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, July 2016

An area of low pressure (centre 1007 mb at 1200 GMT over Northern Ireland) crossed the British Isles on the 28th. N Scotland had outbreaks of rain and drizzle from a separate frontal system, while the low brought rain across Ireland overnight. This latter area of rain then crossed most parts of the UK (to the S of the low) during the day. Clearer weather followed the rain from the W - but with some heavy showers that were thundery in parts of the Midlands. (Exeter Airport 24.7C, Fair Isle 13.5C maximum, Redesdale Camp 5.8C minimum, Lough Fea 18.6 mm, Kinloss 8.5 h.

A series of fronts on the 29th led to widespread outbreaks of rain and showers across the British Isles, with some heavy falls of rain in parts of N England. It was a sunny day in many parts of Scotland and warm ahead of a front over SE England and East Anglia. (Pershore College 24.4C, Fair Isle 13.5C maximum, Braemar 5.0C minimum, Linton on Ouse 43.6 mm, Glasgow 14.6 h.)

Mist and fog patches formed in many parts of E England by dawn on the 30th. Across Scotland there was some overnight rain in the N and there were further falls of rain and drizzle in Scotland and N Ireland during the day. Frontal rain and showers cleared from SE England in the morning and a day with light winds and widespread cloud then followed for most areas. (Plymouth 23.1C, Resallach 13.3C maximum, Eskdalemuir 5.6C minimum, Shoreham 15.0 mm, Leeming 10.3 h.)

Scotland and N parts of Ireland had outbreaks of rain on the 31st while most other places were largely dry. There were widespread sunny spells away from Scotland although temperatures rose only to about the normal for late July. (Hurn 23.7C, Fair Isle 13.6C maximum, Katesbridge 3.3C minimum, Resallach 20.4 mm, St Athan 14.1 h.)

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Last updated 8 August 2016.