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, May 2022

A N'ly flow under high pressure persisted on the 29th; there was some rain and drizzle near N-facing coasts overnight while during the day there were light falls of rain and a few showers in many areas of the UK. There were further sporadic, mostly light, falls during the day across England and Wales although falls in S Wales and others across Scotland were heavy at times. A few showers were accompanied by thunder and lightning; three cows were killed in a lightning strike while sheltering under a tree, their owner said the farm, Gwerncaernyddion, lies between Dyffryn Ardudwy and Llanbedr. Ireland, W Wales and the Channel isles had the best of the sunshine with cloudy skies at times in most other areas. (Bude 18.0C, Lerwick 8.4C maximum, Sennybridge 1.2C minimum, Swyddffynnon 7.6 mm, Aberdaron 14.1 h.)

Overnight into the 30th there were scattered light falls of rain, with rather more rain across S Scotland due to a weak front associated with a low pressure system located E of Shetland at 0600 GMT. An overnight ground frost was widespread over East Anglia. Showers were widespread during the day across the British Isles and there were some thundery outbreaks in the afternoon in parts of Cent S England, the E Midlands and Lincolnshire. It was drier, and sunnier, in parts of W and N Scotland and the Channel Islands. (Cardiff Bute Park 17.7C, Brizlee Wood 9.1C maximum, Santon Downham -1.2C minimum, South Newington 11.2 mm, Jersey Airport 11.9 h.)

There was a slight ground frost in several areas of the British Isles into the 31st, although many areas saw spells of rain or showers during the night. Spells of rain and showers were widespread during the day across England, Wales, N Ireland and S Scotland, although much of S Ireland remained dry. There were also widespread thundery outbreaks across parts of Cent S and SE England, East Anglia and the Midlands during the afternoon while SW England, the Channel Islands and Shetland were generally sunny. (Merryfield 18.3C, Warcop 10.5C maximum, Craibstone No.2 0.5C minimum, Wiggonholt 20.0 mm, Jersey Airport 14.1 h.)

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Last updated 1 June 2022.

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