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 2016

A W'ly flow on the 29th brought mainly cloud and showers conditions to the British Isles. Parts of Scotland and N Ireland had a touch of air frost before dawn while showers fell overnight in W areas of Ireland, Wales and Scotland in particular. During the day these made progress inland - becoming widespread - but all areas also had sunny intervals. Some hail and thunder occurred in a few showers, while snow fell over high ground in Scotland and N England. (Gravesend 13.8C, Lake Vyrnwy 5.4C maximum, Katesbridge -2.8C minimum, Lake Vyrnwy 20.4 mm, Boulmer 9.3 h.)

There was a widespread ground frost on the 30th with an air frost in much of N, E and Cent Scotland. There were further showers during overnight and during the day - although rainfall amounts were much reduced across England and Wales. Across Scotland showers were often wintry, while thunder occurred in the evening in parts of S England. Again, between the showers, all areas had sunny intervals. (Writtle 13.6C, Lerwick 6.7C maximum, Kinbrace -5.2C minimum, Threave 13.8 mm, Shawbury 10.3 h.)

A ridge of high pressure brought generally settled conditions on the 31st. There was a widespread earl ground frost and many areas, away from the coasts, had an air frost with places in N and cent Scotland being particularly cold at first. There were some coastal showers over Scotland - further showers during the day included thundery outbreaks in parts of East Anglia, where there was also isolated thunder. (Langdon Bay 14.7C, Fair Isle 7.1C maximum, Altnaharra -7.8C minimum, Drumalbin 7.2 mm, Bude 12.3 h.)


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Last updated 11 March 2016.