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, February 2017

A slight ground frost affected East Anglia and SE England into the 25th before it clouded over here ahead of bands of frontal rain that moved SE'wards across the British Isles during the day. The rain was heavy over high ground of S Scotland, N Wales and N England. N and Cent Scotland had some sunny spells during the day - elsewhere it was generally dull. Showers followed the rain, especially across N Scotland. (Craibstone 13.5C, Okehampton 7.6C maximum, Santon Downham -1.2C minimum, Capel Curig 60.6 mm, Dyce 4.7 h.)

A sequence of (mainly) cold fronts affected the British Isles on the 26th, leading to rain spreading across most areas from the W at some time overnight or during the day. Away from E and N Scotland most places had a mild night. The rain was followed by showers from the W and these turned thundery later over N Ireland and in W Scotland. Temperatures were mainly on the mild side despite a lack of sunshine in many areas. Passengers on a Ryanair flight from Madrid to Dublin were left terrified after the plane was caught in the 70mph winds of Storm Ewan. The Boeing 737 had to abort its landing due to the high winds and was diverted to Shannon, 135 miles away. However, the turbulence was so bad towards the end of the flight, some passengers were reportedly vomiting, with many left severely shaken by the experience. During the morning across Ireland there were reports of flooding as high winds and heavy rain from Storm Ewan battered the country. The storm brought winds of up to 60 mph when it reached landfall and there was flash flooding in Co Clare, Co Galway and in parts of the Irish Midlands. The main Ennis to Ennistymon N85 road was left impassable in several locations for a time, while there was severe flooding along many other parts of the route. Flooding also occurred at the N80 Portlaoise to Carlow road. (Gravesend 14.0C, Dalwhinnie 5.5C maximum, Aboyne -1.0C minimum, Tyndrum 33.8 mm, Shoeburyness 2.8 h.)

The 27th dawned with an air frost in parts of N Ireland and N Scotland and followed a wet night in the SE corner of England. A brisk flow around areas of low pressure to the W and N of the British Isles led to frequent lines of showers that included some heavy hail and isolated. As it turned colder in N Scotland during the day rain turned to snow over high ground. It was generally cloudy in E England, with sunny periods in W England and Wales, but with long spells of sunshine across many areas of E Scotland. (Monks Wood 10.8C, Dalwhinnie 1.7C maximum, Fyvie Castle -1.9C minimum, Wiggonholt 28.0mm, Dyce 9.1h.)

Ground frost was widespread across the British Isles into the 28th with an air frost being notably widespread across much pf inland Scotland and N and Cent Ireland. After a cold start the day remained cold here and in NE England, despite sunny conditions. Showers or rain, and in places snow, affected many areas overnight and throughout the day. Thundery showers were reported at several times of the in the Channel Islands. (Plymouth 10.4C, Leek 3.3C maximum, Dalwhinnie -8.6C minimum, Capel Curig 36.6 mm, Charterhall 8.3 h.)

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Last updated 2 March 2017.