British Isles weather diary

January 2017
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(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.)

British Isles weather, January 2017

Rainfall moved SE'wards on the 1st overnight and during the day across Ireland, England and Wales; across Ireland it turned brighter with sunny spells during the day - but in England and wales a rather cloudy day ensued. There was some early air frost in parts of Scotland - these were followed by some outbreaks of rain and showers, especially in N and E areas of Scotland with some of the showers turning to snow. Some snow also fell over high ground in Cumbria and N Wales. (Swanage 11.3C, Carterhouse 2.2C maximum, Drumalbin -1.5C minimum, St Catherines Point 18.4 mm, Cork Airport 6.9 h.)

High pressure was centred to the W of the British Isles on the 2nd, MSL pressure being about 1034 mb in NW Ireland at 0000 GMT. The day began with a widespread ground frost and air frost in places, the latter especially over Scotland and Ireland. Cloudier conditions overnight in parts of N Scotland were accompanied by a few snow showers. During the day these showers turned to rain and drizzle and a few falls of rain were also to be found on N-facing coasts in other parts of the British Isles. Away from N Scotland it was a mostly sunny day and it was also cold in some areas. (Port Ellen 7.8C, Spadeadam -0.1C maximum, Shap -5.3C minimum, Resallach 11.8 mm, Camborne 7.4 h)

Air frost was widespread south of a line Dublin-Hull on the 3rd, with an early ground frost in N England and S Scotland. A N'ly flow drew fronts S'wards across Scotland during the day with falls of rain and drizzle here, and later in N Ireland, as a result. Away from S areas of Ireland and England it was a largely cloudy day, becoming windy in N Scotland later. (Drumnadrochit 10.4C, High Wycombe 3.3C maximum, Exeter Airport -6.8C minimum, Resallach 18.8 mm, Camborne 7.6 h.)

Fronts pushed SW'wards over S parts of the British Isles during the 4th, although resulting falls of rain tended to be rather slight in most places. Cloudy skies tended to suppress any air frost formation overnight - while during the day the best of the sunshine tended to be found in N and E areas of England. Across N Scotland there were a few snow showers overnight and during the day. (Usk No.2 10.5C, Dalwhinnie 2.0C maximum, Otterbourne Water Works -2.0C minimum, Lerwick 3.2 mm, Morecambe 6.1 h.)

Although pressure was generally high on the 5th (1035 mb over SE Wales at 1200 GMT) frontal cloud to the W of the British Isles later pushed E'wards across much of Scotland and Ireland. There was a widespread air frost, except across S Ireland and SW England, at first and most places then had a dry and sunny day ahead of the rain that spread into the W later. Widespread mist formed over S and Cent England in the evening, and a few snow showers fell over the Northern isles in the morning. W Ireland and some N parts of Scotland remained rather cloudy. (Isles of Scilly 11.0C, Strathallan 0.5C maximum, Tyndrum -8.2C minimum, Tiree 1.8 mm, Wellesbourne 7.1 h.)

Frontal cloud and rain spread generally E'wards during the 6th across all areas, with generally misty conditions being reported when the rain and drizzle ceased. Much of England and SE Scotland had an air frost ahead of the cloud and the rainfall was especially heavy across parts of Ireland; in Valentia 31mm of rain fell in the 12 hours ending 0600 GMT. Only the Channel Islands and a few locations in SE England reported in excess of one hour of bright sunshine, while in parts of E England it was a rather cool day. (Finner and Valentia 12.2C, Fylingdales 3.2C maximum, South Newington -6.7C minimum, Dundrennan 33.4 mm, Odiham 2.2 h.)

The 7th was a mainly cloudy and mild day in all areas, except for a few places in E Scotland where it stayed cold. Overnight rain was largely confined to England and Wales, and these conditions were followed by widespread mist and a few fog patches during the day here. Further mist and fog formed in parts of Ireland and Scotland later while air pressure remained generally high during the day. (Exeter Airport 12.1C, Balmoral 1.7C maximum, Kinbrace -3.5C minimum, Bude 11.4 mm, Eskdalemuir 3.0 h.)

A warm sector developed across the British Isles on the 8th leading to a rather mild and cloudy day in most areas. Parts of E Scotland and NE England had a slight air frost at first, while mist and fog was widespread by dawn across England, Wales and Ireland. At Topcliffe the fog and cold led to a few snow grains falling. These conditions persisted for much of the day across England as light rain spread across most areas from the W. Few places, away from the E coast of NE England and E Scotland, had any sunshine during the day although temperatures widely reached 11C. (Swanage 12.9C, Fyvie Castle 6.2C maximum, Aboyne -1.9C minimum, Lusa 9.2 mm, Morpeth Cockle Park 4.7 h.)

A low pressure system moved from W of Scotland to the N of Scotland during the 9th bringing spells of frontal rain to all areas. The day dawned with mist and fog across many parts of England, after a generally mild night in all areas. As the rain cleared towards the E showers, some of them wintry in N Scotland, followed - and there were rather windy conditions at times during the day in W and N parts of the British Isles. The best of the sunshine was to be found across Scotland and Ireland, where the showery conditions prevailed. (Isles of Scilly 11.0C, Killylane 3.8C maximum, Drumnadrochit 2.3C minimum, Achnagart 46.4 mm, Kinloss and Dublin Airport 4.9 h.)

The 10th was a showery day in many W areas, ahead of a low pressure system that lay (centre 971 mb) just to the NW of Scotland by 2400 GMT. The rain was particularly widespread across Scotland and N Ireland overnight, with lesser falls elsewhere during the night and also across Scotland during the day. Away from E parts of England and Scotland it was a rather dull day, while some heavier rain fell in parts of Scotland in the evening. (Isles of Scilly 11.6C, Spadeadam 6.4C maximum, South Newington 0.9C minimum, Cluanie Inn 19.6 mm, Manston 4.5 h.)

The 11th was a blustery day, especially across Scotland where gust reached 65-75 mph in places. Cold fronts rapidly crossed the British Isles during the morning introducing showery air to all area, with the showers being most widespread across Scotland where they fell as snow in places. Some snow also fell over high ground in Cumbria. (Shoreham 12.3C, Dalwhinnie 2.2C maximum, Dalwhinnie 1.1C minimum, Altnaharra 26.4 mm, Charterhall 5.5 h.)

A deepening area of low pressure moved E'wards along the English Channel during the 12th. There was an air frost across parts of Scotland although many places here had some overnight rainfall. Rain spread across most of Wales, S England and the Midlands, moving away to the E; it turned to snow for an hour or two in many places, leading to a few centimetres of lying snow in places. The snow led to some school closures in parts of Wales. It was a cloudy day across England, Wales and S Ireland but brighter with some sunshine further N. This latter area had some snow and hail showers as a N'ly flow developed - along with some isolated thunder. It also turned windy in N areas. According to Bob Prichard, the marginal nature of the snow in the southeast (with respect to altitude and proximity to central London) in the evening is illustrated by the following: Putney 'sleety rain', Claygate 75min of heavy snow (3 cm on ground, then thawing to 1cm quite quickly); Banstead still a few centimetres of snow on ground midday 13th. (St Helier 9.4C, Dalwhinnie -0.5C maximum, Aviemore -1.9C minimum, St Catherines Point 31.6 mm, Dyce 5.7 h.)

A N'ly flow on the 13th led to a cold and blustery day after a widespread air frost across the UK. Snow showers fell in many areas, especially across Scotland and in coastal areas - but also as far inland as the Midlands. It tended to be cloudier near to the W- and E-facing coastlines but most places had sunny spells in between the showers. Warnings of a storm surge and subsequent flooding as a result of a high tide and the N'ly flow led to some evacuations along the E coast of England - but most areas avoided any flooding , with the Environment Agency saying a change in wind direction helped avert flooding. (Isles of Scilly 7.7C, Dalwhinnie -0.2C maximum, Drumalbin -4.5C minimum, Kinlochewe 30.0 mm, Morecambe 5.6 h.)

There was a widespread air frost on the 14th except close to W coast areas of the UK and in S and Cent Ireland. Showers, some of them wintry, fell overnight in Ireland and over W parts of the UK with the most of the snow falling over Scotland. During the day snow largely turned to rain with a band of rain moving SE'wards W Scotland. Further rain, with snow over the hills, moved SE'wards across Scotland and into N parts of England and Wales in the afternoon and evening. It was a sunny day in many parts of E Scotland and E England. (Isles of Scilly 9.7C, Loch Glascarnoch 0.5C maximum, Drumnadrochit -6.0C minimum, Altnahinch Filters 24.0 mm, Leconfield 7.1 h.)

The Shetland Islands had some snow showers overnight into the 15th with some rain or drizzle affecting mnay other parts of the British Isles before dawn. A warm front spread more rain E'wards during the day - with rainfall totals during the day being largest over Cent and E England and in parts of Scotland. As the rain cleared from the W here it turned foggy over E and Cent areas of England. (Cardiff Bute Park 11.9C, Weybourne 3.0C maximum, Santon Downham -3.5C minimum, Loch Glascarnoch 55.2 mm, Boulmer 1.0 h.)

Fronts continued to spread cloud and rain from the W across England overnight into the 16th, before becoming slow-moving over E England later in the day. East Anglia, ahead of the rain, consequently had a cold day while to the W of the rain temperature widely rose to 10C. The frontal rain and drizzle weakened in intensity as the day developed - but it remained rather misty in many N and E areas of England for much of the day. Except in a few parts of E Scotland it was a largely dull day. (Achnagart 11.7C, Wych Cross 3.3C maximum, Manston 0.0C minimum, Winchcombe Sudeley Castle 11.6 mm, Leuchars 3.5 h.)

There was widespread mist and fog across England Wales and Cent Ireland into the 17th - with a slight air frost in places to the S and SE of London. A rather cloudy day followed, except in parts of SE England and the S part of East Anglia - as a weak front moved slowly W'wards across Cent England into Wales and SW England. It was mild to the W of the front which gave falls of light rain and drizzle; further rain also fell in parts of W Scotland and E Ireland. (Aboyne 13.2C, Langdon Bay 1.5C maximum, Santon Downham -2.2C minimum, Machrihanish 5.2 mm, Jersey Airport 7.5 h.)

Despite prevailing high pressure on the 18th a slow-moving front led to rain and drizzle in places W of a line Hull-Bristol during the day. Earlier, there was a sharp air frost in parts of East Anglia and SE England. Mist and fog patches were widespread across England and Wales at dawn - and these persisted all day in places, reforming in Cent parts of England in the evening. Parts of NE Scotland and much of S England had a sunny day - elsewhere it was rather dull. (Tain Range 11.9C, Wych Cross 2.0C maximum, Frittenden -7.1C minimum, Lusa 5.0 mm, Jersey Airport and Guernsey Airport 7.9 h.)

After an air frost across much of SE and Cent S England, the 19th was a mostly dry day. Mist and fog was widespread over Cent England at dawn and this then persisted throughout the day, giving a little drizzle in places. S England, W Ireland and E Scotland had a sunny day - elsewhere it was a dull day, especially where the mist and fog lingered. It was a mild day across Scotland and Ireland in a W'ly flow, colder elsewhere under the high pressure area. (Valentia 11.6C, Wych Cross 4.2C maximum, South Farnborough -6.2C minimum, Harris Quidnish 2.6 mm, Camborne 8.3 h.)

Mist and fog over Cent and E England cleared during the morning of the 20th but remained all day in parts of N England, Ireland and E Scotland. Parts of E Scotland, and much of S and Cent England had an air frost before dawn. It remained largely dry under the area of high pressure during the day, with long spells of sunshine across Wales, S and Cent England and S Ireland - and also over much of mainland N Scotland. Some drizzle fell in places over N England, N Ireland and S Scotland. (Valley 10.0C, Balmoral 1.6C maximum, South Farnborough -7.2C minimum, Lough Fea 0.8 mm, Aberporth 8.0 h.)

Many inland areas had an air frost on the 21st, with minimum temperatures below -6C in parts of Cent S England. Many E areas of the K had a misty start to the day before cloud and some light drizzle spread from Norfolk across N areas of England and Wales. Some rain fell in the evening over Scilly but, away from the rain and drizzle, most places had long sells of sunshine - although a few places in E Scotland remained rather foggy for much of the day. (Bridgefoot 9.1C, Altnaharra -0.6C maximum, South Farnborough -8.1C minimum, Isles of Scilly 1.2 mm, Valley 7.6 h.)

Ground frost was widespread into the 22nd with air frost being recorded over much of England and Wales (apart from the extreme N and SW) and in N Ireland and many Cent areas of Scotland. In S Scotland S'wards mist and fog patches were widespread by dawn - and these led to snow grains falling in places in the cold air. During the day there was some light rain and snow over parts of Wales, the Midlands and N England. However, amounts of precipitation were small and parts of Ireland and Cent S and SE England had long spells of sunshine. Mist and fog, freezing in places, formed widely in the evening except over N Scotland. (Isles of Scilly 10.8C, Fylingdales 0.0C maximum, South Farnborough -8.0C minimum, Culdrose 4.6 mm, Jersey Airport 7.9 h.)

Freezing mist and fog was widespread by dawn in most places S of Cent Scotland on the 23rd. The fog persisted all day in places with remaining areas staying rather misty. Later in the day a little rain spread into W Ireland and some light rain also fell in parts of N England and the NE Midlands. It was a mostly cloudy day but some places close to the Irish Sea had long sunny spells. Mist and fog thickened widely in the evening. Flights were cancelled at London airports because of early freezing fog covering much of southern England. About 100 flights were affected at Heathrow; London City cancelled 88 flights and Gatwick cancelled nine flights. A total of 39 flights were cancelled at Southampton airport. The cold weather has also meant parts of the UK were suffering from high levels of air pollution. Dorset Police reported 31 weather-related collisions on Monday morning - six times more than would occur at that time on an average weekday. (Isles of Scilly 11.1C, Herstmonceux 0.9C maximum, Katesbridge -7.1C minimum, Fair Isle 1.4 mm, Bude 7.9 h.)

Many areas again had a mist or fog at dawn on the 24th with much of England and E Scotland having an air frost. Rain spread across Ireland overnight and affected some W areas of the UK later. The fog persisted all day in parts of North Yorkshire, the SW Midlands and Cent S England. 13 mm of rain fell at Valentia in the 12 hours ending 0600 GMT and as the cloud and rain spread E it turned warm (10C and above) in Ireland and W parts of the UK. Where the fog cleared it was a sunny day in E England. About 100 flights were been cancelled at London's Heathrow Airport for a second day because of fog. Drivers were urged to take care on the roads and ferries running to and from the Isle of Wight between Lymington and Yarmouth have been suspended until mid-morning on Tuesday due to dense fog, Wightlink Ferries said. (Achnagart 12.0C, Hurn 2.5C maximum, Shobdon -5.3C minimum, Tyndrum 8.6 mm, Guernsey Airport and Wattisham 7.5 h.)

The 25th was a mild day across Scotland and Ireland, but cooler elsewhere. The Midlands, East Anglia, Cent S and SE England had an early air frost with mist and fog overnight; elsewhere there were a few scattered spots of mainly light rain. The fog persisted into the afternoon in places, especially in parts of East Anglia and the N Midlands. Frontal rain reached W Ireland later in the day with Valentia recording 19 mm of rain in the 24 hours ending 1800 GMT. It was a sunny day across Wales, N England and SE Scotland but rather cloudy elsewhere. In a few places the freezing fog led to falls of snow or snow grains. (Altnaharra 13.3C, Langdon Bay 1.1C maximum, Exeter Airport -5.5C minimum, Eskdalemuir 4.8 mm, Aberporth 7.9 h.)

There was rain in W Ireland overnight into the 26th (14 mm at Valentia in the 12 hours ending 0600 GMT) but this made little progress E during the day. Elsewhere the day was mainly dry - SE Scotland much of E and Cent England, and E Wales, had an air frost with temperatures in many parts of England then failing to reach 0C by 1800 GMT in rather misty conditions; elsewhere in England and Wales it was also a cold day, away from the extreme W areas. Cloudy skies led to a few flurries of light snow - but it was a mild day in NW Scotland. (Aultbea 13.4C, Leek -2.2C maximum, Redesdale Camp -4.9C minimum, South Uist 0.4 mm, Valley 7.7 h.)

Mist and fog patches were quite widespread across the UK by dawn on the 27th and except in some N and Sw areas there was a widespread moderate to severe frost overnight. Milder air moved N'wards during the day, but temperatures remained below 0C in some parts of E Scotland and N England. Rain spread across Ireland and into W areas of the UK and the best of the sunshine tended to be found in Cent and S Scotland. In the evening rain and drizzle moved across much of Englabd ad Wales - with sleet or snow over higher ground. (Kinlochewe 11.4C, Strathallan -0.7C maximum, Braemar -7.3C minimum, Isles of Scilly 21.6 mm, Aviemore 5.7 h.)

There was little air frost on the 28th and most areas had a spell of rain during the day (except in parts of East Anglia and SE England. Rain, with snow in places, continued over much of Scotland through the day - clearing slowly from the SW later - whilst N Ireland, Wales and England had a mix of sunshine and showers; there was also some thunder in places in the London area in the afternoon. (Northolt 11.1C, Balmoral 1.3C maximum, Spadeadam -2.2C minimum, Porthmadog 19.6 mm, Yeovilton 6.2 h.)

Rain pushed N'wards across Scotland during the 29th. Further S there was aa little air frost in places and a few patches of mist or fog. Scotland and N Ireland then had a bright or sunny day but elsewhere it turned cloudy as frontal rain moved N'wards - with some heavy falls in places later over Wales and S England. (Exeter Airport 12.0C, Balmoral 2.8C maximum, Katesbridge -5.3C minimum, Swanage 22.8 mm, Kinloss 7.5 h.)

Overnight into the 30th there was a severe air frost in parts of Scotland and N England, followed by a bright day. Further S fronts led to a cloudier night with rain, drizzle, mist and fog by dawn. In SW and Cent S England rain was more prolonged, but generally light, with much of the S half of England having a misty day. Rain spread E'wards over Scotland later in the day with falls also in N Ireland and N England. (Bude 12.4C, Strathallan 2.0C maximum, Braemar -10.1C minimum, Hurn 6.0 mm, Kinloss 6.2 h.)

The 31st was a rather cloudy or dull day, generally. Overnight, mist with rain or drizzle was prevalent across much of England and Wales - with outbreaks of rain also across Scotland and Ireland. Mist and fog particularly affected the hillier areas of England and Wales, along with some exposed coastal areas in the S'ly flow. Drier weather moved across from Ireland into W and N Scotland. A narrow warm sector led to a mild day in the W and N, while it remained cold in the E and NE. (Trawscoed 12.9C, Fylingdales 4.0C maximum, Lentran 0.5C minimum, Gt Cumbrae Millport 31.2 mm, Magilligan 2.2 h.)

British Isles weather, February 2017

There was some ground overnight into the 1st across Ireland and a slight air frost in parts of N and Cent Scotland while fronts gave widespread rain across most of Wales and England overnight. Fog was widespread around dawn in N Ireland and in parts of E Scotland. The day was generally mild and cloudy with misty conditions persisting close to the North Sea under the influence of weak fronts. There was further, mainly light, rain and drizzle in parts of Wales and England during the day - while more general rain spread into S Ireland and SW England later in the day as a deep low headed towards Ireland. Valentia reported MSL pressure close to 978 mb at 2400 GMT. (Chivenor 12.6C, Inverbervie 6.6C maximum, Altnaharra -4.5C minimum, Fylingdales 18.8 mm, Kinloss 4.1 h.)

A deep area of low pressure tracked N'wards to the W of Ireland during the 2nd, pushing a series of fronts E'wards across the British Isles during the day. Overnight there was a slight ground frost in E Scotland and outbreaks of rain in Ireland, W Scotland, Wales and England. There was further rain in these areas during the day, although E Britain remained largely dry. The day was a blustery one, with very little sunshine. (Gogerddan 14.0C, Inverbervie 8.2C maximum, Cassley 2.8C minimum, Whitechurch 24.6 mm, Manston 2.3 h.)

Areas of low pressure lay close to W Ireland and, later to S England, on the 3rd. Rain and showers affected the W half of the British Isles overnight and during the day fell across Wales and W parts of the UK. An area of more general rain later moved NE across much of S England and later Cent and N areas of England. As a result sunshine was mainly confined to Scotland and E areas of England. Clearer weather moved into S England during the evening. (St James Park 11.8C, Lough Fea 5.1C maximum, Lake Vyrnwy 3.1C minimum, Scolton Country Park 33.8 mm, Boulmer 6.9 h.)

There was a widespread ground frost into the 4th across Ireland, Wales and in S and Cent areas of England with places close E Wales having a slight air frost. Rain in N England moved N'wards into Scotland. Later in the day rain spread NE across S England. The rain across Scotland was accompanied by snow over high ground. (Plymouth 10.2C, Dalwhinnie 2.5C maximum, Shawbury -2.8C minimum, Achnagart 36.6 mm, Leconfield 8.0 h.)

Low pressure, centred close to S England on the 5th gave a wet day over the Channel Islands; 41 mm fell at Jersey Airport in the 12 hours ending 1800 GMT. Ground frost was widespread overnight with an air frost in many places, especially across Ireland. After overnight rain in some W and S areas of the UK, much of England and N Ireland dawned with mist and fog patches. Further rain fell during the day across Scotland while Ireland and Wales had a sunny day. Temperatures were below normal in many areas, while the mist lingered throughout the day in many parts of England. (Isles of Scilly 9.9C, Killylane 2.0C maximum, Katesbridge -5.6C minimum, Tiree 14.6 mm, Magilligan 5.9 h.)

High pressure overnight into the 6th resulted in a widespread air frost across the UK and the N half of Ireland. Mist and fog was again widespread across many parts of England and E Scotland by dawn, but frontal rain spread into SW Ireland by dawn with 10 mm falling in some place in the 12 hours ending 0600 GMT. The fog was slow to clear from parts of NE and E England; elsewhere frontal cloud and rain spread from the SW, with falls of snow over some high ground in N Britain. It turned windy in NW Scotland with gusts of over 70 mph in some exposed parts - across Ireland and SW England the temperatures rose as the rain arrived. Most places, except those in E Scotland and E England, had a dull day. (Shannon Airport and Valentia 13.3C, Pennerley 2.9C maximum, Topcliffe -6.2C minimum, Threave 16.0 mm, Kinloss 5.3 h.)

Fronts led to a rather cloudy day on the 7th across much of Scotland, N and E England. Rain and drizzle was widespread overnight with further falls, especially across Scotland where snow also fell in places, during the day. Mist and fog had formed by dawn in parts of England and this was to linger all day in some E areas. It was a cold day in E Scotland, but quite mild in parts of the Midlands and Cent S England. (Pershore College 12.6C, Dalwhinnie 1.9C maximum, Dalwhinnie 0.0C minimum, Craibstone 38.0 mm, Brize Norton 6.4 h.)

Winds blew from the E in E areas of the UK on the 8th, but were more S'ly in W Ireland. The dawned with some fog patches after overnight patchy rain and drizzle across England and E Scotland, while air frost was widespread over Ireland and in W Scotland. The day was generally cool with some light rain or drizzle in places in much of England and E Scotland; further W there were sunny spells. It was generally warmest in these W areas. (Milford Haven 11.1C, Fylingdales 1.9C maximum, Katesbridge -5.3C minimum, Craibstone 11.8 mm, Bude 8.1 h.)

An E'ly flow gradually became established across most areas of the British Isles on the 9th as MSL pressure rose to 1036 mb over Shetland by 2400 GMT. Way from SW Cornwall and the extreme W of Ireland a cold day was the result. Near E and NE coasts there were some slight falls of rain or drizzle, with light snow in places. It was a cloudy day in most places, although there were sunny spells in W Scotland and in parts of W Wales. (Valentia 9.8C, Lake Vyrnwy -0.4C maximum, Shap -3.7C minimum, Morpeth Cockle Park 3.2 mm, Bude 8.3 h.)

The E'ly flow persisted during the 10th. The day was mostly cloudy and very cold with outbreaks of mostly light drizzle or snow in many areas, after a slight air frost in some places. There were some brighter intervals, and it was quite sunny over N Scotland and in areas of NE Wales. In some parts of England temperatures failed to reach 2C. (Valentia 8.7C, High Wycombe 0.2C maximum, Altnaharra -5.2C minimum, Fair Isle 6.0 mm, Kinloss 6.5 h.)

Early ground frost was widespread on the 11th, and sharp over NW Scotland, while many inland areas also had an air frost - slight in most places by quite sharp in N Scotland. Light rain, drizzle and snow blew into many areas of the UK from the E during the day, after overnight falls in E areas; light snow fell as far W as E Ireland. Some heavy rain with snow on high ground, fell over NE England and SE Scotland. In many parts of England temperatures failed to reach 3C. (Belmullet 7.7C, Okehampton -0.1C maximum, Altnaharra -9.8C minimum, Fylingdales 25.2 mm, Tiree 7.8 h.)

High pressure centred to the W of Scotland gradually retreated E on the 12th allowing Scotland to come under the same E'ly flow affecting more S'ly areas. The day was mostly dull and cold with only N and W Scotland seeing much sunshine. A weak front pushed areas of rain, and some snow, NW'wards during the day with more of a (slightly milder) SE'ly flow then following across SE areas of the UK. (Lerwick 6.9C, Pennerley 0.5C maximum, Altnaharra -8.9C minimum, Fylingdales 9.8 mm, Lerwick 7.9 h.)

The 13th dawned with widespread mist and haze across England and Wales following a night with slight outbreaks of rain and wintry weather along NW'ward-moving fronts. As these weakened most places, away from E and NE Scotland, had a day with sunny spells although the reduced visibility across England and Wales, and later E Scotland, was rather persistent. (Chivenor 13.4C, Balmoral 3.0C maximum, Drumnadrochit -0.9C minimum, Carterhouse 4.4 mm, Morecambe 8.6 h.)

A SE surface flow turned to a milder S'ly direction on the 14th as fronts pushed N'wards from SW parts of Ireland and the UK during the day. After a cold night (although with an air frost in only a few places) rain and drizzle became widespread by dawn across S Ireland and Cornwall. This precipitation spread NE during the day but falls were mainly slight - indeed, much of Scotland and many parts of E England had a sunny day. By the evening it had turned milder in SW England and S Ireland - while the extreme W of Scotland had a warm day in the sunshine here. By late evening fog was widespread in S Wales and SW England. (Lusa 14.0C, Lake Vyrnwy 3.8C maximum, Drumnadrochit -4.5C minimum, Plymouth 9.2 mm, Kinloss 8.1 h.)

Low pressure to the W of the British Isles and several fronts led to a rather dull day on the 15th, although places from NW to SE Scotland had some sunny spells. Parts of NE Scotland had a slight air frost at first although in S parts of Ireland, Wales and England overnight minimum temperatures were around 6-8C. Away from N Scotland mist and fog were a problem by dawn while overnight rain was largely confined to SW parts of England and Ireland. During the day the rain became more widespread across Ireland, Wales and England - with some snow on the Pennines and N Wales. By midnight patchy rain had also affected many parts of Scotland, except for the NE. (Donna Nook 13.9C, Dalwhinnie 7.2C maximum, Loch Glascarnoch -2.7C minimum, Scampton 14.2 mm, Dyce 7.1 h.)

Rain fell overnight into the 16th across Scotland and parts of Ireland, while mist and fog was widespread around dawn over S England. Frontal rain affected much of Scotland, Ireland and other W areas of the UK during the day - with falls later in some Cent and S areas of England. It was rather cloudy across Ireland and in many W areas of the UK - although there were long sunny spells in some W and SE areas of England. Mist reformed in SW England in the evening and it also turned foggy in the Channel Islands. (Plymouth 13.1C, Spadeadam 6.9C maximum, Exeter Airport -1.2C minimum, Achnagart 30.8 mm, Bude 6.7 h.)

NE'ward-moving fronts during the 17th gave a rather dull day over Ireland and in neighbouring areas of the UK - but there were bright spells elsewhere. E and Cent Scotland began the day with an air frost but during the day temperatures rose to 10-12C in most areas of the British Isles. There was some rainfall in areas close to the N end of the Irish Sea overnight while mist and fog was widespread in many areas of the UK by dawn. These soon cleared and many places in England and Wales had some light rain or drizzle at times during the day; SW Ireland had some heavy rain later in the day with 12 mm falling at Cork Airport during 0600-1800 GMT. (St James Park 13.8C, Eskdalemuir 6.7C maximum, Braemar -3.0C minimum, Warcop 5.0 mm, Dyce 7.8 h.)

Fronts again gave spells of light rain and drizzle to many areas on the 18th with falls mainly across Ireland and W Scotland overnight, and then over much of Scotland during the day. Mist and fog was widespread by dawn across much of England and E Ireland; this was thick on places and many places remained misty throughout the day - with thick fog reforming in the evening in parts of S England. It was, however, quite a sunny in S England and the Channel Islands. (Hawarden 15.1C, Langdon Bay 7.2C maximum, South Newington 0.7C minimum, Achnagart 22.8 mm, Jersey Airport 9.2 h.)

Fronts moved E'wards in a W'ly flow across most parts of the British Isles on the 19th. The day dawned after a mild night in many areas although there was some air frost and patchy fog in S England. There was some rain overnight across Scotland and Wales while Cent and S England were rather misty overnight. Rainfall amounts during the day were generally slight with the heaviest falls over W-facing coastal areas - particularly in Wales and Ireland. Places along the E coast of England and Scotland saw sunny periods; elsewhere, the day was dull. (Fyvie Castle 13.9C, Spadeadam 8.2C maximum, Shoreham -2.1C minimum, Cluanie Inn 8.8 mm, Boulmer 7.8 h.)

Following a warm night (minimum temperatures widely 8-10C overnight) the 20th was a mild day, being unusually mild in parts of England for the time of year. This was the result of a warm sector across S areas in particular. Rain was widespread overnight and during the day across many parts of Scotland - an area of rain then pushed SE'wards across places to the S as a cold front moved towards S areas. Most places had sunny periods during the day, but it was quite a sunny day in some SE areas of Scotland. However, there was thick fog all day over the Channel Islands. (Northolt 18.3C, Lerwick 8.0C maximum, Fylingdales 6.8C minimum, Cassley 29.2 mm, Leuchars 7.5 h.)

The 21st dawned with mild air across S parts of the British Isles and just a slight ground frost in places further N. Spells of rain and drizzle largely affected N and Cent Ireland, W Scotland and W areas of the British Isles. Away from parts of E England it was a dull day - following a rather misty start across Ireland and SW England. (Hereford 14.7C, Fair Isle 7.7C maximum, Katesbridge 0.1C minimum, Cassley 43.2 mm, Leconfield 4.1 h.)

Away from N and Cent Scotland the 22nd dawned after a mild night, with overnight minimum temperatures of 10-11C across S Ireland and S and Cent parts of Wales and England. Cold fronts pushed slowly S'wards during the day before slowing their progress over S England as a wave depression formed close to SW Ireland. Rain was widespread overnight across Scotland, Ireland and N England; amounts lessened during the day across Scotland with the heaviest rain across Ireland and Cent parts of England and Wales during the day. Lesser amounts of rain and drizzle affected other areas of England during the day. Thundery showers with hail affected parts of N Scotland during the morning although there were sunny periods here, and in NE England, during the day; elsewhere the day was generally dull. (St James Park 14.8C, Dalwhinnie 4.7C maximum, Loch Glascarnoch 1.3C minimum, Capel Curig 34.2 mm, Dyce 8.4 h.)

An area of low pressure crossed N Ireland and N England during the morning of the 23rd (MSL pressure centred at 976 mb off the N Yorkshire coast at 1200 GMT). This system, storm Doris, underwent explosive cyclogenesis during its life cycle. Reported gusts due to the storm included Capel Curig 94 mph, High Bradfield 87 mph and Lake Vyrnwy 83 mph; many other places close to the low pressure track reported gusts of 50-80 mph. The storm was blamed for the deaths of two people and the strong winds led to flight cancellations and road and rail disruption across much of the UK. Thousands of homes were left without power; about 23,000 homes and businesses were without electricity in Northern Ireland after trees fell on overhead lines. Energy company SSE said about 700 customers had experienced power cuts in Scotland, mainly in rural Perthshire, Kinross, Dunblane and Milnathort, as a result of heavy snow damaging its overhead network. Highways England closed the Dartford Crossing linking Kent and Essex, the Orwell Bridge on the A14 in Suffolk and the M48 Severn Bridge; the M80 later reopened after earlier closures in both directions due to snow. Aer Lingus cancelled 19 of its 111 flights between the UK and the Republic of Ireland and gale-force winds led to the cancellation of ferries and flights between the Isle of Man and the UK. Speed limits of 50mph were imposed on several train lines affecting Arrival Trains Wales, Chiltern Railways, East Midlands Trains, Grand Central, Great Northern, South West, and Southeastern services. Storm Doris also halted filming on the set of ITV soap Coronation Street, with a spokeswoman saying the weather had made outdoor filming "impossible" and it would have to be rescheduled. However, the Environment Agency said it had not issued any flood warnings for the UK. As the storm passed it led to a developing flow from the NW in the evening. Rain moved NE across much of the British Isles overnight, followed by showers from the W. Over N England and S and E areas of Scotland the rain took longer to clear - and turned to snow over higher ground. Showers followed in the NW'ly flow with snow in places. To the N of the low there was an air frost in N and Cent Scotland while minimum temperatures overnight were close to 10C across many parts of S and Cent England; however maximum temperatures in these latter areas were similar to the overnight minima. The best of the sunshine was to be found across S Ireland and the Channel Islands. (Frittenden 13.2C, Salsburgh 1.3C maximum, Loch Glascarnoch -1.3C minimum, Capel Curig 46.4 mm, Guernsey Airport 7.2 h.)

There was an air frost across NE Scotland on the 24th with a widespread ground frost elsewhere. After a few showers overnight, precipitation in a blustery SW'ly airflow tended to be confined to Scotland and N Ireland - although falls later affected Wales and N and W areas of England. Across Scotland the rain was preceded by snow in places. Away from Ireland and W Scotland, where frontal cloud prevailed for most of the day, there were sunny spells - especially in E and S districts. (Isles of Scilly 11.0C, Dalwhinnie 2.6C maximum, Altnaharra -5.7 C minimum, Cluanie Inn 13.2 mm, St Athan 8.2 h.)

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.)

British Isles weather, March 2017

Parts of Scotland, N Ireland and N England had an air frost on the 1st while cloudier skies further S and in N Scotland led to spells rain; during the day there were showers during the day in W, N and some S areas of Scotland - which fell as snow in parts of the N and on high ground in Scotland, Cumbria and in parts of Ireland. S Ireland, Wales and S and Cent areas of England had a cloudy day with rain at times. (Isles of Scilly 11.3C, Loch Glascarnoch 3.4C maximum, Topcliffe -4.6C minimum, Swyddffynnon 19.0 mm, Kinloss 9.2 h.)

The 2nd dawned after a windy night in S areas of the British Isles, during which rain fell widely across England, Wales and Ireland with some snowfall over higher ground in Wales and N England; wintry weather was also reported in Lincolnshire. Snow and ice disrupted travel in the Peak District and Pennines, and the Snake Pass was closed due to snow for much of the morning. Some rain also fell across N Scotland, with other areas of Scotland having an overnight air frost. During the day precipitation was largely confined to N'wards-moving areas of rain over Ireland, Wales, N England and Scotland (with some snow over the Scottish hills); Ireland was noticeably cloudy while S areas of England had prolonged sunny spells.(Yeovilton 12.2C, Loch Glascarnoch 4.2C maximum, Tyndrum -4.9C minimum, Capel Curig 30.4 mm, Odiham 9.0 h.)

An area of low pressure (centre 980 mb at 2400 GMT) moved into S Ireland later on the 3rd. After an early air frost in N and Cent Scotland, a largely sunny day followed here. Further S the day was largely sunless. Rain overnight in Ireland, Wales and W England later affected all other areas of England, with some heavy rainfall in the evening in parts of Ireland. 27 mm of rain fell in the 24 hours ending 1800 GMT at Cork Airport, while 32 mm fell at Sherkin Island ending at this time. In the evening some thunder was heard in the Channel Islands, Cent S England and in a few places around the London area. (Bude 12.7C, Pateley Bridge Ravens Nest 4.0C maximum, Braemar -4.6C minimum, Middle Wallop 24.8 mm, Kinloss 9.6 h.)

The low pressure system moved slowly N'wards during the 4th towards the Western Isles. As a result, the main rain area continued to move slowly N'wards across Scotland (with some snow over high ground) , while it turned drier and a little brighter in the S Scotland later. After widespread overnight rain much of Cent and E England were drier during the day with some sunshine, especially in Cent S England and the Midlands. Much of Ireland and parts of Wales and W England had showery conditions during the day. (Northolt 13.0C, Dalwhinnie 1.4C maximum, Altnaharra -1.7C minimum, Craibstone 31.2 mm, Waddington 6.6 h.)

Pressure remained low across Scotland on the 5th with a cloudy day with rainfall resulting in the N. Further S, there were showery spells in N England, N Ireland and S Scotland - N Ireland and S Scotland seeing the best of the sunshine. Rainfall overnight across Ireland W parts of England moved NE'wards - with most of Wales, and S and Cent parts of Ireland and England having falls during the day. Some snow fell over high ground in parts of N England while hail and thunder were reported on Jersey in the morning. (Gravesend 11.5C, Lake Vyrnwy 3.2C maximum, Lentran -2.4C minimum, Capel Curig 22.6 mm, Magilligan 9.3 h.)

Widespread frontal cloud on the 6th gradually moved NE'wards during the day. However, a few breaks overnight allowed an air frost to form in a few parts of Scotland, Wales and N Ireland, while during the day these breaks led to some sunshine as a weak ridge of high pressure developed from the W later. Showers fell in places being heavy around East Anglia later in the day, while frontal rain moved across Wales and into N areas of England into the evening. (St James Park 11.6C, Thomastown 5.4C maximum, Altnaharra -3.8C minimum, Guernsey Airport 26.0 mm, Morecambe 9.4 h.)

Weak frontal rain cleared E areas of the UK early on the 7th with a slight air frost following under a weak ridge of high pressure. However, further rain areas soon spread from the SW (some of it associated with a developing frontal low that was located over the Isle of Man (1003 mb) at 2400 GMT). This rain had affected all areas by the evening, by which time much of England and Wales lay under a warm sector. Ahead of the rain much of E England had a sunny day. (Gravesend 12.1C, Lerwick 5.3C maximum, Braemar -5.5C minimum, Camborne 10.2 mm, Leconfield 8.6 h.)

There was widespread rainfall overnight into the 8th, while during the day rainfall was largely confined to S parts of England, Wales and Ireland, along with N and W Scotland. Scotland had windy and showery day, with some thunder. Heavy rain in W Scotland in the evening (associated with a low system to the W of Scotland at 2400 GMT) turned to snow over the mountains. Away from the rain in S areas, many other places had sunny spells, although it turned misty with some fog across the S half of England and Wales in the evening - following a mild day in SE England. (Northolt 15.1C, Loch Glascarnoch 5.9C maximum, Aboyne -0.7C minimum, Cluanie Inn 33.8 mm, Magilligan 8.2 h.)

Overnight into the 9th, rain fell across S England and much of Scotland. A mainly dry day followed, although the rain persisted across parts of N Scotland into the afternoon and a warm front gave some rain, mist and fog across the Channel Isles, Cornwall and parts of S Ireland. As this front edged N'wards there was rain in Cent and N Ireland in the evening. It was a mild day in Cent S and SE England. (St James Park 17.5C, Dalwhinnie 7.6C maximum, Aboyne 0.1C minimum, Achnagart 13.0 mm, Sheffield 10.6 h.)

S England remained rather misty on the 10th, with fog in places at times, especially in SW England. Parts of E and Cent Scotland had an early air frost before light rain and drizzle spread NE'wards from Ireland across much of Scotland during the morning. Rain and drizzle also affected parts of N England; indeed, except around the Thames Estuary it was a generally dull day in most parts of the British Isles despite relatively high surface pressure. (Chivenor 16.5C, Strathallan 6.2C maximum, Aboyne -2.8C minimum, Stornoway 6.0 mm, Manston 7.2 h.)

Overnight into the 11th rain affected mainly Ireland, N and W Scotland; much of England dawned misty with a few fog patches. During the day the main rain areas were across Scotland, N Wales and N England with lesser falls further S into S Wales and the Midlands. It remained misty with coastal fog in SW England during the day and away from the fog it was a warm day - despite the rather cloudy skies. The best of the sunshine was to be found in SW Ireland after the early rain cleared. (Gravesend and St James's Park 17.7C, Dundrennan 7.9C maximum, Aboyne 4.0C minimum, Lusa 8.2 mm, Shannon Airport 8.2 h.)

Fronts crossed E'wards over the British Isles on the 12th, pushing bands of rain across most areas. The sunniest areas were consequently across Ireland and SW England - following a rather misty start to the day in all areas of the British Isles. In places fog was persistent for much of the day. (Fyvie Castle 16.4C, Lerwick 7.7C maximum, Kinbrace -0.9C minimum, Lyneham 6.6 mm, Shannon Airport 9.2 h.)

After a widespread ground frost across the British Isles on the 13th, a warm day followed in most areas. Many places had a sunny day, although cloudier skies were the norm across many parts of Scotland and rather misty conditions prevailed for large parts of the day in some W areas of Ireland and Scotland, and over SW England. Rainfall was largely confined to NW Scotland overnight, with only very slight falls anywhere during the day. (Murlough 16.6C, Lerwick 9.0C maximum, Katesbridge -1.6C minimum, Lusa 7.8 mm, Odiham 10.2 h.)

The 14th dawned after a mainly mild night, especially in parts of Ireland where minimum temperatures overnight remained above 10C. Across S Ireland, Wales and England a mild day followed, although it was rather cloudy in much of S England. Rainfall overnight was largely confined to W Ireland, W and N Scotland - with further falls across Scotland during the day. Elsewhere it was mostly dry, although there was some drizzle and fog over SW England. Mist was widespread around dawn over Cent and S England and in W Ireland - while over the Northern Isles there was hail and thunder along with gale force winds gusting over 60 mph. Some power cuts occurred on the Isle of Lewis during the day, and windy conditins caused a high-sided vehicle to blow over on the Forth Road Bridge in the afternoon. (Hawarden 17.0C, Dalwhinnie 7.7C maximum, Shoreham 1.4C minimum, Achnagart 32.8 mm, Charterhall 9.1 h.)

The 15th dawned with widespread mist and fog, thick in places, across England, Wales and Ireland - and with rainfall across N and NW Scotland. Pressure was high across S areas - resulting in the fog and mist reforming again in the evening in many S areas of England in the evening. Fog caused travel chaos for airline passengers at London City Airport in the morning, leaving more than 60 flights to and from Europe disrupted. Further rain fell during the day over N Scotland, while in the evening an advancing warm sector spread rain and drizzle from the W across Ireland. It was a very sunny day across parts of E Wales and the Midlands. (Kew Gardens 18.8C, Lerwick 7.9C maximum, Aboyne -0.4C minimum, Kinlochewe 7.0 mm, Lake Vyrnwy 11.0 h.)

The 16th was a rather cloudy day, except in parts of the SE corner of England. This was the result of a pair off cold fronts that brought rain and drizzle across most areas during the day from the NW; in parts of W Scotland and over high ground the rain fell as snow. Patchy fog across many parts of England cleared by mid-morning, although some mist persisted until midday in parts of S England. The rain weakened as it spread SE'wards. (Gravesend, Shoeburyness 17.1C, Resallach 7.5C maximum, Santon Downham -0.3C minimum, Achnagart 16.4 mm, Shoeburyness 10.5 h.)

A brisk W'ly flow on the 17th drew fronts across many areas during the day, leading to outbreaks of rainfall that occurred widely across Ireland, Scotland, Wales and W England by the evening. Falls further E in England tended to be slight in nature. It was a generally dull day, except at first in S England and also over the Northern Isles. As the day developed a tightening N-S pressure gradient led to blustery conditions. (Murlough 12.2C, Loch Glascarnoch 3.4C maximum, South Newington -0.6C minimum, Stonyhurst 47.4 mm, Jersey Airport 7.6 h.)

A brisk W'ly flow on the 18th led to a rather cloudy day with rain and drizzle across the British Isles. There was some air frost across N Scotland at first, while the majority of the pre-dawn rainfall was confined to places W of a line Durham-Exeter. Rain also fell further E during the day, but amounts here were mainly slight; NE and N Scotland was the brightest area of the British Isles. With a warm sector across all but N and Cent Scotland by 2400 GMT there was fog over some hills and coastal areas in SW parts of the UK and in S Ireland. (Pershore 16.1C, Baltasound 4.9C maximum, Loch Glascarnoch -4.0C minimum, Capel Curig 26.2 mm, Lerwick 7.7 h.)

The warm sector moved away to the SE during the 19th after giving some overnight minimum temperatures of 11-12C in SE England. There was rain overnight over Scotland and N Ireland and this was followed by showers from the NW. S parts of England, Wales and Ireland began with misty conditions in places and a rather cloudy day followed as the rain and drizzle, although weakening, moved SE'wards. The day was another blustery one. (Santon Downham 16.8C, Loch Glascarnoch 7.0C maximum, Kinbrace 2.7C minimum, Eskdalemuir 32.0 mm, Leeming 7.2 h.)

An area of low pressure moved from off NW Ireland across the Shetlands on the 20th. This spread frontal rain to most areas during the day, following some light falls overnight in S areas. S England remained rather cloudy but brighter conditions spread S'wards to most other areas. Showers in these clearer areas consisted of hail and thunder in places with some snow in parts of W Scotland and N Ireland. (Writtle 14.2C, Dalwhinnie 5.2C maximum, Aboyne -0.2C minimum, Sennybridge 27.6 mm, Kinloss 9.1 h.)

Wintry falls were widespread on the 21st over areas of N and Cent Scotland, N and W Ireland and N England. The M8 was closed westbound by a jack-knifed lorry as a result of snowy conditions and the M77 was also partially blocked for a time, as were some other high-level routes such as the A83 at the Rest and Be Thankful. A few showers in Scotland were accompanied by hail and thunder. Parts of Cent Scotland and N Ireland had a slight air frost; mush of E and SE England was sunny with occasional showers which died out later in the day. However, as a low centre moved across S Ireland into the S parts of the Irish Sea, associated fronts pushed some heavier from with thunder from SW England towards N England later in the day. (Heathrow 12.6C, Dalwhinnie 1.8C maximum, Killylane -1.6C minimum, Cluanie Inn 27.0 mm, Morpeth Cockle Park 10.6 h.)

Inland areas of Scotland and N Ireland had a widespread air frost on the 22nd - in a N'ly flow that resulted partially from a low centre that remained over or closer to SW Britain during the day. There was rain overnight across S Ireland, Wales, SW and N England. N Scotland had wintry showers during the day, as did many areas of Ireland. These wintry showers also affected parts of N England and N Wales. Rain cleared NE'wards from Wales, Cent and S England during the afternoon - the sunniest areas were consequently across W parts of Ireland and Scotland. Mist and fog formed across many parts of N England and the Midlands into the evening. Many roads in Cumbria were affected by snow including the Kirkstone Pass. (Northolt 11.9C, Eskdalemuir 3.1C maximum, Dalwhinnie -8.6C minimum, Blencathra 40.0 mm, Tiree 11.1 h.)

Parts of N and Cent Scotland, and areas in or close to Wales and SW England, had an air frost on the 23rd. Further E in England there was overnight rain that then spread E on an E'ly flow located to the S of high pressure. This rain eventually cleared away to the SW over SW England. Sunny skies followed this rain across much of England and Wales and it was also a generally sunny day across the N half of Scotland. S Scotland and N Ireland remained generally dull. (Porthmadog 13.5C, Carterhouse 5.5C maximum, Kinbrace -7.3C minimum, Chillingham Barns 24.6 mm, Kirkwall 11.2 h.)

There was a widespread ground frost over Scotland, N England and in N and Cent Ireland into the 24th - with air frost across Scotland in particular. High pressure remained centred over S Scotland N England during the day (centre 1036 mb over NE England at 2400 GMT). As a result rainfall amounts were slight - mainly occurring over SW England and the Channel Islands during the morning, with some drizzle across the Northern Isles during the day. Away from these wet areas many places had a sunny day, with 10-11 h of sunshine in many areas. 19 mm of rain fell at Guernsey Airport in the 12 hours ending 0600 GMT. (Porthmadog 16.0C, Okehampton 6.9C maximum, Tyndrum -4.4C minimum, Isle of Portland 4.0 mm, Leconfield 11.4 h.)

High pressure persisted, and was slow-moving, on the 25th. Many inland areas away from the Northern Isles had a ground frost, with an air frost across much of Scotland, N and Cent Ireland, N England and Wales. Some mist and fog formed by dawn over Cent and E England - while away from the Northern Isle sit was a largely dry day with 10-12 h of sunshine in most places. It was a warm day in many areas as a result. (Aboyne 19.1C, Fair Isle 8.3C maximum, Katesbridge -5.4C minimum, Lerwick 2.4 mm, Charterhall 12.2 h.)

High pressure again dominated the weather on the 26th. Some light rain and drizzle again affected the Shetlands. Elsewhere it was warm, dry and sunny after an early air frost in parts of Scotland, N England, N Wales and N Ireland. 10-11 h of sunshine occurred widely over the British Isles, despite some mist at times, early and late, in E England. In the evening frontal rain spread from the S into SW Ireland. (Aviemore 19.9C, Fair Isle 8.0C maximum, Magilligan -4.1C minimum, Lerwick 1.2 mm, Kirkwall 12.0 h.)

The 27th dawned with a mist, and some fog, in many E areas of the UK and in N Scotland. Parts of E Scotland also had a slight sir frost. A S'ly flow developed during the day - which remained rather misty or hazy in many areas. In places this poor visibility also produced some slight drizzle. Despite this, many places again had a sunny day although parts of E England and E Wales, along with Shetland, remained rather dull. Where the sun was prolonged it was, again, a warm day. (Aviemore 19.1C, Lake Vyrnwy 5.5C maximum, Altnaharra -3.2C minimum, Goudhurst 0.2 mm, Rostherne No 2 11.8 h. )

Haze, mist and fog was widespread by dawn on the 28th across all but the W half of Scotland. In places this led to some slight drizzle overnight, while more general rain affected SW Ireland early in the morning. The fog led to dozens of flights being cancelled out of London airports; the fog also led to the Woolwich Ferry service being suspended, as were the Thames Clippers at Royal Arsenal Woolwich. Showery outbreaks moved NE'wards during the day with some thunder later in parts of the N Midlands, Norfolk and Lincolnshire. Much of Scotland remained dry but misty - apart from some light falls in N areas. The S half of England had a warm day, especially around the London area although the nest of the sunshine tended to be in parts of Cent Scotland away from the coasts. (Gravesend 19.1C, Inverbervie 5.8C maximum, Braemar -2.6C minimum, St Athan 9.0 mm, Kinloss 10.6 h.)

Widespread fronts gave a cloudy day on the 29th. After a largely dry night across Scotland, overnight rain further S spread N here during the day. It was a generally mild day due to the S'ly flow, but it was misty or foggy in some coastal areas during the day. During the day SE England turned largely dry and many other E areas of England were also generally dry. (Cranwell 17.0C, Fair Isle 6.7C maximum, Balmoral 2.1C, Whitechurch 30.4 mm, Stornoway 3.7 h.)

A warm sector led to a mild night across much of England with overnight minimum temperatures of 10-12C in many places here on the 30th. Although it turned unusually warm here during the day with 20C reported as far N as Lincolnshire, frontal cloud led to widespread rain in W areas of the British Isles. Showery outbreaks over parts of England and Wales in the evening.(Gravesend 22.1C, Fair Isle 8.5C maximum, Resallach 2.1C minimum, Capel Curig 46.0 mm, Herstmonceux 9.8 h.)

Frontal rain crossed much of the UK from the W overnight and into the morning of the 31st, with the rain then giving way to showers from the W. More rain followed over S Ireland, SW England and Wales later in the afternoon and evening. It was another mild day in Cent and E areas of England after overnight minimum temperatrures of 10-12C in places here. (Hull East Park 18.9C, Lerwick 8.5C maximum, Baltasound 2.9C minimum, Harris Quidnish 32.8 mm, Jersey Airport 7.9 h.)

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Last updated 5 April 2017.