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 2015

Low pressure moving rapidly NE'wards to NW Scotland at 1200 GMT (centre down to 980 mb just off NW Scotland at this time on the 28th) led to a blustery day - and a cloudy one as fronts pushed E'wards across the British Isles during the day. By dawn, rain was falling in most areas following a slight ground frost earlier in E Britain. During the day falls of rain remained generally light in E and SE England but some heavy falls affected NW England and N Wales - and later the N Midlands. Sunshine totals were quite varied during the day - with many places remaining sunless, especially in S England. (Coningsby 16.3C, Baltasound 7.4C maximum, Santon Downham -1.8C minimum, Rochdale 26.2 mm, Leeming 5.1 h.)

A blustery, W'ly flow on the 29th brought a rather cloudy day. Although there was a slight air frost in parts of NE Scotland, elsewhere overnight rain and drizzle was widespread and this moved E'wards followed by showers from the W. Some of these showers were heavy with thunder in the NE Midlands and Norfolk in the afternoon. In W Ireland, S Wales and SW England it was a rather cloudy day. (Cambridge NIAB 14.4C, Dalwhinnie 5.1C maximum, Balmoral -1.5C minimum, Liscombe 21.0 mm, Lerwick 7.0 h.)

Low pressure (down to 976 mb over E Scotland at 2400 GMT) on the 30th gave another unsettled day. Ground frost was widespread over Scotland before dawn and showers in N Scotland parts of Cumbria were wintry overnight. Other parts of Scotland also had a showery night, as did W parts of the UK further S. From mid-morning onwards more general frontal rain spread across all areas - except the Northern Isles where wintry showers continued throughout the day. In SE England the rain was slight and fell only later in the evening in places - while the rain fell as snow over some Scottish hills. It was a dull day once the main rain area arrived - with the result that E parts of the UK were the sunniest regions. (Rhyl 13.5C, Tulloch Bridge 4.4C maximum, Dalwhinnie -1.0C minimum, Tyndrum 30.0 mm, Dyce 7.9 h.)


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Last updated 10 April 2015.