January 2019

New Year's Day continued mild and cloudy, with light northerly winds and a maximum temperature of 10°C. These high pressure conditions continued for the first two weeks. Maximum temperatures ranged from 2.3°C on 4th (to be the lowest for the month) to 10.6°C on 13th and 10.0°C on 12th. Nights were often chilly, three with frosts but it only fell as low as -2.1°C, on 4th. Winds were light N-NW and there was no significant rain. It was mainly cloudy with a few sunny spells.

Although it had remained settled the barometer had been falling steadily and a sharp drop on 16th signalled the arrival of a frontal system which brought 4.6mm of rain. The pressure continued to fall overall for the rest of the month. Rain fell on 11 days up to 30th, ranging from 0.2mm to 4.8mm. Again, it was mainly cloudy with light winds mainly W-NW.

Daytime temperatures were mainly in the mid-single figures but reached 10.°C on 25th, the warmest for the month. It was 10.2°C on the following day. However, the days got rapidly colder, only reaching 2.8°C on 31st. Nights were cold, with 10 air frosts between 17th and 31st, the lowest for the month being -4.6°C on the morning of 31st.

Mike Wilkins

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