochewe 16.6 mm, Guernsey Airport 10.6 h.)

The 28th was mostly cloudy with some light rain due to a slow-moving, and weakening front located along the spine of the UK. Another area of frontal rain affected W Ireland into the evening. (Wisley 15.6C, Inverbervie 8.0C maximum, Aboyne -2.7C minimum, Resallach 7.6 mm, Lerwick 11.4 h.)

Away from the Channel Islands and the extreme SE corner of England the 29th was a rather cloudy day - particularly across much of E Scotland and N England. Some light rain fell in W and NW areas - but it turned warm in the sunnier parts of SE England. (Gravesend 16.8C, Fair Isle 7.5C maximum, Drumnadrochit -1.5C minimum, Capel Curig 3.2 mm, Herstmonceux 10.5 h.)

Low pressure close to SW Ireland drew a warm flow from the SE across the British Isles on the 30th, leading to a warm day in many areas. However, fronts from the low pushed rain and drizzle into Ireland, Wales and SW England as the SE'ly flow strengthened in SW areas. It was chilly in the SW areas, and also near NE-facing coasts as the wind picked up. (Gravesend 18.4C, Fair Isle 8.0C maximum, Pateley Bridge Ravens Nest 3.5C minimum, Plymouth 23.6 mm, Leconfield 9.5 h.)

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Last updated 5 May 2017.