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, May 2016

by dawn on the 28th mist and fog patches were widespread across the British Isles. There was some rain early in the day over parts of S England and Cent areas of Scotland but falls were light once the thunderstorms in the SW had ended. A few thundery, downpours developed after dawn in the SE but these soon cleared away; during the afternoon and evening more storms developed over W and S Wales and SW England - with thundery rain also in NW Scotland. Sunshine amounts were variable across the British Isles. (Otterbourne Water Works 21.9C, Fair Isle 8.8C maximum, Altnaharra 1.1C minimum, Swyddffynnon 31.2 mm, Kirkwall 14.4 h.)

A NE'ly flow slowly developed on the 29th in most areas. Mist and fog patches were again widespread across the British Isles by dawn. Away from NW Scotland it was a mostly dry day; thundery showers formed here in the afternoon. It was a cool day in N and E areas and a few places close to the North Sea were sunless. It was warm in W areas of the UK and over much of inland Ireland. (Porthmadog 22.2C, Inverbervie 9.5C maximum, Aboyne 0.1C minimum, Altnaharra 15.0 mm, Magilligan 14.0 h.)

A N'ly flow with frontal cloud close to North Sea coastal areas on the 30th led to a cool day here, but with warmer and sunnier conditions further W. Mist and fog patches were again widespread by dawn and the frontal cloud gave some light rain and drizzle in the E. (Porthmadog 22.5C, Loftus 10.0C maximum, Shap 1.1C minimum, Prestwick 2.4 mm, Tiree 15.8 h.)

The frontal cloud in the E pushed further W'wards on the 31st. Overnight there was some rain in East Anglia and Kent - with some heavy thunderstorms during the early hours over Norfolk and Suffolk. During the day advancing rain affected much of E England, reaching SW England and Wales in the evening. Parts of NW Scotland also had some light falls of rain and drizzle later while outbreaks of heavy rain also affected parts of SE England during the day. E England was dull and cool under the cloud and rain. (Glasgow 24.2C, Fylingdales 9.0C maximum, Braemar 2.0C minimum, Wattisham 53.4 mm, Leuchars 16.0 h.)


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Last updated 9 June 2016.