British Isles weather diary

January 2024
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(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.)

British Isles weather, January 2024

Into the 1st pressure was low across N areas of Scotland and then started to fall over W Ireland as the next depression approached here from the W. Overnight it was mostly unsettled with variable cloud and scattered showers, and with air frost mostly confined to mainland areas of N Scotland. There were areas of cloud and showers across the N areas at first but these cleared to give some sunshine. S England and much of Ireland remained rather cloudy as widespread ran spread NE'wards here, later reaching Wales, N England and SW Scotland. (Isles of Scilly 12.4C, Fyvie Castle 0.6C maximum, Braemar -4.0C minimum, Killowen 30.4 mm, Dyce 5.3 h.)

On the 2nd pressure was low across Scotland and N England with low centres at 1800 GMT of 970 mb to the W of the Western Isles and 971 mb to the E of Hull (storm Henk). Rain spread NE'wards before dawn, by when it was mostly confined to Scotland, but further rain reached S Ireland and SW Britain by then. Ahead of the rain there was an air frost in mainland parts of N Scotland. During the day rain spread N'wards across England into S and Cent Scotland, followed by showery conditions. It was windy in N Scotland and of S areas of Britain. Storm Henk caused power cuts, severe disruption to road and rail transport and flooding problems. One man died in Gloucestershire after a tree fell on his car, and a woman in SE London was injured by a falling tree. Approximately 125000 properties lost power due to fallen trees bringing down lines. The M25 Dartford Crossing was closed due to strong winds and several major roads in England were also closed due to flooding. Many trains were delayed, diverted or cancelled and almost 300 flood warnings were in place in England, with a few others in Wales and Scotland. The rain brought mild air from the SW to S areas of England and Wales. Winds gusted widely at well over 60 mph at many inland locations across S England, including 94 mph at Needles Old Battery and 81 mph at Exeter Airport. (Yeovilton 14.1C, Braemar 3.5C maximum, Braemar -5.5C minimum, Sennybridge 33.2 mm, Aviemore 1.3 h.)

Into the 3rd rain in the N moved into E Scotland and then moved E'wards. It continued windy in N Scotland and S England, with an area of ow pressure close to the Western Isles (centre 973 mb) at 0600 GMT. There were showers and some hill snow across N Scotland during the day with some heavy showers in many other areas. It was a mostly cloudy day away from the SE quarter of England while temperatures rose above 10C in parts of S Ireland, and in S Wales and Cent and S areas of England. (Gosport Fleetlands 12.8C, Lerwick 3.0C maximum, Aviemore -1.2C minimum, Craibstone No.2 26.6 mm, Shoeburyness 3.5 h.)

Pressure remained low close to NW Scotland throughout the 4th while in the afternoon and evening another depression (centre close to 991 mb) moved E'wards along the English Channel. Overnight there were widespread showers as far S as N areas of Ireland, Wales and England. There were further showers across Scotland during the day, while an area of widespread and heavy rain moved NE to affect SW England, Cent S and SE England and East Anglia by mid-evening. The best of the sunshine was mainly across Ireland and in parts of East Anglia (ahead of the rain). A party boat moored at Temple Pier on the River Thames sank in the evening during heavy rainfall. (Gosport Fleetlands 11.4C, Baltasound 3.7C maximum, Balmoral 1.1C minimum, Otterbourne Water Works 39.8 mm, Kinloss 5.8 h.)

Overnight into the 5th there were further spells of heavy rain across SE England and East Anglia, with some rain also in NW Scotland and a few showers elsewhere. The day was mainly dry apart for some showery spells, mostly over Wales and W areas of England and across N and E Scotland. There were a few sunny periods in many areas. Hundreds of homes have been devastated by flooding in England following a powerful storm and a week of heavy rainfall. By the evening there were 240 flood warnings in force, the majority in the Midlands, East Anglia and southern England, with many residents forced to evacuate their properties. Flooded roads and railway tracks brought more delays for travellers. A major incident was declared in Nottinghamshire around the River Trent; the Environment Agency said the Trent's levels were some of the highest seen in 24 years. Great Western Railway was warning passengers to travel early and advising customers to check their journey beforehand; localised flooding has caused lines to be blocked between Reading and Taunton and between Swindon and Bristol Parkway affecting travel to and from S Wales and SW England. South Western Railway's route to Devon was also affected by the weather, after a landslip at Crewkerne in Somerset led to the firm advising people not to travel. (Cardiff Bute Park 10.5C, Aboyne 2.9C maximum, Katesbridge -1.7C minimum, Cromer 19.4 mm, Hurn 5.5 h.)

During the 6th pressure rose from the W; MSL pressure in SW Ireland at 1800 GMT was close to 1025 mb. There was little rain away from N Scotland overnight or during the day with some inland mist and fog around dawn as skies cleared elsewhere. There was some drizzle in parts of E England during the day but most places had sunny spells at times during the day. It remained cold where any fog lingered. (Usk No.2 9.9C, Carlisle 0.1C maximum, Shap -4.3C minimum, Lerwick 16.6 mm, Shannon Airport 7.0 h.)

By 1800 GMT on the 7th MSL pressure was close to 1030 mb near Shetland with an E'ly surface flow in most areas of the UK. This led to showers and some wintry falls close to the E coast of Britain, as far S as Kent, and also in areas of E Ireland. Elsewhere clear skies led to some mist and fog around dawn; tis lingered in parts of Scotland to give a cold day. The best of the sunshine during the day was in an area from S Ireland to S Scotland, with many other areas remaining mostly dull. (Isles of Scilly 9.2C, Glasgow -0.9C maximum, Shap -6.4C minimum, Boulmer 9.0 mm, Cork Airport 7.0 h.)

Parts of Scotland had mist and fog into 8th, with mostly clear skies elsewhere. During the day an area of snow showers spread SE'wards across East Anglia, Cent S and SE England and into parts of the Midlands, S Wales and the Channel Islands. Snow showers across E Scotland led to a snow depth of 2 cm at Dyce at 0900 GMT. There were also showers over S Scotland, caused by the E'ly flow around high pressure (centre 1042mb over SW Norway in the evening). The weather caused disruption to parts of Northern Ireland, as low temperatures overnight led to icy conditions on some roads. Rural roads in the south-east of Northern Ireland were particularly affected. The sunniest areas were in Cornwall and in mainland N Scotland. (Harris Quidnish 6.8C, Aviemore -2.3C maximum, Altnaharra -8.0C minimum, Killowen 4.2 mm, Kinloss 6.2 h.)

Into the 9th snow showers spread into S Ireland with further falls in S Wales, the Channel Islands. Jersey Airport's runways were closed for a while after a fall of snow in the morning led to a few centimetres of lying snow. Other areas were mostly dry overnight and during the day due to high pressure centred at 1043 mb near the Moray Firth at 1200 GMT. Many areas of Britain had sunny spells and it remained largely dry; temperatures remained below 0C in parts of Cent and NE Scotland. (Harris Quidnish 7.0C, Lentran -3.3C maximum, Aviemore -11.1C minimum, Shoreham 1.0 mm, Tibenham Airfield 7.3 h.)

With high pressure covering the British Isles on the 10th, the day was a mainly dry one, apart from some showers blowing onshore in E Scotland and NE England; these fell as snow overnight in some parts of E Scotland. Where skies remained clear overnight, there was a widespread inland air frost; this was mostly slight, except in N and Cent areas of Scotland. It was a day with prolonged sunshine in parts of S Ireland, S England and East Anglia. (Helens Bay 7.4C, Aviemore 0.1C maximum, Aviemore -10.4C minimum, Fylingdales 6.0 mm, Tibenham Airfield 7.5 h.)

Pressure remained high on the 11th (centred at 1046 mb close to NW Scotland at 1200 GMT). Overnight many E areas of Scotland and NE England remained cloudy with some drizzle and an early air frost was mainly confined to East Anglia and areas of S England. During the day there was some sunshine over W Scotland, SW England, S Wales and S Ireland; elsewhere it was a rather cloudy day with some light rain and drizzle in parts of E Scotland and NE England. (Walney Island 8.3C, Braemar 1.2C maximum, Tyndrum -7.0C minimum, Lentran 5.2 mm, Aberporth 7.6 h.)

The 12th was a mostly dry day under high pressure. Breaks in the cloud led to an air frost in parts of Cumbria, N and Cent Scotland with some fog parches here later. Onshore winds led to some light rain and drizzle at times in N Scotland and in areas close to the North Sea with most areas remained dull throughout the day. (South Uist 8.6C, Inverbervie -0.4C maximum, Tyndrum -8.3C minimum, Resallach 7.0 mm, Kinloss 4.6 h.)

There was widespread mist by dawn on the 13th while a cold front spread S'wards across Scotland overnight giving some falls of rain. There was some sunshine across parts of S Scotland, N England and East Anglia as the front weakened - having given some light falls of rain in parts of Ireland and NW England. There were scattered showers from another front across N Scotland later while parts of S England had a cold day after an early air frost. (Sutton Bonington 8.7C, Dunkeswell -0.1C maximum, Topcliffe -4.0C minimum, Resallach 8.6 mm, Glasgow 6.5 h.)

Overnight into the 14th scattered showers fell as snow across N Scotland; many areas of the UK had a misty start after some clear skies led to a patchy air frost. There were sunny spells in most areas during the day, but wintry showers continued across N and E Scotland, with a few light showers across Ireland and close to some North Sea coasts. (Cardiff Bute Park 9.4C, Dalwhinnie 0.3C maximum, Eskdalemuir -5.6C minimum, Aultbea 7.0 mm, Leconfield 5.2 h.)

The 15th brought a widespread air frost, except across parts of S Wales and SW England, with snow showers over N areas of Ireland and Scotland. A cold day followed with snow showers in a N'ly flow across N Scotland and Ireland, with some falls also over parts of N Wales. Away from these shoers there were widespread, long sunny spells. Snow depths mounted to 15 cm at Dyce and 7 cm at Altnaharra by the evening and parts of Scotland and Cumbria remained below 0C all day. (Isles of Scilly 8.2C, Balmoral -2.0C maximum, Tulloch Bridge -10.0C minimum, Harris Quidnish 3.0 mm, Exeter Airport 7.9 h.)

Into the 16th showers continued along N and W coastal areas, while by dawn a more general area of rain, sleet and snow was affecting N Ireland, SW Scotland and N England. After a widespread overnight air frost, another cold day brought wintry showers and longer spells of rain, sleet and snow spreading E'wards across northern areas; these were heavy in places. S and Cent areas of Ireland, Wales and Scotland had a sunny day. The weather conditions led to more than 100 school closures in Scotland and dozens in Merseyside. All schools in Shetland were closed, with more than 50 shut in the Highlands and some sites in Aberdeenshire also affected. Reported snow depths included 17 cm at Altnaharra and 14 cm at Wick and Dyce. (Plymouth Kinterbury Point 7.9C, Lerwick -2.0C maximum, Benson -8.3C minimum, Blencathra 15.2 mm, Wattisham 7.3 h.)

Into the 17th periods of snow across much of Scotland moved SE'wards and turned patchy, but snow showers continued to affect N Scotland. There was another widespread air frost away from SW England. Frontal cloud brought rain into the Channel Islands during the day with 22 mm falling at Guernsey Airport from 0600 to 1800 GMT. Further snow showers affected N Scotland during the day; elsewhere away from S England there was widespread sunshine, although some snow showers also fell at times in parts of Wales and Ireland. Reported snow depths during the day included 16 cm at Wick, 20 cm at Loch Glascarnoch and 26 cm at Altnaharra. (Isles of Scilly 6.5C, Dalwhinnie -4.2C maximum, Dalwhinnie -14.0C minimum, Stonyhurst 5.6 mm, Dundrennan 7.2 h.)

High pressure led to a widespread air frost on the 18th under mainly clear skies, which dawned after a night with wintry showers in Ireland, N and W Scotland and W Wales. The day was also cold, with widespread sunny spells. However, there were further falls of snow across many parts of Scotland, N England, on Scilly and across Ireland. Reported snow depths included 39 cm at Altnaharra, 27 cm at Wick and 24 cm at Loch Glascarnoch. (Valentia 7.1C, Spadeadam-2.4C maximum, Tulloch Bridge -13.6C minimum, Giants Causeway 11.0 mm, Wellesbourne 8.0 h.)

Into the 19th air frost was widespread, except in parts of W Scotland and in some other coastal areas in W parts of Ireland Britain. Rain and snow affected W Scotland overnight, becoming heavy in many areas. The N half of Scotland saw further heavy rain and snow during the day, the snow slowly turning to rain as a SW'ly airflow brought warmer air into W areas of the British Isles. Much of England, Wales and Ireland had a sunny day. Reported snow depths included 36 cm at Loch Glascarnoch, 37 cm at Altnaharra, 22 cm at Lerwick and 27 cm at Wick. (Isles of Scilly 8.8C, Baltasound 0.6C maximum, Tyndrum -9.1C minimum, Aultbea 37.8 mm, Manston 8.1 h.)

The 20th dawned after an air frost E of a line Exeter-Lincoln; further W it turned cloudy as frontal rain spread in from the W, this falling as snow initially in parts of N Scotland and Cumbria. During the day heavy rain and hill snow cleared NW Scotland and it turned drier here. Further S there was some rain across Ireland, Scotland, Wales and N England while other areas of England remained largely dry but dull. (Shannon Airport 11.4C, Fylingdales 3.7C maximum, Baltasound -10.4C minimum, Shap 49.0 mm, St Helier 7.5 h.)

There were a few snow showers into the 21st across N Scotland with heavier falls of rain elsewhere in Scotland, Ireland, Wales and W areas of England. There were further falls of rain and showers in most areas during the day heaviest in W areas. Most places remained cloudy, but there were a few sunny periods in coastal areas of E Scotland and NE England. Pressure fell rapidly later, as storm Isha approached W Scotland. MSL pressure at 1800 GMT was down to 960 mb on the Western Isles and there were widespread gales and heavy rain across Ireland Scotland, in particular, later in the day. ScotRail cancelled all of its services at 7 p.m.. Other rail operators in Britain cancelled services as Network Rail imposed a 50 mph limit on most still running. Belfast Airport cancelled all flights to Britain shortly before 6 p.m.. Other airports in the north cancelled flights, and many services were delayed or diverted. (Hawarden 14.3C, Baltasound 6.9C maximum, Kinbrace 0.2C minimum, Shap 105.2 mm, Lerwick 3.5 h.)

Into the 22nd there were strong to near-gale force W'ly winds widely across Ireland and the UK, reaching severe gale force in the N and W. Heavy rain lowly cleared to blustery showers and clearer skies. It remained windy in most areas during the day, with further showers across Ireland, Scotland, NW England and Wales. There were sunny intervals in most areas. Among the highest gusts were ones of 99 mph at Brizlee Wood, 90 mph at Capel Curig, 86 mph at The Needles OId Battery, 82 mph at Shap and 81 mph at Prestwick. Two people died after their cars hit trees brought down across the UK by Storm Isha - in County Londonderry and in Grangemouth. Electricity companies reported cuts to thousands of homes - including 45,000 in Northern Ireland, 8,000 in NW England, 3,000 in Wales and several hundred in Cornwall. The rain led to flood warnings in places. Some of the worst travel disruption was in Scotland. Stretches of the M9 and M74 were among roads closed overnight due to fallen trees. High winds forced the closure of the Tay Road Bridge, M48 Severn Bridge and the A66 in Durham and Cumbria between the A1(M) and the M6. Most ferry services around the British Isles suffered cancellations during the passage of the storm. At Baltasound the MSL pressure fell to 950.9 mb at 0500 GMT. (Plymouth Kinterbury Point 11.6C, Braemar 4.2C maximum, Salsburgh 1.6C minimum, Resallach 32.4 mm, Tibenham Airfield 6.4 h.)

On the 23rd a low pressure system (storm Jocelyn) moved NE'wards towards the Faeroes by 2400 GMT; MSL pressure was down to 976 mb at Stornoway by 1800 GMT. Overnight there were showers in W Scotland, N England and across Ireland where there were also some heavier spells of rain; 15 mm fell at Valentia in the 12 hours ending 0600 GMT. By dawn this general rain area had reached SW England and Wales. Across Scotland it was a windy day with hill snow at times. Elsewhere, it was a mainly cloudy day with a warm sector bringing rain, and milder air, to most areas followed by showers across Ireland and much of Scotland. Storm Jocelyn produced a gust of 97 mph in Capel Curig. Elsewhere, there was a search involving coastguard crews, a helicopter and RNLI lifeboats, for a person reported to be in the sea at Porthcawl, S Wales. Many rail services in N England and Scotland were suspended, and the storm also caused "major disruption" on Northern Ireland's road network, an official said, and the main road to Belfast International Airport was closed. (Murlough 15.6C, Baltasound 7.4C maximum, South Newington 0.4C minimum, Capel Curig 58.6 mm, Stornoway 0.4 h.)

An area of low pressure close to the Northern Isles moved away E'wards during the 24th. This pushed a cold front SE'wards across S England by dawn; the night was windy with blustery showers spreading in from the NW these were thundery across N and W Scotland. During the day there were further showers across Scotland and the N half of Ireland; late in the evening an approaching warm front pushed light rain into the Channel Isles, Cornwall and parts of S Ireland. (Manston 12.8C, Loch Glascarnoch 6.6C maximum, Loch Glascarnoch 5.0C minimum, Kinlochewe 23.8 mm, Dyce 5.3 h.)

Overnight into the 25th a warm sector spread rain across Ireland, Wales and SW England; much of England was misty ahead of the rain. The day was generally cloudy as the rain continued to spread NE'wards and maximum temperatures of 10C and above were widespread away from the Northern Isles and parts of E Scotland. (Stormont Castle 14.4C, Lerwick 6.9C maximum, Aboyne -1.8C minimum, Capel Curig 39.2 mm, Magilligan 3.1 h.)

Overnight into the 26th and during the morning, cold fronts spread areas of heavy rain E'wards, accompanied by gusty winds. As skies cleared behind the rain, showers developed in W areas of the British Isles. Showers continued during the across Scotland and Ireland, but elsewhere it was mainly dry and sunny especially in E areas of England. (Cardiff Bute Park 11.0C, Brizlee Wood 5.2C maximum, Altnahinch Filters 0.2C minimum, Achnagart 27.8 mm, Wattisham 8.0 h.)

Although pressure remained high across SE areas on the 27th it was a windy night and day across N areas of the British Isles; N and W areas of Scotland and Ireland had showers overnight although during the day precipitation, heavy at times, was mostly confined to NW Scotland. Rain spread into S Ireland and SW England later in the day which was rather cloudy away from the Channel Islands and East Anglia. (Tain Range 11.7C, Fylingdales 6.0C maximum, Exeter Airport -3.6C minimum, Kinlochewe 43.8 mm, Jersey Airport 7.1 h.)

A flow from the SW on the 28th led to a mild day in W areas of the British Isles, after a cool night under clear skies in E areas of England. There was some light rain overnight over parts of Ireland and W Scotland with further falls across many areas of Ireland and Scotland during the day, It was windy, with severe gales in N areas of Scotland. A foehn effect led to a new UK record high temperature for January of 19.6C at Kinlochewe. The previous record was 18.3C at Inchmarlo and Aboyne on 26 January 2003. (Kinlochewe 19.6C, Fylingdales 7.1C maximum, Writtle -1.7C minimum, Tyndrum 22.4 mm, Manston 7.2 h.)

Fronts over W areas of the British Isles, and a shallow low over SW England, were slow-moving on the 29th. Overnight it was mainly cloudy, with rain across N England and Ireland in particular. E Ireland, N England, Wales and S Scotland had spells of rain, and there was some snow on hills in N Scotland. The best of any sunshine was in W Ireland and N Scotland, with most of England and Wales remaining dull. (Bude 14.0C, Braemar 1.7C maximum, Loch Glascarnoch -2.4C minimum, Porthmadog 49.0 mm, Stornoway 5.0 h.)

The depression over W England early on the 30th moved away to the North Sea during the morning, accompanied by its rainfall after some heavy falls across S Scotland and N England. The day was largely dry, apart from some showers across NW Scotland and parts of W Ireland. S and Cent England gad a cloudy day elsewhere there were widespread, sunny spells. (Swanage 10.6C, Spadeadam 4.1C maximum, Braemar -8.8C minimum, Shap 12.6 mm, Kinloss 7.3 h.)

The 31st developed into a windy day across and W areas of the British Isles as a deep depression (storm Ingunn) moved NE'wards towards the Faeroes and N Norway. There was an air frost over Cent England and showery falls in NW Scotland overnight. During the day an area of widespread and heavy rain moved SE'wards followed by scattered showers. After a bright start in S and Cent England, most places turned cloudy ahead of the rainband. (Exeter Airport 13.0C, Braemar 6.8C maximum, Okehampton -3.6C minimum, Achnagart 44.4 mm, Wittering 2.1 h.)

British Isles weather, February 2024

A S'ward-moving cold front cleared S England by mid-morning on the 1st; to its rear there were clearer spells with patchy air frost Cent England, and some showers across N Scotland. The S half of the British Isles had spells of sunshine during the day; further N it was mainly cloudy with some showers over N Scotland. (Achnagart 13.0C, Leek 5.1C maximum, Benson -2.0C minimum, Kinlochewe 28.2 mm, Wisley 7.8 h.)

A decaying front pushed E'wards on the 2nd before fading, while cold fronts spread E'wards later affecting many areas by midnight. After some light rain overnight in NW Scotland it was a generally mild day and windy in many areas. It was a cloudy day in most areas, but any falls of frontal rain tended to be light away from NW Scotland. (Murlough 15.4C, Spadeadam 9.2C maximum, Exeter Airport 0.7C minimum, Achnagart 12.4 mm, Hawarden 6.1 h.)

Into the 3rd it was cloudy with some light rain in Wales and parts of S England tonight while there were heavier falls across N Ireland and W Scotland. During the day there were further falls across Wales and in S and Cent areas of England; Ireland and W areas of Scotland had further showery falls with the sunniest places being in NE England and E Scotland. It was a mild day across much of England. (Pershore College 15.9C, Braemar 5.2C maximum, Lerwick 1.3C minimum, Kinlochewe 16.0 mm, Leconfield 5.3 h.)

Into the 4th there was some rain over N and W Scotland with showery falls further S. It was a mostly mild night with minimum temperatures across S England widely above 10C. The day was mostly cloudy with heavy persistent rain, and snow on the highest ground, in N and W Scotland. The day remained mostly mild with some light rain or drizzle in the S half of the British Isles. (Pershore 14.9C, Baltasound 5.0C maximum, Lerwick 1.6C minimum, Cassley 30.4 mm, Aberdaron 2.1 h.)

There were strong winds in the N across Scotland into the 5th with frontal rain in many areas that was heavy in the N. Further S it was a mostly dry and mild night with the minimum temperature overnight at Valentia and Belmullet being 10.0C. During the day heavy rain continued across much of N and W Scotland, with snow over the hills at times. It was a largely cloudy day, mainly dry (away from some SW areas) and mild. Except in parts of East Anglia and Kent it was a dull day. (Murlough 12.9C, Kinbrace 1.3C maximum, Baltasound -1.1C minimum, Achnagart 103.4 mm, Shoeburyness 5.5 h.)

Low pressure centred to the NW of N Scotland early on the 6th moved E'wards to Norway, resulting in an area of rain across Scotland that pushed steadily S'wards over the British Isles during the day. By mid-evening the rain had reached S England. The rain across N Scotland turned to snow for a while, and was later followed by snow showers here during the day. It was a mild day in England, Wales and S Ireland although the only sunshine accompanied the showers during the day across Scotland. (Chertsey Abbey Mead 14.3C, Lerwick 1.9C maximum, Baltasound 0.3C minimum, Capel Curig 45.4 mm, Leuchars 6.3 h.)

Into the 7th outbreaks of rain continued to spread S'wards, becoming confined to S England and the Channel Islands by dawn. Elsewhere it was mostly dry with clearing skies, but with snow showers over N Scotland. Snow depths included 7 cm at Stornoway at 0300 GMT and 8 cm at Altnaharra at 0900 GMT overnight Scotland and NE Ireland had a widespread air frost. Much of the UK had a dry day as the main rain area in the S cleared away although there was some further rain in S Ireland and SW England later. Snow showers affected parts of N Scotland during the day, although there were long sunny spells away from S Wales and the S half of England. (Plymouth Kinterbury Point 11.9C, Stornoway 1.0C maximum, Braemar -4.9C minimum, Okehampton 33.0 mm, Dyce 7.8 h.)

Into the 8th there were outbreaks of rain that spread from the SW, turning wintry over the hills of N Wales and the Midlands. Further N it was cold with a widespread air frost across Scotland, and in the far N of England and Northern Ireland. There were some snow showers overnight over N Scotland. During the day the rain spread slowly N'wards, associated with a deep low to the W of Ireland (centre 966 mb at 1800 GMT). There was further snowfall across parts of Ireland, and in N Wales and N England; especially on higher ground. It was largely dry and bright in N Scotland, although there were some further snow showers here during the day. Snow depths included 6 cm at Stornoway and Altnaharra at 0000 GMT and 10 cm at Bingley at 1800 GMT. (Exeter Airport 13.6C, Altnaharra -1.3C maximum, Altnaharra -13.8C minimum, Killowen 46.6 mm, Lerwick 5.2 h.)

A front across N areas early on the 9th pushed rain and hill snow in Northern Ireland and N England into Scotland. Further S there were heavy spells of rain across Ireland, Wales and England due to further frontal systems. There was some air frost across areas of Scotland at first; during the day there were further wintry spells across Scotland while there were showers elsewhere under rather cloudy skies. It was a mild day in S England. Snow depths included 9 cm at Bingley at 0000 GMT and 6 cm at Kirkwall at 1200 GMT. (Exeter Airport 14.0C, Balmoral 0.8C maximum, Altnaharra -4.9C minimum, Pateley Bridge Ravens Nest 43.4 mm, Cork Airport 4.9 h.)

An area of low pressure moved from SW Ireland to SW England during the 10th (centre 984 mb over Cornwall at 1800 GMT). Overnight, N Scotland had some hill snow and persistent sleet and rain in the NE. Further S there were clearing skies with many areas seeing mist and fog patches by dawn. There was some further snow in parts of N Scotland during the day; other areas were cloudy with some showers, while further S there were spells of rain and some sunny periods but with heavier rain in SW England later. Snow depths included 2 cm at Aboyne at 0000 GMT and at Kirkwall at 0600 GMT. (Pershore College 12.7C, Lerwick 2.1C maximum, Katesbridge -0.9C minimum, Ballypatrick Forest 22.2 mm, Valley 7.5 h.)

As low pressure transferred E'wards into the 11th, this led to some heavy rainfall in E England; there were showery falls in W Scotland, Ireland and S England by dawn. During the day the rain area gradually become confined to the Northern Isles. The remainder of the UK had a mix of sunshine and scattered showers. (Gosport Fleetlands 13.0C, Balmoral 3.3C maximum, Loch Glascarnoch -3.1C minimum, Fylingdales 24.6 mm, Thomastown 5.9 h.)

E areas of the UK (away from the Northern Isles) were largely dry into the 12th and there were patches if air frost here in places. Overnight the showers became confined to western areas and were wintry on the hills of N Scotland. During the day it was windy across N Scotland due to low pressure to the W of NW Scotland; showers merged into longer spells of rain and hill snow over W Scotland. There were showers during the day over Ireland and parts of NW England but much of England had long periods of sunshine with little cloud. (Plymouth 12.1C, Dalwhinnie 4.4C maximum, Aboyne -4.1C minimum, Tyndrum 19.2 mm, Manston 9.1 h.)

There were showers overnight into the 13th across N Scotland and parts of SW England in particular, with further showers over the W half of the British Isles. Across Scotland some showers were wintry over high ground and these continued into the day. During the day there were scattered showers across NW Scotland while outbreaks of rain spread NE'wards across Ireland, Wales and S and Cent areas of England. There was little sunshine outside of Scotland while the rain brought milder air across S areas. (Exeter Airport 13.8C, Dalwhinnie 4.0C maximum, Fyvie Castle -1.8C minimum, Sennybridge 18.8 mm, Kinloss 7.8 h.)

Inland and Cent areas of Scotland had an air frost on the 14th; elsewhere it was a cloudy night with milder air in the S bounded by rain moving slowly N'wards across N England. During the day cloud and spells of showery rain continued to spread N'wards, with mild conditions across the S half of Ireland, Wales and England. There were a few wintry showers in N Scotland, which was also the only area with more than a few minutes of sunshine. (Hereford 16.6C, Braemar 3.8C maximum, Aboyne -4.2C minimum, Capel Curig 26.8 mm, Kirkwall 6.4 h.)

Temperatures remained above 10C into the 15th across most of England, Wales and Ireland. Araes of rain spread N'wards and E'wards, reaching N Scotland by dawn. During the day most areas, except East Anglia and neighbouring counties, had spells of rain that spread from the W largely clearing Ireland by the evening. There was some sunshine across Ireland and in S and E areas of England, and it was unusually mild across most of inland England and Wales. (Pershore College 18.1C, Lerwick 6.0C maximum, Baltasound -0.5C minimum, Shap 29.0 mm, Reading University 4.6 h.)

Into the 16th spells of rain moved into E England, clearing most other area with the exception of a few showers. Temperatures dropped as the rain cleared from the W. The rain in the E soon cleared away in the morning, although there were a few showery spells in W areas during the day. Most areas had some sunny intervals, especially in parts of N Scotland. Temperatures widely reached above 10C from S Scotland S'wards. (Weybourne 15.1C, Baltasound 6.4C maximum, Balmoral 1.6C minimum, Baltasound 10.6 mm, Stornoway 6.2 h.)

The 17th saw frontal cloud and rain spreading E'wards, eventually reaching all E areas of the UK by mid-evening. The thickening cloud gave most places a sunless day with some early mist and fog patches, but a weak warm sector did lift the temperatures for a while in most areas. Cloudy skies prevented the temperature from dropping too quickly in the evening. (Nantwich 15.1C, Lerwick 5.8C maximum, Altnaharra -2.4C minimum, Porthmadog 28.6 mm, Kinloss 1.6 h.)

By dawn on the 18th the rain was mostly confined to S and Cent England, with a few showers elsewhere. It was a mild night in all areas and it was a very mild day in Cent S England and the Midlands in particular. W areas of the British Isles had a few showers during the day; elsewhere, away from the E coast of England, it was quite sunny in many places. (Gosport Fleetlands 16.8C, Lerwick 7.9C maximum, Fyvie Castle 1.8C minimum, Tibenham Airfield 30.8 mm, Leuchars 7.2 h.)

A cold front crossed the British Isles from W to E by midday on the 19th. Rainfall amounts were generally low, especially in S areas and, as pressure rose from the S during the day, there were sunny intervals in most areas. There were showers during the day in some parts of NW Scotland and an area of more general rain moved E'wards into N Scotland during the afternoon. (St James Park 14.5C, Dalwhinnie 7.7C maximum, Fyvie Castle 1.8C minimum, Achnagart 19.2 mm, Wittering 6/0 h.)

Into the 20th it was generally cloudy, away from E areas of England, as a band of rain moved into SW England, Wales, N England and Scotland by dawn. The rain area moved only slowly SE'wards during the day but the sunniest areas tended to be across N Scotland, despite some blustery showers here. It was a mild day, especially away from coastal areas. (Hawarden 14.9C, Sennybridge 8.4C maximum, South Newington 2.0C minimum, Capel Curig 30.0 mm, Lerwick 4.4 h.)

It was a mild night into the 21st S of a line Belmullet-Hull, with cooler conditions under clear skies further N. By dawn rain had spread from the SW along with strengthening winds, affecting all but Cent and N Scotland. The rain spread N'wards and E'wards during the day, clearing most of Ireland by midday and most of the UK by late evening. It was a cloudy day across most of England and Wales, with sunny periods in most other areas. (Rhyl 15.1C, Lerwick 7.4C maximum, Aboyne -1.7C minimum, Cardiff Bute Park 32.2 mm, Edinburgh Gogarbank 4.0 h.)

Into the 22nd a band of showery rain spread SE'wards across Scotland, heavy at times and wintry over the hills in Scotland and parts of Ireland. By dawn rain was falling across much of England and Wales, except in East Anglia and adjacent counties. Heavy, showery rain became confined to the SE of England during the day, along with gusty and squally winds. There were bright spells and blustery showers elsewhere, with some wintry falls over high ground in the N and W. There were more than half a dozen flood warnings in place across the West Midlands region after heavy rain here. Rail services in Shropshire, Worcestershire and Wolverhampton were cancelled due to flooded tracks and some schools in Worcestershire and Shropshire were closed. (Wisley 12.6C, Dalwhinnie 2.4C maximum, Aboyne -0.8C minimum, Gogerddan 26.6 mm, Kinloss 7.9 h.)

Low pressure towards the N on the 23rd pushed some troughs and weak fronts from the W across many areas. Overnight there was a slight ground frost in many areas and an air frost in NE Scotland. There were showers in many W areas, which turned wintry over the hills as far S as Wales and N England. During the day there were sunny spells in any areas, especially in E parts of Britain, with further showers in W areas, which again were wintry over some hills. (Kew Gardens 10.7C, Liscombe 3.8C maximum, Aboyne -6.2C minimum, Okehampton 17.6 mm, Boulmer 7.7 h.)

Into the 24th there was a widespread air frost over inland areas of Britain, with showers over W areas and across Ireland; these were wintry over some N hills. After widespread mist and some fog over many parts of England by dawn, showers over SW areas of England and Wales moved E during the day. Most areas had sunny periods during the day, especially in the E of Britain. There were one or two snow showers over Scottish hills. (Killowen 12.0C, Tyndrum 4.6C maximum, Aboyne -6.4C minimum, Herstmonceux 8.2 mm, Waddington 8.7 h.)

The 25th dawned with mist and fog patches over many areas of England and with a widespread air frost over inland Britain. Low pressure to the W of S Ireland pushed frontal rain across S Ireland and into the Channel Islands and SW England by dawn. During the day wet and windy conditions spread E across Wales and S England as the depression centre moved towards Brest (centre 983 mb) by 1800 GMT. There were a few showers during the day across Scotland and widespread sunny spells away from the rain in the S. (Bridlington 12.8C, Lake Vyrnwy 4.1C maximum, Braemar -8.0C minimum, Camborne 27.6 mm, Dyce 8.8 h.)

Low pressure over N France on the 26th led to a wet and windy night in S England, and there were a few showers in N and NW areas of the UK. Inland areas of Scotland had an air frost, as did parts of N England. Cloud, rain and strong winds were slow to clear SE England in the morning. Elsewhere, it was mostly dry with sunny spells and isolated showers, mostly in E Scotland and NE England. (Chivenor 10.7C, Brizlee Wood 4.3C maximum, Auchincruive -3.0C minimum, Herstmonceux 18.0 mm, Glasgow 8.9 h.)

Into the 27th it was clear with an air frost in inland areas of S Scotland, and in parts of Wales, N and Cent England. Much of England had early mist and fog patches, while fronts brought rain into Ireland and W Scotland. This rain spread E'wards during the day and evening across most areas. It turned milder behind the rain in W areas. Across N Scotland there were some blustery showers, which were wintry over high ground. (Plymouth 12.0C, Fylingdales 5.8C maximum, Redesdale Camp -3.5C minimum, Kinlochewe 18.4 mm, Manston 6.5 h.)

Into the 28th it turned drier with mist and fog across many parts of England and Wales. In N and W areas of the British Isles cloud and rain spread E'wards; most areas of the British Isles avoided an air frost. The mist and fog cleared in the morning while the rain spread E'wards during the day most areas had a sunless day as a result, except for extreme E parts of England and Scotland. (Exeter Airport 13.1C, Inverbervie 7.3C maximum, Topcliffe -0.6C minimum, St Bees Head 17.0 mm, Edinburgh Gogarbank 4.1 h.)

Into the 29th spells of heavy rain moved SE'wards overnight. It turned wet with gusty winds in S areas by dawn but in N areas it turned clearer with a few showers. During the day the rain was mostly confined to East Anglia and SE England and it lingered into the evening here in some E areas. It was drier with brighter spells in the N and blustery showers in the W Scotland with some wintry falls over high ground. (Manston 13.2C, Dalwhinnie 5.2C maximum, Dalwhinnie 0.8C minimum, Kinlochewe 25.6 mm, Leuchars 8.4 h.)

British Isles weather, March 2024

A depression crossed Ireland from the W on the 1st (centre 985 mb near Rosslare at 1800 GMT). By dawn associated frontal rain had fallen across Ireland, Wales and S areas of England, followed by showers. There was also additional rainfall over parts of NW Scotland later. Rain followed by showers spread across most areas of Ireland, Wales and England during the day with sunny spells in most areas away from N England and the N half of Ireland. Showers turned wintry in areas of Ireland, SW Scotland, NW England, Wales and the Midlands. (Chertsey Abbey Mead 10.3C, Pateley Bridge Ravens Nest 2.9C maximum, Braemar -6.4C minimum, Whitechurch 28.8 mm, Kinloss 9.5 h.)

On the 2nd the depression remained slow-moving over Wales and W areas of England. Areas of rain or showers affected many areas of the British Isles overnight, with an area of rain and hill snow moving W'wards overnight. The day was mostly cool and unsettled, with rain moving slowly N'wards across England into Scotland. Elsewhere there were showers and sunny spell, notably across Ireland. Snow fell from SW England through to the Midlands. There were also wintry showers over N and SW Scotland, NW England and N Wales. (Holbeach 10.1C, Pennerley 0.9C maximum, Altnaharra -5.2C minimum, Almondsbury 25.8 mm, Exeter Airport 5.1 h.)

On the 3rd the low pushed away NW'wards during the day, giving some showery falls of snow overnight across NW England, SW Scotland and over highest ground in Wales. With light winds, there was an air frost in many inland areas of England before dawn. Early mist and fog in these cold areas gave way to widespread sunny spells across England, although some E areas remained rather cloudy. There were a few showers across Scotland and Ireland at times. (Gosport Fleetlands 11.5C, Waddington 4.7C maximum, Benson -4.6C minimum, Wick Airport 13.6 mm, St Athan 9.4 h.)

Into the 4th showers in the W eased and clouds in the E moved NE'wards, leaving mainly clear skies. A few mist and fog patches formed by dawn; there was some rain over the Northern Isles and some rain in Ireland and SW England later. Inland areas of England and Scotland had a widespread air frost. During the day cloud, strengthening winds and spells of rain spread from the SW affecting much of W and Cent England by mid-evening. Much of Scotland, N England and East Anglia had a sunny day ahead of any cloud. (Chertsey Abbey Mead 12.5C, Lake Vyrnwy 6.1C maximum, Altnaharra -6.5C minimum, Cardinham 24.4 mm, Edinburgh Gogarbank 9.8 h.)

Pressure remained low close to W Ireland during the 5th and several fronts brought spells of rain and showers to E areas of the UK overnight and during the day. Another area of cloud and rain move NE'wards across the UK overnight and during the morning. Some early mist and fog across Britain soon lifted to give sunny spells away from E areas of England, where some showers lingered during the day. There were also some blustery showers across Ireland during the day. (Usk No.2 13.4C, Lerwick 5.8C maximum, Lentran -0.4C minimum, Otterbourne Water Works 14.8 mm, Aberdaron 9.2 h.)

Into the 6th any air frost was mostly confined to Wales and W areas of England, while further E it was cloudier. There were also a few showers at first across parts of Scotland and Ireland. During the day it was cloudy with patchy rain in some NE areas. There were also a few showers across S Ireland and SW England during the day with widespread mist forming across England and Wales in the evening. Away from the E there were long, sunny intervals in many areas. (Porthmadog 14.2C, Balmoral 4.5C maximum, Sennybridge -3.2C minimum, Thorney Island 10.0 mm, Aberdaron 9.7 h.)

A brisk S/SE'ly flow dominated the weather on the 7th which was a mostly dry day apart for some patchy rain overnight across Ireland and during the day in the Northern Isles. E areas remained rather cloudy; it was sunnier elsewhere, especially over the Channel Islands. (Wiggonholt 13.7C, Lake Vyrnwy 4.6C maximum, Loch Glascarnoch -4.6C minimum, Fair Isle 1.0 mm, St Helier 10.5 h.)

The 8th was another mostly dry day, apart for some showery rain over E areas of Scotland and N England, while some frontal rain spread NE'wards into the Channel Islands in the evening. It was a sunny day over East Anglia, the Midlands and S England. It was a cool day in E areas. (Wiggonholt 12.6C, Balmoral 4.0C maximum, Aviemore -1.8C minimum, Morpeth Cockle Park 3.0 mm, Manston 9.7 h.)

N'ward-moving fronts associated with low pressure close to Biscay into the 9th led to some early rain in S Ireland, SW England and the Channel Islands; elsewhere the night was dry, with a slight air frost in parts of N Scotland. During the day the sunniest locations were across N Scotland and East Anglia, as frontal cloud spread to most areas. Rain was mostly confined to the Channel Islands and SW England although scattered falls of rain or showers occurred as far N as Cent Scotland by the evening. There was widespread mist in the evening. (Northolt 14.6C, Braemar 3.2C maximum, Altnaharra -2.0C minimum, Okehampton 24.0 mm, Weybourne 8.4 h.)

Into the 10th longer spells of rain spread into N and E areas of England, and there were lighter falls across Ireland and in E Scotland. Away from the rain it was mostly misty. The day was mostly cloudy with spells of rain and showers moving N'wards and W'wards; there was some snow over northern Scottish hills. It turned brighter with some sunny intervals later in SW England. (Plymouth 13.7C, Braemar 3.6C maximum, Baltasound 0.9C minimum, Winterbourne No.2 21.6 mm, Stornoway 4.8 h.)

Into the 11th it was mostly cloudy, although N England and Scotland were largely clear of the rain and showers that affected most other areas. The day was mostly cloudy, away from SW England and the Channel Islands. It was a mostly dry day, but later areas of more general and longer spells of rain spread into W Scotland and across much of Ireland -as a depression moved towards the W coast of Ireland into the evening. (Milford Haven 13.2C, Balmoral 4.4C maximum, Aviemore 0.2C minimum, Harris Quidnish 5.0 mm, Bude 4.3 h.)

Overnight into the 12th rain across N and Cent Scotland quickly moved N and E, being confined to the Northern Isles by dawn. Further S, rain tended to cleared Ireland by dawn, spreading across Wales and into S Scotland and much of England. The day was generally cloudy, away from parts of E Ireland and NW Scotland, as the rain over England pushed away E'wards and NE'wards as a warm sector developed over S areas by the evening. (Exeter Airport 15.7C, Braemar 5.6C maximum, Lentran 1.5C minimum, Sennybridge 26.0 mm, Kinloss 4.9 h.)

The warm sector reached the Northern Isles by dawn on the 13th although an associated cold front then spread across most of Scotland and Ireland, SE'wards, by the evening. Overnight, it was mostly cloudy with frontal rain across Ireland and Scotland. During the day this rain spread SE'wards into S Ireland, N Wales and N England, with brighter spells and some blustery showers further to the N. It was a mild day in the warm sector ahead of the rain, after a night when minimum temperatures remained above 10C across much of England and S Wales. (Coningsby 15.4C, Loch Glascarnoch 7.1C maximum, Balmoral 4.2C minimum, Capel Curig 93.6 mm, Kinloss 7.0 h.)

Overnight into the 14th the S'ward-moving cold front stagnated across Cent Ireland and S Scotland, with mostly dry and mild conditions to the S; rainfall most mostly confined to Ireland, S Scotland, N Wales and N England. S Scotland, and N areas of England and Ireland, had further heavy falls of rain during the day, although there were also showers falls I many other areas. East Anglia and parts of N Scotland had the best of the sunshine, while temperatures widely reached 15C SE of a line Hull-Dorset. (St James Park 18.1C, Edinburgh Gogarbank 6.3C maximum, Drumnadrochit 1.9C minimum, Eskdalemuir 45.2 mm, Weybourne 5.7 h.)

Shallow areas of low pressure pushed NE'wards across Scotland on the 15th, with widespread rain at first across Ireland and Scotland, N England and N Wales. Further S and E there were some showers, which continued at times during the day. It remained cloudy across Scotland; the best of the sunshine was across S and Cent England with temperatures widely reaching 15-17C in Cent England and East Anglia. (Santon Downham 17.2C, Balmoral 5.6C maximum, Dalwhinnie 1.0C minimum, Capel Curig 19.0 mm, Brize Norton 5.8 h.)

A weak ridge of high pressure dominated the weather for much of the 16th although some frontal showers affected parts of E England and there was some light rain in N Scotland. Much of Scotland and Northern Ireland had a widespread inland air frost. By dawn frontal rain had pushed NE'wards into Cornwall and this then spread across much of Ireland, Wales, W and N England and S Scotland by the evening. Ahead of the rain much of Scotland and E England had a sunny day. (North Wyke 14.3C, Fair Isle 5.5C maximum, Resallach -4.3C minimum, Murlough 27.6 mm, Lerwick 9.1 h.)

A mainly cloudy, SW'ly flow, dominated conditions on the 17th. There was some snowfall over Scottish hills for a time as rain arrived from the S. The main rain area had largely cleared away to the E of the UK by midday, with showers and sunny periods following. Temperatures widely reached 16C S of a line Liverpool-Hull across England, except in the far SE corner of England where the rain was slow to clear. Showery falls continued in many parts of Scotland during the day. (Exeter Airport 17.3C, Lerwick 6.4C maximum, Aboyne 1.2C minimum, St Athan 25.2 mm, Bude 5.4 h.)

Into the 18th there were showery falls across Ireland parts of W Scotland, England and Wales. Further E it was largely dry, with some fog patches by dawn. The day was sunny in most areas, although S England was rather cloudy with some drizzle. Cloud and rain pushed into Ireland in the morning, later spreading in the evening into Scotland, Wales and SW England with windy conditions developing in the NW. (Cardiff Bute Park 16.5C, Baltasound 8.0C maximum, Altnaharra -0.2C minimum, Tyndrum 7.6 mm, Kirkwall 10.0 h.)

The 19th saw frontal cloud spread E'wards across all areas; however, falls were mostly light after dawn which followed a mild night over England and Wales. Most areas had a mixture of sunshine and patchy cloud, but another area of rain spread into Ireland, Wales and SW England in the evening. (Coningsby 16.8C, Loch Glascarnoch 7.6C maximum, Cassley 6.1C minimum, Achnagart 18.2 mm, Leconfield 7.5 h.)

Into the 20th rain affected much of England, Wales and Ireland, but in many areas falls were slight, especially across E and S England. Clearer skies led to a cool night across N and Cent Scotland, but in S and Cent England temperatures remained above 10C all night. The rain weakened as it moved away NE'wards, but it remained rather cloudy in many places with N Scotland and N and W areas of Ireland seeing the best of the sunshine. SE of a line Norwich-Dorset temperatures widely reached 16C away from the coasts. (Charlwood 18.8C, Salsburgh 6.0C maximum, Kinbrace 0.1C minimum, Bala 19.2 mm, Loch Glascarnoch 8.0 h.)

Into the 21st rain was largely confined to N Ireland and W Scotland, as fronts arrived here from the W. The rain reached E Scotland by dawn, while mist and fog patched were widespread across England and Wales by this time. During the day the rain pushed SE'wards with falls across Ireland and N England by the evening. Elsewhere it was mostly cloudy, but another mild afternoon followed in SE England. (Kew Gardens 17.7C, Lake Vyrnwy 8.5C maximum, Resallach 0.4C minimum, Achnagart 19.0 mm, Heathrow 4.8 h.)

Low pressure to the N of Scotland during the 22nd led to a breezy day in all areas, and the system pushed a cold front SE'wards across England and Wales during the morning. Falls of rain from the front were mostly light across England, and showers then followed the rain in N and W areas. These showers were wintry over the hills of Scotland and N England in places, and produced a few sferics over parts of S Scotland and E Ireland in the afternoon. Many parts of Ireland, S Scotland and S Scotland had a very sunny day. (Pershore 14.5C, Dalwhinnie 5.6C maximum, Dalwhinnie 1.4C minimum, Kinlochewe 23.2 mm, Boulmer 10.7 h.)

The 23rd remained quite windy, especially in N areas, and there were widespread showers overnight across Scotland, Ireland, Wales and W England which fell as snow over high ground in Wales and Scotland. The showers were widespread during the day, with scattered sferics in many areas of S England and East Anglia in particular. The showers also fell as hail in places (and as snow over high ground in parts of Scotland) although prolonged sunny spells were also widespread across Ireland and England. (St James Park 12.1C, Blencathra 6.2C maximum, Altnahinch Filters 0.6C minimum, Cassley 25.2 mm, Almondsbury 8.5 h.)

Winds eased during the 24th and the night was largely dry away from N Scotland, where there were also some wintry showers over the hills. The day was mostly dry, although there were more showers in N Scotland, wintry on the hills. It was a mostly sunny day over England, Wales and S Scotland although frontal cloud pushed into W Ireland by midday and by late evening this had spread across Ireland and into Wales and SW England. 11 mm of rain fell at Valentia during 0600-1800 GMT. (St James Park 14.5C, Braemar 6.3C maximum, Spadeadam 0.3C minimum, Fyvie Castle 15.8 mm, Morecambe 11.3 h.)

Low pressure to the W and SW of Ireland during the 25th led to another unsettled day. Overnight and into the morning rain spread across Ireland and Wales, and into the W half of England. The day dawned dry and bright in pats of East Anglia and it remained largely dry here, if cloudy later. Elsewhere there were spells of rain and showers during the day, the showers becoming wintry over high ground in Scotland. It was a sunny day across parts of N Scotland. People had to be rescued from flooded vehicles later in the day after heavy rain, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said. Great Western Railway said that flooding had also impacted the line between Par and Newquay. (Weybourne 13.3C, Balmoral 3.1C maximum, Kinbrace -2.6C minimum, Ballypatrick Forest 40.4 mm, Stornoway 9.5 h.)

Pressure remained low on the 26th across SW parts of the British Isles. N Scotland had spells of heavy rain and some snow over high ground before dawn. Rain and showers also fell before dawn across Ireland, Wales and SW England; inland areas of N and Cent Scotland had an air frost. Many areas were cloudy during the day with the sunniest places being in parts of NW Scotland, East Anglia and SW England. Other areas of S England were rather wet at times and frontal rain affected many areas of England during the day. Further wintry showers affected high ground in N Scotland during the day. (Cambridge NIAB 16.0C, Brizlee Wood 3.8C maximum, Altnaharra -6.9C minimum, Alice Holt Lodge 16.6 mm, Stornoway 10.0 h.)

Into the 27th heavy and persistent rain moved N'ward, turning to sleet and hill snow across many parts of Scotland. It was windy in the W of the British Isles overnight with heavy and thundery downpours in the SW. This was fronts caused by a depression to the W of Ireland (pressure was 964 mb over W Ireland around dawn). Much of Scotland remained cloudy during the day with N Scotland having spells of persistent rain and hill snow. Elsewhere a band of rain moved NE'wards from the SW, followed by blustery showers and bright spells. (Weybourne 13.4C, Aviemore 1.8C maximum, Kinbrace -2.6C minimum, Ballypatrick Forest 68.4 mm, Wisley 7.8 h.)

An area of low pressure pushed E'wards into the 28th (centre 963 mb to the W of Cornwall at 1200 GMT) and then moved N'wards through Wales during the day. This brought areas of heavy and persistent rain across Wales and S and Cent England overnight and then into the day. There was also heavy rain overnight in Northern Ireland with variable cloud and showers elsewhere. Motorists in Devon were urged to drive with extreme care after snow fell overnight. Snow settled in several areas of the county, including Plymouth, Ivybridge, north Devon and Dartmoor. The heavy rain and hill snow clear Wales and SW England during the morning, with heavy showers following. These showers were thundery in places, and included a marked line of sferics that moved from Salisbury to Huntingdon in the afternoon. The rain in Northern Ireland soon eased, and away there were widespread showers and sunny spells in other areas. It was a windy day in many areas; along the English Channel this led to sailing disruptions. (Hull East Park 12.5C, Braemar 5.0C maximum, Braemar -2.1C minimum, Larkhill 44.8 mm, Boulmer 5.1 h.)

Low pressure centres and associated fronts and troughs across the British Isles on the 29th brought spells of rain and showers to most areas of the British Isles at times overnight or during the day. Overnight there was some heavy and persistent rain in N Scotland while heavy showers spread into SE England later. There were further heavy showers in many places during the day although many parts of Scotland remained dry. There were sunny spells in most areas. (Santon Downham 14.9C, Lerwick 8.4C maximum, Derrylin Cornahoule -2.3C minimum, Glasgow 17.6 mm, Boulmer 8.6 h.)

Into the 30th the showers tended to ease off although some lingered across parts of Scotland and W England. Under clearer skies it was a cool night across parts of N and Cent Scotland. Daytime brought further scattered showers over the W half of the British Isles, but some long spells of sunshine in E areas. It was a mild day in the sunny areas, but the evening saw an area of more general rain reaching SW England. (Northolt 16.8C, Braemar 8.9C maximum, Altnaharra -5.3C minimum, Altnaharra 12.0 mm, Kirkwall 11.4 h.)

Overnight into the 31st patches of mist and fog, along with low cloud, affected many E areas, while some heavy showers affected SW England and Ireland; 10 mm fell in the 12 hours ending 0600 GMT at Roches Point. Under clearer skies there was an air frost in many parts of N, E and Cent Scotland. It was a mostly cloudy day in E and S England, but there were some long sunny spells elsewhere. A few showers across East Anglia moved into the Midlands, while another area of rain gave some showery outbreaks across S England which were heavy in parts of SW England. Parts of Ireland also had showery outbreaks. (Wiggonholt 17.9C, Lake Vyrnwy 8.0C maximum, Altnaharra -4.2C minimum, Isles of Scilly 15.2 mm, Boulmer 11.1 h.)

British Isles weather, April 2024

Pressure remained low across Cent and S areas of the British Isles on the 1st with some prolonged spells of heavy rain across parts of S Ireland, England and Wales overnight. Further N there were a few showers with an air frost in parts of N and Cent Scotland. During the day cloud and rain pushed N'wards, followed by some heavy showers in S areas; these fell as hail in some places. Ahead of the rain N Scotland had a few showers and sunny intervals, although the best of the sunshine was across S areas of the UK. There were some sferics in the afternoon and evening across S and Cent areas of England. (Cambridge NIAB 16.3C, Salsburgh 5.5C maximum, Altnaharra -3.7C minimum, Cardiff Bute Park 18.8 mm, Odiham 8.1 h.)

Frontal systems led to rain and showers across N and S areas of the British Isles overnight into the 2nd, with some heavy rain affecting SW England. During the day, some showery falls affected the S half of England and Wales, while across N and E Scotland there was some further frontal rain, which turned wintry on some N hills in Scotland. (Writtle 16.5C, Lerwick 5.4C maximum, Derrylin Cornahoule -0.6C minimum, Craibstone No.2 27.6 mm, Thomastown 7.2 h.)

On the 3rd an area of low pressure pushed N'wards from S of Ireland up the Irish Sea to NW England, then across N England into the North Sea. It was a mild night over England, Wales and S Ireland with falls of frontal rain here. There were also separate falls across N Scotland, with some wintry falls in N Scotland on the hills. The day was rather cloudy with rain across E and S Scotland and N England, in particular. The best of any sunshine was in the Channel Islands, S Ireland and on Shetland. Many places had a rather dull day, and some snow fell at low levels in N Scotland later in the day. (Weybourne 15.6C, Loch Glascarnoch 3.9C maximum, Loch Glascarnoch 2.4C minimum, Morpeth Cockle Park 33.6 mm, Lerwick 4.4 h.)

Into the 4th there were falls of frontal precipitation in many areas - mostly showery in nature and with some wintry falls in parts of N Scotland. In parts of S and Cent England and Wales the falls were heavy in places - but it was a mild night here and in S Ireland. During the day rain was largely confined to S parts of Ireland, Wales and England - and it turned windy in SW areas due to a deep low located to the SW of Ireland. It was a rather cloudy day in all areas, but temperatures reached 16C in and around parts of East Anglia. (Writtle 17.4C, Altnaharra 3.5C maximum, Tyndrum 0.4C minimum, Pershore College 19.8 mm, Lerwick 5.8 h.)

Frontal rain spread N'wards into the 5th across Ireland, Wales and England and into Cent Scotland. It was a windy night with some heavy falls across N areas of England and Ireland, and in S Scotland. By dawn the rain had reached N Scotland, having given falls of snow over parts of N England and Scotland as it ran into colder air. Showers followed the rain in S Britain. During the day, the rain was largely confined to Scotland, with some snow over higher ground. It was windy, and mild in E and Cent areas of England - although rather cloudy in most areas. (Santon Downham 19.0C, Braemar 4.1C maximum, Fyvie Castle -1.4C minimum, Glasgow 34.6 mm, Herstmonceux 5.8 h.)

A deep area of low pressure, storm Kathleen, located to the W of Ireland on the 6th (centres of 953 mb and 955 mb at about 15W at 1200 GMT, and pressure close to 976 mb at Belmullet at this time) led to a windy day in most areas, but especially across the W half of the British Isles and around coastal areas. A warm sector spread N'wards into N Scotland by dawn before a following cold front moved SE'wards across most areas by mid-evening. This led to an early spell of rain across Ireland, Wales, Scotland and N England overnight - followed by showery falls across Ireland and W Britain, but with mostly dry conditions in E England until the evening. Dozens of flights were cancelled as Storm Kathleen brought strong winds to parts of the British Isles; about 70 flights departing and arriving at UK airports before midday were cancelled. Rail and ferry services were also affected in Scotland. Coastal areas in Ireland were also hit by high winds. Parts of Scotland also experienced very high wiinds, with a gust of 98 mph recorded at the summit of Cairngorm. P&O Ferries cancelled ferry services travelling between Larne in Northern Ireland and Cairnryan in Scotland. Ferry services to and from the Isle of Man were also disrupted. The strong winds also led to sports matches being rearranged. It was a very mild day in much of E England. (Santon Downham 20.9C, Lerwick 9.7C maximum, Braemar 3.7C minimum, Harris Quidnish 22.2 mm, Waddington 6.3 h.)

The low pressure area remained centred to the W of the British Isles on the 7th. The day dawned after a dry and mild night in much of England, Wales and S Ireland (temperatures remaining above 10C in parts of SE England and East Anglia), while W areas had widespread blustery showers and more general rain in places. The day was windy with sunshine and scattered showers - although much of England, away from N areas, remained dry. It was a sunny day in many E areas of the UK. The storm disruption continued today, with rail and ferry services affected in W Scotland. Ferries from Oban, Ardrossan, Ullapool and many island services were cancelled, while others faced delays. ScotRail said it was unable to run trains from Largs, Ardrossan and Kilwinning, and also Helensburgh and Dunbarton due to severe weather. (Weybourne 178C, Dalwhinnie 9.0C maximum, Cassley 3.0C minimum, Libanus 23.4 mm, Edinburgh Gogarbank 10.8 h.)

On the 8th the depression to the NW of Scotland pushed NE'wards, skirting the Northern Isles to the N. Later in the day a depression pushed NE'wards into SW England (centre 987 mb over Cornwall by 1800 GMT). Overnight showery rain in SW England and the Midlands gave way to clear spells while rain and showers were affected parts of Ireland, Wales, N England and Scotland by dawn. It was a sunny day in areas of Scotland and SE England - but frontal rain affected many other areas (especially Ireland) at times during the day; these were heavy and thundery at times in the evening in the extreme SE of England as some rain spread into this area from the SW. In the evening, an exceptionally high tide combined with strong winds caused problems in parts of the UK. One person was taken to hospital after a West Sussex caravan park was evacuated; many coastal roads were left impassable in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight and rail services in Bristol and at Lymington Pier, Hampshire, were also hit by flooding. A higher than normal tide on the Humber Estuary left a Lincolnshire attraction submerged and a beach cafe in Falmouth, Cornwall lost a seating area and three of its beach huts were dragged into the sea. (Kew Gardens 19.1C, Glenanne 8.0C maximum, Lough Fea 1.7C minimum, Killowen 16.4 mm, Kirkwall 10.2 h.)

The low centre moved on the 9th from Somerset to the E Midlands (centre 994 mb) by 0600 GMT, and then to the E of Aberdeen by 1200 GMT. This led to some heavy rain over Wales, N England and S Scotland by dawn with lesser falls in many other S and Cent areas of the British Isles; some snow was reported across areas of Wales. It was windy in S areas overnight and in other areas to the S and W of the centre as it moved N'wards. During the day, the heavy rain gradually became confined to areas of E Scotland - it turned brighter from the SW with long spells of sunshine across Ireland, SW England and the Channel Islands; St Helier recorded 11.0 h of bright sunshine. W Scotland remained largely dry during the day. (Gosport Fleetlands 14.0C, Balmoral 6.4C maximum, Libanus 0.9C minimum, Capel Curig 40.2 mm, Camborne 9.7 h.)

Overnight into the 10th a ridge of high pressure developed from the SW across the British Isles before a warm front started to spread rain across W Ireland by dawn. There were a few showers overnight in NE Scotland with many E areas of the UK have a ground frost under broken cloud. During the day spread W, reaching the E coast of the UK by early evening - with all areas having a spell of rain as a result. The warmest conditions during the day were across E Ireland, behind the front, while all areas had a cloudy day - apart for some sunshine ahead of the frontal cloud in a few E areas of England. (Castlederg 15.7C, Fair Isle 8.7C maximum, Drumnadrochit -1.2C minimum, Achnagart 36.6 mm, Lerwick 5.9 h.)

The heaviest rain cleared away to the NE into the 11th, with a few showers further W before dawn. It was a mild night with minimum temperatures widely above 10C. A mild but windy day followed (especially in an and around East Anglia and SE England) and rainfall was mostly confined to Wales and Ireland, with later falls in S Scotland and N England due to a slow-moving front. The best of the sunshine was in E areas of the UK and in N Scotland. (Weybourne 20.1C, Fair Isle 11.1C maximum, Lerwick 6.8C minimum, Capel Curig 19.0 mm, Kinloss 10.1 h.)

Into the 12th cloud and rain spread across Ireland and into S Scotland and N England; elsewhere it was largely dry; despite clearing skies in places the day dawned largely mild across the British Isles. During the day there was some showery rain across Ireland, W Scotland and NW England - but it was mostly dry elsewhere. It was warm under a warm sector across England and Wales, and the best of any sunshine was to be found in the warm sector. (Northolt 21.5C, St Bees Head 9.6C maximum, Hereford 5.0C minimum, Tyndrum 17.0 mm, St Athan 10.3 h.)

Into the 13th an area of heavy and showery rain affected Northern Ireland and Scotland; there was cloud with patchy rain in parts of W England and Wales but clearer skies elsewhere with a few mist patches around dawn. During the day it was windy with heavy rain in Northern Ireland and Scotland, followed by showers later. It was cloudy with patchy rain in N England and Wales with variable cloud elsewhere as a weakening cold front pushed SE'wards across England during the day. It was a largely sunny day across Ireland, and in the far E and S areas of England (where it was also warm) ahead of the front. St Helier recorded 12.0 h of sunshine. (Writtle 21.8C, Stornoway 9.1C maximum, Bude 5.4C minimum, Stornoway 29.6 mm, Manston 11.4 h.)

Into the 14th showers continued in W Scotland, wintry over the hills. Clear spells developed elsewhere with just a few areas of cloud, mainly in the S. As fronts spread rain across W areas of the British Isles during the day the winds increased in speed. Much of England and Wales remained dry, apart for the odd light shower, and saw the best of the sunshine. (Holbeach 15.8C, Loch Glascarnoch 7.6C maximum, Aboyne 0.4C minimum, Achnagart 26.0 mm, Weybourne 9.5 h.)

On the 15th a depression moved E'wards to the N of Scotland into the North Sea. Overnight, rain and showers spread SE'wards across all areas, reaching SE England around dawn. It was a breezy night with further gusty winds at times during the day in many areas. The main area cleared E England during the morning and showers then affected most areas during the day. These were thundery across some E and S areas, with some wintry falls across higher ground in Scotland and N England. There were long sunny spells in most areas. Motorists faced disruption on roads across the East Midlands after heavy winds battered the region during the morning. There were numerous reports of fallen trees blocking roads, while flailing debris damaged houses and vehicles in Nottinghamshire. There were reports of possible tornado damage in Staffordshire. (Gosport Fleetlands 14.3C, Dalwhinnie 6.0C maximum, Dalwhinnie 0.7C minimum, Shap 29.0 mm, Aberdaron 9.9 h.)

Overnight into the 16th there were widespread blustery showers - although these led to only minor falls of rain in most areas. The showers tended to be heaviest in E areas of the UK, under fronts and troughs in a NW'ly airflow. A N'ly or NW'ly airflow persisted during the day with a mix of sunshine and scattered showers for most areas. It was a windy day for many at times, and the showers continued to be heaviest in E England. There were also some thundery outbreaks in the afternoon in parts of SE and E England, the Midlands (and later in NW England) associated with these showers. (Pershore 15.9C, Fair Isle 6.7C maximum, Altnaharra 1.2C minimum, Cardington 11.8 mm, St Athan 11.3 h.)

Pressure remained low to the E of the UK on the 17th but at midday was close to 1024 mb in SW Ireland. A cool, breezy day resulted. There were a few showers overnight, mostly across N parts of Ireland and in W Scotland, but by dawn many E areas of England had clear skies. Showers continued at times during the day - these were mostly slight except in some E areas of England, while across Ireland it was cloudier with some frontal rain. Many parts of Scotland and the E half of England had long spells of sunshine in between any showers. In the afternoon there were some sferics in East Anglia and the Midlands. (Pershore 14.4C, Loftus 6.8C maximum, Spadeadam 1.9C minimum, Fyvie Castle 8.4 mm, Stornoway 11.0 h.)

A high pressure centre persisted to the SW of Ireland throughout the 18th leading to a NW'ly flow across the British Isles. There was an overnight air frost where the skies cleared in places from N Scotland to the Midlands; frontal cloud over East Anglia for a time led to some rain here before dawn and some rain fell across N and W Scotland towards dawn. N areas of the UK were cloudy with spells of rain and showers during the day - with outbreaks as far S as the Midlands by early evening. This rain, mostly light and patchy, affected SE England in the evening, after a very sunny day in most places S of a line The Wash-Cardiff. (Leuchars 14.9C, Spadeadam 7.6C maximum, Shap -4.3C minimum, Resallach 26.4 mm, Exeter Airport 11.8 h.)

Frontal rain cleared away SE'wards before dawn on the 19th from East Anglia and SE England, with most places dawning cloudy with breezy conditions and no air frost as a result. There were some showery falls across Scotland and Ireland as a trough and a weakening cold front pushed S'wards here before dawn. During the day there were some sunny spells and scattered showers in many areas, particularly in E areas and in places with an onshore N'ly wind. There were a few sferics in the London area and in S parts of East Anglia in the early afternoon. It was a cool day on the Northern Isles. (Cardiff Bute Park 16.9C, Lerwick 4.8C maximum, Altnaharra 0.8C minimum, Leek 6.8 mm, Altnaharra 10.3 h.)

High pressure continued to dominate the weather on the 20th; the centre was 1031 mb over W Wales at 1200 GMT. Overnight there was an air frost as far S as the S Midlands, with a few patchy showers close to some North Sea coasts. A few showers continued here during the day, and there was some patchy light frontal rain over N Scotland. It was a very sunny day across much of Ireland and in W areas of England and Wales, but rather cloudier later further E. (Usk No.2 16.2C, Fair Isle 6.3C maximum, Shap -4.0C minimum, Wainfleet 1.4 mm, Aberporth 13.2 h.)

Continuing high pressure led to another generally dry day on the 21st. There was some weak frontal rain across Scotland overnight that pushed SE'wards during the day with some falls in N England later; a few showers also affected North Sea coastal locations. There was little air frost overnight, while the rain in the north introduced milder air across N and Cent Ireland and W Scotland. It was a sunny day across Ireland, and in SW England and the Channel Islands. (Castlederg 19.3C, Inverbervie 6.4C maximum, Katesbridge -1.0C minimum, Aviemore 5.0 mm, Thomastown 13.1 h.)

On the 22nd the anticyclone retreated a little towards the W, allowing frontal rain to affect areas of N and E England as the day developed. There was some air frost in parts of East Anglia, and under cloudy skies much of the E half of England had a cool day. It was sunny over SW Ireland, Cornwall and the Channel Islands, but also rather cloudy in other W areas of the UK. (Glasgow 16.5C, Fylingdales 6.8C maximum, Santon Downham -2.0C minimum, Fylingdales 11.6 mm, Manston 9.8 h.)

Overnight into the 23rd there was an air frost in parts of N and Cent Scotland; elsewhere there was patchy cloudy with widespread, mostly light, falls of showery rain across England. It was a mostly cool day in breezy N'ly winds, but it was largely dry - although there were some frequent showery falls in E areas of England, notably East Anglia. The sunniest places were to be found in Ireland and SW Scotland. (Mumbles Head 15.8C, Baltasound 6.6C maximum, Kinbrace -3.7C minimum, Wainfleet 5.2 mm, Thomastown 11.4 h.)

A cool, N'ly flow persisted on the 24th, leading to an early air frost in parts of Scotland and N England. Overnight it was largely dry, apart from some patchy showers over N England and East Anglia in particular. During the day it rather cool, despite sunny conditions in most areas; skies were rather cloudy in E areas of the UK with some isolated showers. (Plymouth 16.2C, Fylingdales 6.3C maximum, Eskdalemuir -2.1C minimum, Houghton Hall 4.0 mm, Glasgow 13.7 h.)

Into the 25th there were a few showers across areas of Scotland and NE England, which fall as light snow at low levels. Elsewhere was largely dry, with an inland ground frost in many areas. The day was cloudy in many areas away from W Scotland due to areas of frontal cloud, which led to patchy showers in many areas (notably over Ireland); these were wintry over some Scottish hills in the NE. (Frittenden 14.1C, Fylingdales 6.9C maximum, Sennybridge -2.1C minimum, Herstmonceux 6.0 mm, Stornoway 11.4 h.)

On the 26th a low pressure system remained close to the Cornish coast for much of the day. While many places in East Anglia and N'wards from Cent England had an air frost, cloudier conditions in the SW of the British Isles led to spells of rain and showers here before dawn. During the cool day there were scattered showers in many areas, but there was more general rain across S Ireland and SW areas of the UK later - these falls being heavy in places at times. A rare sighting of five funnel clouds forming over County Wicklow in the Republic of Ireland occurred over Wicklow Harbour in the morning. (Heathrow 14.7C, Braemar 7.0C minimum, Shap -6.3C minimum, Isles of Scilly 27.4 mm, Boulmer 11.8 h.)

On the 27th frontal rain across S England moved N'wards during the morning, and then largely petered out over Cent areas of England. There were some showers overnight across Scotland and there was a widespread inland air frost in N England, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Showers in N Scotland were wintry on the hills. Much of England and Wales had a cloudy day, with further rain - heavy in many places - pushing NW'wards across Cent S and SE England, East Anglia and the Midlands by late evening. The sunniest places were in SE Scotland and the far N of England while there some showers over W Scotland and Ireland. (Herstmonceux 15.5C, Libanus 6.1C maximum, Redesdale Camp -4.1C minimum, St Catherines Point 23.4 mm, Boulmer 13.2 h.)

During the 28th a depression moved steadily N'wards along the Greenwich meridian from the English Channel towards the seas to the E of Orkney. This led to falls of heavy rain across Cent and E areas of England, with lesser falls across E areas of Scotland later in the day. Clear skies led to an early air frost in E Ireland and in E and Cent Scotland. Much of England, away from W areas, had a rather cloudy day - as did E Scotland. During the day further frontal rain spread E across Ireland and into SW Scotland by mid-evening, by which times skies were beginning to clear across E England and SE Scotland. (Plymouth 14.9C, Aboyne 6.3C maximum, Braemar -5.2C minimum, Normanby Hall 30.4 mm, Prestwick 12.0 h.)

Overnight into the 29th a low pressure system to the SW of Ireland spread further rain across Ireland, Wales and SW parts of Scotland and England. There was some heavy rain across the Northern Isles, but by dawn skies had largely cleared over many E areas of the UK, resulting in a cool night here and an air frost in parts of E and Cent Scotland. During the day it was very sunny SE of a line Southampton-The Wash, but Scotland, Wales and Ireland (along with parts of W England) had increasing amounts of cloud followed by rain - associated with a depression close to N Ireland and W Scotland. In a S'ly flow, it was a warm day in the sunny area. (Iver Water Works 17.4C, Lerwick 9.4C maximum, Kinlochewe -2.3C minimum, Shap 35.4 mm, Manston 13.9 h.)

Pressure remained low over W areas of the British Isles into the 30th, leading to a cloudy night with some rain in places, particularly over areas of Wales. Further E it was a largely dry night - under clearing skies in some areas - while in SW England and S Wales overnight temperatures widely remained above 10C. There were some falls of rain across Wales and SW England during the day, but as the rain area moved E'wards falls tended to weaken. W Scotland and NW England also saw some falls, while onshore winds brought some light outbreaks to East Anglia. Elsewhere much of the E half of England had a sunny day, and it was warm in places here; elsewhere it was cloudier. (Hull East Park 20.2C, Liscombe 9.0C maximum, Santon Downham 1.9C minimum, Scolton Country Park 41.4 mm, Leconfield 13.2 h.)

British Isles weather, May 2024

Into the 1st there was some rain across Ireland, Wales and SW England for a while, which tended to weaken; further E it was largely dry with mist and fog forming in many E areas of England and E Scotland by dawn. The mist and fog patches were slow to clear in places and there were variable amounts of cloud in most areas during the day, accompanied by a few showers in NE Scotland, Wales and SW areas of England. Later in the evening there were some sferics moved in from the E into Kent and Sussex. (Santon Downham 22.1C, Inverbervie 9.9C maximum, Redesdale Camp 1.8C minimum, Winchcombe Sudeley Castle 8.6 mm, Stornoway 12.2 h.)

The 2nd dawned after a misty night in many places. Frontal systems brought outbreaks of rain across S England, the Channel Islands and many areas of Ireland. The rain in S areas was accompanied by intense thundery outbreaks, which petered out as the pushed NE'wards into SE Wales and the S Midlands by about 0700 GMT. Parts of East and West Sussex were hit by lightning strikes; four engines from East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service were called to a fire at two homes in Polegate, following a lightning strike. The roof of a care home in Elmer was damaged after being struck, while a university building in Chichester also sustained damage to its roof and power system. On Cassiobury Drive, Watford just before 0430 GMT, a fire was started by a lightning strike. National Rail said a storm in the early morning damaged the electricity supply between Westbury in Wiltshire, and Castle Cary in Somerset. Several roads in Devon were closed this morning due to fallen trees and flooding after heavy rainfalls. During the day there were long periods of sunshine in many areas from Norfolk to NW Scotland; Wales and much of the Midlands and S England was rather cloudy. It was a warm day in N Scotland and East Anglia, in particular; during the afternoon there were further sferics across Wales, while sferics also affected parts of the London area in the late evening. (Santon Downham 23.4C, Liscombe 8.5C maximum, Kinbrace 3.2C minimum, Chivenor 43.0 mm, Kirkwall 13.5 h.)

Away from parts of N Scotland the 3rd followed a mild night; there were some outbreaks of rain across Cent Ireland and in parts of S Wales, the Midlands and S England before dawn, with widespread mist at dawn in areas just to the N of the rain areas. The day was rather cloudy away from the Channel Islands and parts of N Scotland, and there were heavy showers in parts of S Scotland and in many Cent and S areas of Ireland, Wales and England. Sferics were reported over NE England and Norfolk around dawn with further outbreaks during the day across NE England and (more widely) in S Scotland. To the N of the rain area across England it was a warm day, especially in Scotland. (Dunstaffnage 23.1C, Sennybridge 8.6C maximum, Altnaharra -0.3C minimum, Gogerddan 20.2 mm, Lerwick 13.3 h.)

Into the 4th there were outbreaks of rain across S Scotland and the N half of England and Ireland; elsewhere there were varying amounts of cloud with some mist forming by dawn. Sferics occurred before dawn in parts of SE Scotland and Northumberland. During the day there were further light falls of rain in NW England, W and S Scotland and also across Ireland. S England and East Anglia, S Wales and the Channel Islands had a sunny day and, away from the rain areas, it was a mild day. (Kinlochewe 19.9C, Wick Airport 9.8C maximum, Exeter Airport 1.1C minimum, Helens Bay 12.2 mm, St Athan 13.7 h.)

Into the 5th there were cloudy skies with further patchy rain in Scotland, N Ireland and N England. There were clearer spells further S but it clouded over with some light rain in SW England and the Channel Islands by dawn. During the day it was cloudy across Scotland with showery rain; there were a few sferics in the afternoon in the E Highlands of Scotland. Showery rain affected SW England and S Wales, with a few falls in Cent S England later. E Ireland and N Wales had the best of the sunshine. (Hull East Park 20.8C, Lerwick 8.8C maximum, Sennybridge 0.4C minimum, Strathallan 33.4 mm, Aberdaron 13.3 h.)

The 6th followed a cloudy night in Scotland where there were some showery outbreaks of rain; these were locally heavy, particularly later. Showers faded in S England but by dawn some heavy rain was affecting areas of SE England. E Scotland and SE England had some heavy rain for a while, with scattered showers, some heavy, across England. The day was rather cloudy in most areas, with places around The Wash having the best sunshine. There were sferics in the afternoon in a few areas of Cent Scotland, N England, SW Midlands and SW England. Heavy rain during a thunderstorm led flash flooding in and around Leeds, with drivers abandoning cars and several roads being closed. Water was seen pouring onto the tracks at Horsforth railway station, with a wall on the platform left damaged. (Coton-In-The-Elms 21.2C, Lerwick 9.5C maximum, Sennybridge 3.1C minimum, Charlwood 30.4 mm, Weybourne 13.1 h.)

After some overnight rain into the 7th in parts of SE England, with very light falls in a few other areas, the day was mostly dry - albeit rather cloudy in many areas. Temperatures reached 20C in many places in the S half of England and Wales. (Ross-On-Wye 22.1C, Fair Isle 10.5C maximum, Cardington 3.5C minimum, Sheffield 3.2 mm, Dundrennan 12.5 h.)

The 8th dawned after a generally dry night, although there were widespread mist and fog patches by dawn across England, Wales and Ireland. It was a mild night for most with light winds. Under high pressure (1030 mb over E Essex at 1200 GMT) the day was mostly dry; it was cloudier in N and W Scotland and Northern Ireland with a few outbreaks of rain. (Wellesbourne 22.1C, Lerwick 10.5C maximum, Baltasound 2.1C minimum, Harris Quidnish 12.6 mm, Hurn 11.1 h.)

Into the 9th it continued to be cloudy with outbreaks of rain in N Scotland. It was mostly cloudy but drier elsewhere, with widespread mist across England by dawn. The day was mostly dry with hazy sunny spells although N areas were cloudy and there was some rain across parts of N Scotland. (St James Park 24.6C, Baltasound 10.3C maximum, Swyddffynnon 4.4C minimum, Tain Range 10.2 mm, Brize Norton 13.9 h.)

A ridge of high pressure led to a mostly dry day on the 10th (with an E'ly breeze across E England) although there were a few showery outbreaks at first across some N and NE areas of Scotland due to a passing warm front. After mist and a few fog patches cleared from England, Wales and Ireland in the morning, many areas had long spells of sunshine, although there were some cloudy spells over N England and N Scotland remained rather cloudy. There was a good auroral display overnight 10th-11th that was widely seen across the British Isles. 24C at The Phoenix Park in Dublin was the highest temperature recorded in Ireland so far this year; Mount Dillon recorded a high of 23.7C. (Ross-On-Wye 24.5C, Fair Isle 10.1C maximum, Baltasound 5.2C minimum, Fair Isle 4.2 mm, Wattisham 13.9 h.)

The 11th was another dry day in most areas; England, Wales and Ireland had some early mist or fog, but most areas of the British Isles then had a sunny day with over 10 h of bright sunshine. Away from the coasts temperatures generally rose to 20C and above, reaching 25C in a few locations, including Altnaharra. (Herstmonceux 25.9C, Cromer 12.4C maximum, Altnaharra 4.0C minimum, East Malling 0.2 mm, Exeter Airport 13.5 h.)

The 12th dawned after a mostly mild and dry night. The morning brought variable cloud and sunny spells and E areas of England tended to remain sunny. Sferics occurred in N Ireland during early afternoon; later in the afternoon they occurred over Wales and adjacent counties and in E Ireland, moving N'wards, tending to die out over N England and Cent Scotland in the evening. It was another warm day, especially in the Midlands and around London. (Chertsey Abbey Mead 27.5C, Fair Isle 10.9C maximum, Fylingdales 7.1C minimum, Ross-On-Wye 28.6 mm, Weybourne 13.9 h.)

Into the 13th there was some frontal rain and drizzle in parts of Ireland, with widespread cloud across the British Isles leading to a mild night generally. A band of cloud and heavy rain swept across most areas during the day from the SW, with only extreme E areas of Scotland and England staying dry by late evening. Sferics occurred over Shetland in the afternoon and in E Ireland in the evening. The dry areas in the E were the warmest places during the day. (Hull East Park 24.0C, Fair Isle 10.5C maximum, Aviemore 7.6C minimum, Dunkeswell 34.0 mm, Weybourne 12.4 h.)

On the 14th the rain continued to move E during the day, becoming slow-moving in E areas. A related depression remained slow-moving close to SW England (centre 989 mb to the W of Scilly at 1200 GMT). To the W of the rain areas there were showery falls; sferics were reported in parts of W Ireland in the afternoon and early evening before dying out. It was a rather cloudy day in most areas, and especially so from SW Scotland to East Anglia under the rain. (Kinloss 22.5C, Fair Isle 11.5C maximum, Derrylin Cornahoule 7.4C minimum, Gt Cumbrae Millport 19.4 mm, Kinloss 6.6 h.)

Low pressure to the SW of the UK continued to produce frontal rain on the 15th. Across the UK rain tended to ease overnight, but there were some heavier falls in S Ireland. Showery rain affected East Anglia, N England and the N Midlands during the day, with falls over parts of Ireland also. Some of these falls were thundery; sferics occurred in the afternoon in the NW Midlands, around the Channel Islands and in W Ireland; there were also a few in the evening in the Midlands. It was a sunny day across N Scotland, and also mild here and in Cent Scotland. (Achnagart 24.5C, Fair Isle 11.8C maximum, Castlederg 5.1C minimum, Leek 9.0 mm, Lerwick 15.5 h.)

Into the 16th some Cent and E areas parts of the UK had some light falls of frontal rain, with fog across East Anglia and misty conditions in other areas of the UK and E Ireland. During the day outbreaks of rain moved W'wards across E and Cent England and Wales, and into Ireland; these were heavy in places. Sferics occurred in Cent S England during late morning, spreading into SW England and Wales in the afternoon; they also became widespread across Ireland in the afternoon and evening. SW England, the Channel Islands and parts of N Scotland had prolonged sunny spells. The rain largely cleared from Wales in the late evening. (Altnaharra 25.0C, Fair Isle 12.4C maximum, Sennybridge 3.6C minimum, Nantwich 25.0 mm, Lerwick 15.7 h.)

Into the 17th there was some patchy mist and fog, and also light rain in parts of the UK, although Scotland and S England remained mainly dry. During the day there were a few isolated showers in places. Away from S Ireland and N England it was a mainly sunny day - and quite warm over E and Cent areas of England and in many parts of Scotland. There were a few sferics in parts of Kent and Surrey in the early evening. (Altnaharra 24.0C, Giants Causeway 12.7C maximum, Braemar 2.4C minimum, Lake Vyrnwy 5.4 mm, Kirkwall 14.9 h._

The 18th dawned after a mainly dry night, although an E'ly flow spread low cloud, mist and fog off the North Sea. Showery spells of rain affected parts of SE England at first; this spread W during the day. Sferics occurred in SW England during the late morning, and in Wales and parts of Cent and SW Scotland in afternoon; they died out in all areas in the evening but were associated with some heavy showery falls of rain. It was mostly dry by late evening, and rather warm over the UK despite rather cloudy skies in many areas. (Glasgow 25.3C, Altnahinch Filters 10.3C maximum, Braemar 3.9C minimum, Balmoral 24.0 mm, Morecambe 12.3 h.)

Into the 19th it was generally dry with clear spells in many areas, although it turned cloudy in N areas of Scotland. Mist and fog spread into east and central England. Some low cloud lingered during the day on some North Sea coasts and in N Scotland. A few showers developed in the W during the afternoon; sferics were reported over SW Scotland and S Ireland in the afternoon. Much of Ireland, Wales and England had a very sunny day with temperatures widely rising over 20C here in inland areas. (Levens Hall 24.5C, Fair Isle 11.5C maximum, Tulloch Bridge 3.7C minimum, Hurn 1.8 mm, Hawarden 15.0 h.)

Into the 20th a light E'ly surface flow allowed areas of thick low cloud, mist and fog to build back in across E parts of England and Scotland as well as in Ireland. The day was mostly dry, fine and warm once early low cloud and fog had cleared away NE'wards. There were some heavy showers in W Ireland, associated with sferics in NW Ireland around midday, which spread to much of Cent Ireland in the afternoon before dying out in the evening. 15 mm of rain fell at Connaught Airport in the 6 hours ending 1800 GMT. Much of Ireland, SW England, and many parts of N and E Scotland had a sunny day. (Chivenor 23.2C, Fair Isle 12.0C maximum, Altnaharra 3.0C minimum, Swanage 4.2 mm, Dyce 15.1 h.)

Before dawn on the 21st many areas of Ireland and E England had some showery falls. During the day there were sferics in Cent and SE Ireland in the morning, with occurrences in S Ireland, SW England, Wales, East Anglia in the afternoon. These heavy showers gave larger falls of rain in parts of Ireland and East Anglia; parts of SW England and W Scotland had the sunniest conditions and was warmest in these areas. (Achnagart 24.4C, Loftus 11.7C maximum, Kinbrace -1.1C minimum, High Beach 23.0 mm, Lerwick 15.4 h.)

It was generally cloudy and mild before dawn on the 22nd. An area of low pressure over the North Sea pushed slowly NW'wards towards the coast of Durham by early evening, spreading an area of rain across much of S, E and Cent England into N England and much of Scotland by the evening. The falls were heavy in parts of E and later N England, and in S Scotland. Ireland and N Scotland had a largely dry day but most areas were cloudy, except for the Channel Islands; St Helier recorded 12.2 h of sunshine. A young girl died in a mudslide on the edge of the North York Moors National Park during a period of very heavy rainfall. The mudslide happened at Carlton-in-Cleveland at about 1215 GMT. Emergency services were "inundated with calls" amid flash floods caused by heavy rain. Cleveland Fire Brigade said there had been flooding in several areas across Redcar and Cleveland. One resident in Easington described how cars had been trapped between impassable roads. Runswick Bay in North Yorkshire saw 58 mm of rain in 24 hours There was flooding on railway tracks that affected train services earlier between Birmingham International and Coventry railway stations. Flood alerts were in place in the Black Country, Staffordshire, and Worcestershire. (Merryfield 18.6C, Ballypatrick Forest 10.9C maximum, Tiree 7.0C minimum, Carlisle 65.6 mm, Lerwick 3.4 h.)

Into the 23rd there was further heavy rain in NW England, N Wales and W Scotland, with lesser falls elsewhere in Ireland, E Scotland and N England. The continuing heavy rain led to a major rail line between England and Scotland being closed due to flooding; National Rail said the West Coast Main Line between Carlisle and Lockerbie was blocked. Other rail services in S and Cent Scotland were also disrupted. There was a dull and damp dawn for many with further spells of rain in the N areas of England, Wales and in Scotland; these turned heavy again for parts of S Scotland. Much of Ireland and S and Cent areas of England and Wales had a mainly dry day, although it was a generally cloudy day away from the Channel Islands and some parts of SE England close to the English Channel. By the evening, hundreds of drivers were stuck on the Edinburgh Bypass which had to be closed in both directions. Commuters, long-distance trucks, airport traffic and unfortunate locals were at a standstill for hours in severe flooding. A month's worth of rain fell in a day and a half in Edinburgh with 111 mm recorded in the nearby Pentland hills and 95 mm in the Lammermuirs in East Lothian. (Frittenden 20.4C, Killylane 8.4C maximum, Killylane 6.7C minimum, Keswick 69.0 mm, Herstmonceux 10.2 h.)

The low pressure system close to or over E Scotland on the 24th slowly filled. Light rain continued to affect parts of Scotland and N England at first but during the day was mainly confined to areas of S Scotland. It was another rather cloudy day, except in parts of S Ireland and East Anglia, and in the Channel Islands. (Heathrow 19.9C, Ballypatrick Forest 11.1C maximum, Santon Downham 4.0C minimum, Edinburgh Botanic Gardens 21.4 mm, Shoeburyness 13.9 h.)

After a largely dry night into the 25th, there were showers (heavy in places) in parts of East Anglia due to a frontal system associated with low pressure over Holland. Light showers also affected parts of NE England, while another set of fronts spread rain across S and Cent Ireland, and Cornwall, by the evening - before reaching much of S and Cent England and Wales by midnight. The rain over N England, meanwhile, spread into S Scotland by the end of the day. It was a sunny day across S areas of East Anglia and S parts of England - before the rain arrived here. (St James Park 21.6C, Fair Isle 11.4C maximum, Sennybridge 2.4C minimum, Cromer 24.0 mm, Shoeburyness 13.2 h.)

Various fronts placed across the British Isles on the 26th led to a cloudy day across the N half of the British Isles. S Scotland and areas to the S as far as the English Channel had some overnight spells of rain, although the night was largely a mild one. During the day most places had spells of rain, which were heavy and thundery from mid-morning onwards in places. The thundery activity spread from SW England through much of England, Wales and E Ireland, not dying out until the late evening - by which time it was occurring across N England. Rail passengers were warned of major disruption caused by lightning striking a signally system in Norfolk; Greater Anglia said all lines were blocked after the damage at Harling Road, at East Harling. (Santon Downham 20.9C, Inverbervie 11.7C maximum, Katesbridge 6.8C minimum, Yeovilton 33.6 mm, Manston 9.6 h.)

Overnight into the 27th it was cloudy and mild across Scotland, but slightly cooler elsewhere; many areas of the British Isles had some spots of rain overnight. During the day showers spread E'wards across most areas, with some heavy rainfall across NE Scotland; there were sferics across E areas of Scotland in the afternoon which died out in the early evening. The best of the sunshine was in parts of N Wales, the Midlands and East Anglia. (Kinloss 19.4C, Fair Isle 12.4C maximum, Okehampton 6.5C minimum, Lossiemouth 17.2 mm, Valley 11.5 h.)

By dawn on the 28th further frontal rain had spread across Ireland and into Wales and SW England; there was still some patchy light rain on Shetland by mid-morning. During the da the rain in the S moved N'wards and E'wards, driven by a filling depression that lay to the W of SW Scotland (1000 mb) at 1800 GMT). The extreme N of Scotland remained dry during the day, while showery conditions followed the rain areas across S areas of the British Isles. The best of the sunshine was across N parts of Scotland with many areas of Wales and S and W England remaining sunless. (Killowen 20.7C, Fair Isle 12.3C maximum, Redesdale Camp 1.5C minimum, Auchincruive 24.6 mm, Kirkwall 10.0 h.)

Into the 29th the rain and showers continued to move NW'wards, with only a few areas remaining completely dry during the night. During the day there was some rain at first over the Channel Islands, with outbreaks continuing for much of the day in E areas of Scotland, close to the low centre (1001 mb at 1800 GMT between Scotland and S Norway). It was a sunny day on Shetland. There were some scattered falls of rain, mostly slight, in parts of England, Wales and Ireland, with spells of sunshine across E and S areas of England in particular. There were a few thundery outbreaks in parts of E Scotland and Northumberland in the afternoon. (Chertsey Abbey Mead 21.5C, Blencathra 12.8C maximum, Baltasound 5.7C minimum, Edinburgh Botanic Gardens 22.6 mm, Lerwick 14.9 h.)

A mainly N'ly wind on the 30th between high pressure to the W and low pressure over the North Sea brought some showers to WE areas of the UK overnight, and these spread into parts of N England. Ireland saw a trough brining some precipitation here overnight. There were further showers across East Anglia and parts of SE England during the day, with some light rain and drizzle across Ireland and W Scotland. It was a sunny day in the Channel Islands and in some S and Cent areas of Scotland; St Helier reported 12.1 h of sunshine. (Pershore 19.8C, Fylingdales 10.1C maximum, Tyndrum 5.7C minimum, Fylingdales 15.6 mm, Leuchars 9.0 h.)

Into the 31st cloud and showers became increasingly confined to areas of E England. This precipitation distribution continued during the day - with brisk N'ly winds in most areas. E England was rather cloudy as a result with the best of the sunshine across SW Ireland, some W areas of England and Wales, and in S Scotland. (St Athan 21.4C, Loftus 11.9C maximum, Tulloch Bridge 3.7C minimum, Houghton Hall 11.0 mm, Prestwick 11.9 h.)

British Isles weather, June 2024

High pressure to the W of the British Isles on the 1st resulted in a mostly dry day. Some cloud associated with a weak front gave some rain overnight in places close to the coast of East Anglia and Kent. Under clear skies it was a cool night in some inland areas of the British Isles, while during the day it was particularly sunny in SW Ireland and in parts of S and Cent Scotland. It was a warm day in some inland areas of E Scotland. (Edinburgh Botanic Gardens 22.3C, Loftus 12.6C maximum, Swyddffynnon 2.9C minimum, Manston 0.6 mm, Boulmer 15.4 h.)

Into the 2nd areas of cloud pushed some light rain into W areas of Scotland and N Ireland. Much of England and Wales had a sunny day but Scotland and Ireland saw further outbreaks of, mostly light, rain in places. Away from the coasts it was a warm day in S Ireland, Wales, E Scotland and in England. (Heathrow 24.1C, Fair Isle 12.1C maximum, Eskdalemuir 1.6C minimum, Resallach 5.6 mm, Almondsbury 15.2 h.)

With high pressure over S areas on the 3rd this was a largely dry day. However, overnight some frontal rain and drizzle spread S'wards in places from N Scotland to Cent Ireland and N Wales - but the day was generally dry apart for some drizzle in parts of Ireland and some light rain across some N areas of Scotland. It was a rather cloudy day, except for long sunny spells over Cent and S areas of Scotland. (Usk No.2 21.9C, Fair Isle 12.1C maximum, Loch Glascarnoch 3.8C minimum, Altnahinch Filters 3.0 mm, Leuchars 14.6 h.)

Into the 4th a depression pushed E'wards to the N of Scotland, drawing windy conditions and frontal rain SE'wards into Scotland, Ireland and NW England by dawn. It was a mild night in many areas away from Scotland. The rain turned more showery as it crossed England during the day - with further scattered showers and sunny spells to its rear. It was a cool day across N and Cent areas of Scotland. Snow fell over some of Scotland's highest mountains, with the Cairngorms being among upland areas to see a dusting; this was helped by a significant wind chill - down to -10C in places. (Shoeburyness 22.2C, Loch Glascarnoch 10.0C maximum, Loch Glascarnoch 6.5C minimum, Achnagart 12.6 mm, Lerwick 9.7 h.)

The frontal rain and showers cleared SE England by dawn on the 5th. Under clearing skies behind the front, it was a cool night, although there were further showers across W and N areas of Scotland, in particular. Further showers fell during the day across N Ireland, N England and Scotland; across Scotland these were accompanied by sferics in places. It was a cool day, despite long spells of sunshine across S and E areas of England, due to the brisk NW'ly wind. (Frittenden 18.4C, Dalwhinnie 9.7C maximum, Topcliffe 1.1C minimum, Achnagart 35.4 mm, Morpeth Cockle Park 11.5 h.)

Into the 6th it was a largely dry, cool night with clear spells. There were a few showers, particularly across N and W areas of Scotland and Ireland. Scotland and Ireland had further widespread showers during the day - with some light falls also across parts of S England at times. There was patchy cloud across much of England and Wales - on the Channel Islands St Helier reported 12.4 h of sunshine, however. (Heathrow 19.8C, Lerwick 9.6C maximum, Aboyne 0.1C minimum, Loch Glascarnoch 11.4 mm, St Athan 11.7 h.)

Overnight into the 7th rain spread into N and W areas of Scotland and Ireland; many inland areas of the British Isles had a cool night and, away from the Channel Islands and E England, a rather cloudy day followed with rain and showers across Scotland, Ireland and in N England. It was a day with temperatures close to normal in the sunshine, but a cool day under the showery rain. A few light scattered showers did affect some parts of England and Wales, away from N England. (Cavendish 21.1C, Resallach 10.5C maximum, South Newington 2.3C minimum, Dunstaffnage 25.8 mm, Shoeburyness 11.3 h.)

The 8th dawned after a night of rain and showers across Scotland and Ireland, with scattered showers at times over parts of England and Wales. It was a cool night over N and Cent areas of Scotland. Showers in S areas tended to fade during the day with sunny spells developing - especially over S Ireland. N areas of Scotland had further cloud and blustery showers. (Gosport Fleetlands 20.4C, Tulloch Bridge 9.3C maximum, Loch Glascarnoch 3.7C minimum, Cassley 27.2 mm, Aberdaron 11.0 h.)

Overnight into the 9th there was widespread rainfall across Ireland, with frontal falls also over parts of Scotland and N England. Most places S of a line Aberporth-The Wash had little cloud before dawn, and it was a cool night here in inland areas. During the day it turned cloudy in most areas and rain fell as far S as East Anglia and Cent England by early evening. However, on the Channel Islands St Helier reported 15.0 h of bright sunshine. (Frittenden 19.4C, Ballypatrick Forest 9.7C maximum, Benson 1.1C minimum, Katesbridge 12.6 mm, Bude 9.2 h.)

Into the 10th rain over England and Wales moved SE'wards to affect most areas by dawn; further N there were scattered showers in a breezy N'ly airflow. During the afternoon, the rain in the east gradually cleared to showers. The rest of the British Isles had variable cloud and scattered showers although the Channel Islands, S Ireland, S Wales and SW England remained mainly dry with the best of the sunshine. (Usk No.2 18.9C, Dalwhinnie 8.6C maximum, Tulloch Bridge 3.1C minimum, Gringley-on-the-Hill 20.8 mm, Aberdaron 12.6 h.)

Away from N England and parts of NE Scotland the 11th dawned mostly dry although there were a few showers over areas of N Ireland and N Wales. It was a cool night in many inland areas of the British Isles. Despite high pressure to the W of Ireland, a N'ly flow led to some showery outbreaks in parts of Ireland and Wales, and along many North Sea coastal areas. It was a sunny day in Cornwall and the Channel Islands, but rather cloudy at times in most other areas. (Gosport Fleetlands 18.4C, Loch Glascarnoch 8.9C maximum, Tyndrum 1.5C minimum, Nantwich 4.8 mm, Camborne 13.9 h.)

The 12th was a mostly dry day although a few areas of NE Scotland and E coastal locations had some showery falls. It was a cool night at first in some inland areas, notable Cent Ireland and E Wales. Under cloudy skies in many areas it was cool for the time of year, although there were long spells of sunshine in parts of SW Scotland, W Wales, S Ireland, SW England and the Channel Islands. (Plymouth Kinterbury Point 19.1C, Lerwick 9.8C maximum, Bala 0.6C minimum, Fylingdales 3.4 mm, Camborne 13.2 h.)

Overnight into the 13th conditions were mostly dry, except for some light rain across the Shetland Isles - and in Ireland where frontal rain, heavy in places, spread E to most places by dawn. At Valentia 20 mm of rain fell in the 12 hours ending 0600 GMT. Clearer skies elsewhere led to a cool night in many places, and to an air frost in parts of N Scotland. During the day frontal rain spread E'wards affecting most areas from S Scotland S'wards, although parts of East Anglia remained dry until late afternoon. The sunniest locations were in N and NE Scotland with temperatures rising to 17C and above in some locations here. (Kinlochewe 18.8C, Fair Isle 10.2C maximum, Kinbrace -1.6C minimum, Scolton Country Park 25.2 mm, Altnaharra 10.3 h.)

On the 14th low pressure remained centred close to the W of Scotland and spread a series of fronts and troughs across most areas overnight and during the day. Rainfall was particularly persistent across Scotland, while S Ireland and NW Wales had quite a sunny day in between a few showers. Daytime temperatures returned to the seasonal normal in East Anglia and in the London area. Some of the showers turned thunder in places, notably in locations from Avon to Lincolnshire and Norfolk. (Heathrow 20.3C, Fair Isle 10.6C maximum, Lerwick 7.4C minimum, Kinlochewe 23.6 mm, Valley 10.4 h.)

Low pressure centred over S areas of the British Isles on the 15th led to spells of showery rain in many areas from time to time. During the day, the showers were accompanied my sferics in many areas, especially across Cent S England, the Midlands and E areas of England and SE Scotland. It was a rather cloudy day in most areas, with daytime temperatures slightly below normal as a result in most regions. In the afternoon, a funnel cloud swept through West Pinchbeck, Lincolnshire, destroying about 1000 panes of glass in three nursery glasshouses. (Heathrow 19.4C, Shap 10.2C maximum, Dalwhinnie 1.7C minimum, Resallach 31.4 mm, Leuchars 13.0 h.)

Into the 16th cloud and showery rain moved S'wards across N Scotland, and there was a spell of heavy rain showers over parts of the N Midlands and N Wales. During the day, the rain in the N spread S into parts of N Ireland and N England, while a trough led to some showery falls across S England. It was a cloudy day across most of Scotland, but very sunny in parts of Wales and S and Cent Ireland. There were a few showers over NE England and in coastal areas of East Anglia that were accompanied by sferics. Temperatures reached 20C in parts of the Midlands and around the London area. (Heathrow 22.1C, Loch Glascarnoch 12.0C maximum, Katesbridge 1.4C minimum, Craibstone No.2 31.2 mm, St Athan 15.1 h.)

It was largely dry overnight into the 17th apart for a few showers across N England and S Scotland by dawn. It was a cool night in many inland areas away from this cloudy region. During the day N Scotland and some Cent areas of England had some patchy rain; it was a sunny day in many other areas of England (notable in coastal East Anglia) although other places tended to be rather cloudy at times. Sferics accompanied some showery outbreaks in SE Scotland and NE England in the late afternoon and into the evening. (Heathrow 23.5C, Resallach 11.4C maximum, South Newington 4.2C minimum, Albemarle 19.4 mm, Shoeburyness 14.8 h.)

The 18th was a dry day in most areas. However, there was some patchy rain at times in parts of Scotland and NE England. After a clear start to the day across much of England it turned cloudy here, with some light rain in some areas to the SE of London in the evening. It remained largely sunny in SW England. (Gosport Fleetlands 23.0C, Baltasound 11.1C maximum, Tyndrum 4.8C minimum, Emley Moor 24.0 mm, Weybourne 13.9 h.)

The 19th was another mostly dry day under a ridge of high pressure. However, later in the afternoon and into the evening some frontal rain spread SE'wards across N and NW areas of Scotland. It was a very sunny day across Ireland and in S areas of England. It was a warm day in the London area, but there was a cool start to the day across much of Ire and in N and Cent Scotland. (Heathrow 22.1C, Lerwick 11.2C maximum, Braemar 0.9C minimum, Drumalbin 2.2 mm, Thomastown 14.1 h.)

Into the 20th there was some light rain across parts of Ireland, and N and W Scotland as a weak front edged slowly S'wards. Inland areas from Wales to East Anglia had a cool night under clear skies, while during the day temperatures rose to 20C and above, widely across inland areas of Ireland, Wales and England. Wales, East Anglia and much of S England had a sunny day. There were also light showers during the day in parts of Scotland and N England. (Hull East Park 24.4C, Fair Isle 12.3C maximum, Santon Downham 3.6C minimum, South Uist 2.8 mm, Hurn 14.8 h.)

The 21st saw a west-east split in the weather as a cold front moved E'wards, bringing rain to parts of Ireland and W Scotland before dawn, later affecting as far E as the Midlands and SE Scotland by late evening. Cloudy skies meant a mild night across Ireland and much of Scotland ahead of the rain, but cooler conditions at first in East Anglia. There was some mist and fog around dawn in SW England; during the day, the E half of England had a mainly sunny day with temperatures reaching 24C and above in places. Over 10 mm of rain fell in parts of Ireland in the 12 hours ending 1800 GMT, but temperatures struggled to reach 16C in places here. (Heathrow 26.1C, Fair Isle 13.7C maximum, Santon Downham 4.7C minimum, Derrylin Cornahoule 15.0 mm, Shoeburyness 13.2 h.)

By dawn on the 22nd the frontal rain had reached parts of E England but was petering out, but the presence of cloud meant a warm night over much of Britain, although by dawn it was cooler over Ireland. The patchy rain had largely cleared E areas of England and Scotland by early afternoon - to be followed by spells of sunshine. A further front pushed some light rain E'wards into W Ireland by midday and there was some light rain or drizzle in many parts of Ireland by late evening. It was a notably sunny day on Jersey. (Heathrow 23.9C, Harris Quidnish 13.5C maximum, Katesbridge 4.1C minimum, Libanus 4.2 mm, Valley 12.1 h.)

Overnight into the 23rd there was some light rain across Ireland and in some W areas of Scotland, N England and Wales. Across Ireland and Wales, and in many parts of England away from the E, minimum temperatures remained above 10C. By dawn there was a little mist and fog in some of these W areas. The morning saw patchy cloud in Scotland, low cloud and fog in the W of England but sunny conditions to the SE. Sunshine amounts increased in the afternoon and E areas of England had a particularly sunny day. It was dry almost everywhere during the day, and quite warm in Cent and E England. (Hull East Park 25.7C, Fair Isle 13.4C maximum, Cardington 7.1C minimum, Stonyhurst 3.8 mm, Weybourne 15.7 h.)

Overnight into the 24th it was mostly dry, apart for some light frontal rain and drizzle across Ireland. This frontal rain largely cleared across Ireland during late morning although a further front gave some light falls in W Ireland in the evening. Most places had a warm day with spells of sunshine, particularly the far SE as well as in N England and S Scotland. 25C was reached widely in E areas from London to North Yorkshire - away from the effects of any coastal breezes. 28.3C at Wisley was the highest temperature of the year so far. (Wisley 28.3C, Harris Quidnish 14.7C maximum, Redesdale Camp 5.5C minimum, Dunstaffnage 1.4 mm, Dyce 16.2 h.)

A weak front led to some light rain across Ireland before dawn on the 25th, with some heavier outbreaks later in the day across Scotland. Ahead of the rain there was a warm night, with minimum temperatures of 15C and above in parts of E Scotland, N England and E Ireland. Cent, S and E areas of England had a sunny day with temperatures here widely reaching 25-28C away from the coasts; behind the rain, in W Scotland, daytime temperatures failed to reach 15C in places. (Chertsey Abbey Mead 30.0C, Fair Isle 13.2C maximum, Aboyne 9.7C minimum, Aviemore 13.2 mm, Weybourne 15.8 h.)

Minimum temperatures of 15C into the 26th were restricted to parts of S England under clear skies. Further N there was some early mist and fog across England and Wales, while cloudy skies brought some patchy, light rain to parts of Scotland and Ireland. During the day the rain became confined to parts of Ireland and the extreme W of Scotland. Much of England and Wales had a sunny day but it was cloudier elsewhere; maximum temperatures peaked at 30.5C at Wisley (the highest of the year so far) with many areas of England and Wales (away from the coasts and SW England) reaching 25C and above. (Wisley 30.5C, Fair Isle 12.6C maximum, Magilligan 1.6C minimum, Stornoway 6.0 mm, Shoeburyness 14.3 h.)

Into the 27th patches of frontal rain spread E'wards across Scotland and Ireland, and into Wales and SW England. The rain weakened as it spread E'wards, introducing a cooler airstream. Ahead of this change it was a warm night in much of E England with minimum temperatures above 15C in many places. The cooler air reached E areas of England during late morning. During the day a low pressure centre was slow-moving to the W of Scotland (centre 987 mb at 1800 GMT close to the Western Isles) and this led to a blustery day in most areas, but especially over Scotland and Ireland. Outbreaks of showery rain affected Ireland and Scotland and, to a lesser extent, parts of Wales and SW England during the day. E areas of England had spells of sunshine, notably East Anglia, and parts of W Wales also had a sunny day. (Heathrow 25.5C, Banagher Caugh Hill 12.5C maximum, Killylane 10.6C minimum, Tyndrum 21.8 mm, Aberporth 12.9 h.)

The depression moved across N Scotland early on the 28th - filling as it did so (pressure was close to 992 mb over the Northern Isles by dawn). This brought rain across Scotland overnight, heavy in places in the N, with lesser falls by dawn over Ireland, N Wales and N England. Under clearing skies the temperature dropped below 10C in parts of England. During the day there were further, mostly light, falls over areas of Scotland, NW England and N Ireland. However, by mid-evening further rain had spread NE'wards across S and Cent Ireland ahead of another depression approaching the SW of Ireland. Across the UK it was a widely cloudy day and temperatures struggled to reach 20C in many areas; it was sunny on Jersey with 12.8 h of sunshine at St Helier. (Heathrow 22.3C, Fair Isle 11.7C maximum, Exeter Airport 7.7C minimum, Achnagart 42.0 mm, Leuchars 10.9 h.)

During the 29th a shallow depression remained close to SW Ireland, gradually filling; Sherkin Island reported MSL pressure of 1012.3 mb at 1800 GMT. Associated frontal rain affected Ireland overnight with some showers across NW Scotland before dawn. Elsewhere it was largely dry with grass minimum temperatures down to 3-4C in parts of England under clear skies - although it turned cloudy across Wales and N England by dawn as the rain spread here by dawn from Ireland. During the day a band of rain across N England, Wales and S Ireland pushed SE'wards, clearing from Ireland later and giving light falls in parts of the Midlands by late evening. Further light showers affected Scotland during the day, while areas E of a line Exeter-The Wash had a mostly sunny day. It was a cool day to the N of the rainband. (Wisley 25.3C, Loch Glascarnoch 11.0C maximum, Redesdale Camp 3.3C minimum, Porthmadog 12.2 mm, Odiham 14.1 h.)

Into the 30th cloud and some light rain pushed SE'wards across S Wales and the Midlands, and into parts of East Anglia and S England around dawn; to the N of this rain area it was a cool night. There were a few showers overnight across Scotland and N areas of Ireland. The light rain in SE areas had cleared towards the SE by midday; here and elsewhere in the UK a mostly cloudy day followed, with a few isolated showers. Light rain showers were more widespread in W areas of Ireland later in the day. (Hurn 21.5C, Lerwick 10.9C maximum, Redesdale Camp 4.2C minimum, Resallach 10.4 mm, Exeter Airport 7.2 h.)

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