JULY 2019

The very warm, settled weather of the end of June continued into July and continued for the next fortnight or so. With high pressure and very light winds it was often rather cloudy, but with sunny spells. Daytime maximum temperatures ranged from 22.1°C - 26.4°C and night minima from 10.8°C - 17.9°C. winds were light, between NE and NW. Apart from a brief shower on the night of 6th/7th (0.4mm) there was no other rain.

A sharp drop on the barometric pressure and a change in the wind to SW brought rain over the next three days, totalling 15.4mm (11mm on 19th). Very warm conditions continued and steadily got hotter, reaching 31.8°C on 23rd and 35.5°C on 25th, the day that the national record was broken, in Cambridge. A thunderstorm on the night of 23rd/24th had brought just 4.0mm rain.

The weather remained unstable for the rest of the month with sunshine and showers. Another 6.5mm rain on 26th and 3.6mm and 7.1mm on 29th & 30th brought the total for the month to 35.1mm or 70.5% of the 25-year average. The year's total is 262.9mm, 72.0% of average.

July was another month with its weather in two halves, but the other way round to that of June. A dry first half and a wetter second but still dry overall. The average temperature was 2.2°C above the 30 year average. Sunny periods, often with more cloud developing during the day were typical.

Mike Wilkins

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