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, March 2014

The flow on the 29th was mainly from the SE throughout the day. Overnight precipitation fell mainly over Wales, SW England, S Scotland and parts of Ireland - with widespread mist and haze over much of England by dawn. Many places in England remained hazy during the day and rain and showers fell mainly in W parts of Britain and in Ireland during the day. In the evening there were reports of Saharan dust falling in precipitation in SW England. (St James Park 19.8C, Albemarle 6.4C maximum, Santon Downham -0.7C minimum, Milford Haven 12.4 mm, Reading University 10.5 h.)

On the 30th some places in N Ireland awoke to some lying Saharan dust by dawn as a continuing flow from the SE brought dustfalls in rain to W parts of the British Isles overnight. Much of England and E Scotland was misty or hazy by dawn - with fog in places. With much of the British Isles lying in a warm sector temperatures reached 20C in the London area and in parts of Norfolk. During the day most places remained dry with cent and S England, in particular, having a day with sunny periods. (Santon Downham 20.9C, Salsburgh 5.7C maximum, Aviemore -2.7C minimum, Glenanne 1.0 mm, Lerwick 11.7 h.)

Visibility was generally poor across the British Isles on the 31st with most of the UK having a dry start to the day. Frontal rain spread E'wards to affect much of Wales, SW England and the W Midlands by early evening - later moving into N England. Thunderstorms broke out off the NW Devon coast in the early afternoon and then moved across W Wales. There were also thundery outbreaks on the front over NW Ireland in the afternoon with occurrences in a few other places. Away from the rain, it stayed rather misty or hazy in E areas - with rather cloudy skies; the best of the sunshine was to be found across Cent Scotland. (Porthmadog 19.2C, Salsburgh 5.6C maximum, Altnaharra -1.0C minimum, Porthmadog 18.8 mm, Dyce 8.6 h.)


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Last updated 3 April 2014.