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, August 2014

There was widespread rain at times across many areas (N Scotland excepted) overnight into the 28th with further rain and showers in all areas during the day. There was some isolated thunder in N and W areas with temperatures reaching 20C as far N as parts of N and Cent mainland Scotland. Sunny spells were widespread except in NE Scotland. (Gravesend 23.2C, Fair Isle 13.5C maximum, Aviemore 6.6C minimum, Dundrennan 17.4 mm, Bude 10.0 h.)

Low pressure over N Scotland on the 29th (centre 995 mb at 1200 GMT close to Skye) led to a blustery day. Associated fronts gave spells of rain to most areas although amounts in parts of East Anglia and SE England were minimal during daylight hours. It was a rather cloudy day in many areas - but not on the Channel Islands. (Murlough 21.6C, Salsburgh 13.3C maximum, Aboyne 5.9C minimum, Capel Curig 32.4 mm, St Helier 10.6 h.)

The low centre was slow-moving close to NE Scotland on the 30th, although it did slowly fill. Both overnight and during the day there were spells of rain over England, Scotland, Wales and N Ireland - but falls in much of Ireland and E England were slight and by 2400 GMT the MSL pressure had risen to 1020 mb in SW Ireland. During the day the rain was heaviest and most persistent in mainland N Scotland. Sunshine amounts were quite varied with many regions having both sunny and rather dull locations. (Shoreham 21.9C, Loch Glascarnoch 13.3C minimum, Fyvie Castle 8.7C minimum, Cluanie Inn 34.2 mm, Leconfield 11.3 h.)

Overnight into the 31st there were falls of rain in several areas - most notably in NE Ireland, close to the Mersey and in parts of N Scotland. During the day conditions were mainly dry although approaching fronts from the W brought increasing amounts of cloud with rain and drizzle in W parts of Scotland and Ireland by the evening. By midnight much of Scotland had seen some rain and drizzle - which had also reached NW England. However, ahead of the cloud and away from W Ireland and W Scotland there were long sunny spells. (Shoreham 23.3C, Fair Isle 14.7C maximum, Shobdon 6.0C minimum, Crosby 4.6 mm, St Helier 12.1 h.)

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Last updated 19 September 2014.