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, October 2018

A flow originating to the E of the British Isles affected all areas on the 29th. Air frost was widespread overnight away from SW England and W Ireland and there were some light falls of rain in E England overnight. Further light falls of rain occurred during the day in some areas adjacent to the North Sea - and there were also some heavier falls in parts of W Ireland and W Scotland; some hail fell in N Scotland. Away from the cloudy areas of W Ireland and SW Scotland there were widespread sunny periods. Away from S England and East Anglia most places failed to reach 8C during the day. (Langdon Bay 10.7C, Balmoral 3.3C maximum, Katesbridge -5.9C minimum, Port Ellen 11.2 mm, Exeter Airport 9.1 h.)

SW parts of Britain had a mainly sunny day on the 30th while elsewhere it was rather cloudy at times. Cloud and precipitation pushed N'wards in E England with some wintry falls in places as far W as Birmingham and Hampshire. The showers were also wintry on hilly ground. Clear skies spread from the southwest in the evening. There was an unusually sharp air frost in many places before dawn, although the cloudier SE corner of England and also W Ireland remained above 0C overnight. This was followed by a cold day in most areas away from SW England and W Ireland with maximum temperatures widely below 10C. (Isles of Scilly 11.7C, Balmoral 4.2C maximum, Shap -7.3C minimum, Manston 9.2 mm, St Athan 8.8 h.)

At inland sites away from Ireland and W Scotland there was a widespread air frost on the 31st - with minimum temperatures below -5C in some sheltered sites overnight. The frost-free areas in the W had greater cloud cover and some outbreaks of rain; rain also moved NW'wards into SE England in the evening. The day remained cold in many areas N of York and Dublin under cloudy skies, but reached 13C in many S parts of the British Isles. (Isle of Portland 14.5C, Altnahinch Filters 5.7C maximum, Aboyne -6.5C minimum, St Bees Head 23.4 mm, Waddington 7.9 h.)


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Last updated 1 November 2018.