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, September 2019

On the 28th persistent heavy rain (due to nearby centres of low pressure) led to localised flooding and difficult driving conditions in NE Scotland. Images posted on social media showed many flooded roads and water surging through the coastal village of Crovie. A bridge collapsed on an unclassified road between King Edward and Balchers. Another rain area moved across Northern Ireland and N England overnight, gradually narrowing as it drifted S'wards to give a wet day over Nh Wales and southern counties of N England. There were showery outbreaks further south overnight, but these faded during the day - before more rain moved NE'wards across Ireland, England and Wales during the afternoon and evening. A mudslide covered a railway track between Lancashire and Yorkshire after heavy rain; it was found at about 0645 GMT when a Lancaster to Leeds service encountered problems on the line near Bentham. It was warm in the extreme E of SE England and East Anglia these areas and S Scotland having the best of the sunshine. (Manston 20.9C, Craibstone 12.2C maximum, Strathallan 3.3C minimum, Scolton Country Park 34.0 mm, Charterhall 8.9 h.)

On the 29th the northern half of Scotland was showery. Central and southern districts had a wet night and morning, but it gradually turned more showery with a little sunshine in places. It was mostly rather cool and quite windy, but much of Cent and E England was fairly warm before the wind turned to the NW as a depression, (centre 989-990 mb) that have travelled from SW Ireland to Humberside, moved away E'wards. Scotland and E England had a rather dull day. Heavy rain caused cliff falls in East Sussex; coastguards warned people to keep clear of the crumbling cliffs at Birling Gap after the chalk gave way. In St Leonards, several beach huts standing on shingle by the sea wall were picked up by large storm waves and washed down the beach. Roads were flooded in Yorkshire by heavy rainfall and a number of events were cancelled because of the wet weather - including the Regatta London race on the River Thames. Organisers of the Cycling Road World Championship changed the course in Yorkshire amid safety concerns. Horsey Island on Braunton Burrows (Devon) broke its banks after the area reportedly recorded the highest tidal levels in its history. The previous record was set in September 2006 at 5.48m, with yesterday's tide coming in at 6.36 metres. As a result of the breach at Horsey Island, hundreds of small fish were left stranded on the neighbouring road with many believed to have died as a result. (Weybourne 20.8C, Pateley Bridge Ravens Nest 11.0C maximum, Tyndrum 4.1C minimum, Stonyhurst 51.8 mm, Aberdaron 4.2 h.)

The 30th was another fairly cloudy day. Northern regions had some showers, whilst rain moved NE'wards across most of England, Wales and Ireland during the afternoon and evening, reaching S Scotland during the evening as further showery weather moved E'wards further S. Heavy rain caused damage to parts of Aberdeenshire; seven bridges were swept away or badly damaged and the surfaces of roads were also washed away. The combination of very high tides and heavy rain brought flooding to Bristol - with the River Avon bursting its banks in the evening, and tributaries also flooding roads and homes. The River Avon flooded land all along the Avon Gorge and into the city centre. (Thorney Island 19.0C, Lerwick 8.9C maximum, Katesbridge 2.7C minimum, Capel Curig 34.6 mm, Lerwick 6.5 h.)

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Last updated 1 October 2019.

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