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 2014

Despite the presence of a weak ridge on the 29th, frontal cloud gave a dull day with rain across S England. Overnight minimum temperatures here were as high as 15C in places along the S coast. By dawn there had been a widespread ground frost over N and Cent Ireland, Scotland and N England - with a slight air frost in places here. Some early mist and fog affected parts of N England and N Ireland. N Scotland and parts of E England had some overnight rain, while during the day the rain in the S spread into Midlands and parts of Wales; there were also falls across Ireland and NW England later. E Scotland and areas around the N half of the Irish Sea had the sunniest conditions by day. (Bude 17.1C, Lentran 8.1C maximum, Eskdalemuir -2.0C minimum, Isle of Portland 29.6 mm, Valley 7.1 h.)

Rain spread N'wards overnight to reach NE Scotland by dawn on the 30th - and leading to widespread mist and fog over much of England, Wales and Ireland by dawn. Ahead of the rain there was a slight air frost in parts of N Scotland while in S England minimum temperatures were in the range 12-15C. During the day rainfall was mainly confined to Ireland, and to W and N parts of Scotland. The air in the S was humid and there was a widespread mist or fog in the S'ly airflow by midnight. (Gravesend 20.2C, Lentran 8.9C maximum, Baltasound -0.7C minimum, South Uist 12.2 mm, St Helier 8.5 h.)

The 31st was a unusually warm day for the time of year with temperatures reaching 20C as far N as N Wales and Lincolnshire. In fact it was the warmest day this late in the year on record by several degrees C, according to the Met Office. Ireland and Scotland had a rather dull day with rain and drizzle; most areas had a rather dull day although there was extensive sunshine across much of SE and Cent S England. (Kew Gardens and Gravesend 23.6C, Lerwick 111.5C maximum, Altnaharra 6.9C minimum, Lusa 20.6 mm, St Helier 8.7 h.)


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Last updated 7 November 2014.