MAY 2019

May Day was marked by sunny spells and light winds, but heavy showers developed late on 2nd. Unsettled conditions continued for the next week, with rain falling on six of the first nine days, totalling 23.6mm. The wettest day was 7th, with 8.0mm. The wind was mainly light and temperatures reached the mid-teens. Nights were chilly, falling to 2.1°C on 5th, minimum for the month.

By 10th pressure was rising and more settled weather took over, with long sunny periods and light winds, mainly between NE and SE. On 19th the wind swung round to the NW but continued light and a brief interlude brought a band of rain depositing just 1.8mm. Although the wind had changed direction the weather continued fine and settled until 26th. Temperatures crept up from the mid-teens to the low twenties, reaching 23.5°C on 25th. Night minima ranged from 4.5°C on 12th to 13.8°C on 25th.

Rain late on 27th continued on and off for the next two days, totalling 4.2mm and bringing the month's total to 29.8mm, 49.5% of my 25 year average.

The last two days remained rather cloudy although the temperature shot up from 15.0°C on 29th to 24.1°C on 30th, the hottest day of the month. The 31st registered the warmest night, 15.0°C. Overall, the month was 0.77°C above average.

May was a mild and dry month, beginning and ending with unsettled weather and some rain but with 2½ weeks of summery sunshine and light winds in between.

Mike Wilkins

25 year Rainfall averages are from 1992-2016
30 year Temperature averages are from 1981-2010