Weather Report with Phil Thomas

Summer keeps up heat

Posted on July 31 2017 at 10:20:42 0 comments


Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

July seems to have continued the weather we had back in May. The maximum temperature each day to the 20th was above 20C, quite unusual in a normal UK summer.

Rainfall was well below the July norm, with half of the rainfall (13.9mm) falling over a short period between the 10th and 11th. There were a few muggy, cloudy days, hence the slightly lower sunshine levels.

July 2017 (to the 21st)
Mean Max   23.0C   1.4 above average
Mean Min   13.0C   0.8 above average
Mean     18.0C   1.1 above average
Rainfall     26.7mm   44% of average
Sunshine 116.7 hrs 75% of average

June started with cool wet conditions up to the 12th, then there was no rainfall until the 26th with a further 8.5mm, while temperatures gradually increased.

A temperature of 30.4C was recorded at my weather station on the 19th, the highest June temperature since 2000. June was again a much warmer month than the local mean.

May’s mean was 1.7C above average, making a very hot start to summer.

June 2017
Mean Max 20.8C 1.8 above average
Mean Min   12.0C   2.2 above average
Mean     16.5C   2.0 above average
Rainfall   52.3mm 88% of average
Sunshine 149.2 hrs 110% of average

A more westerly air flow as August begins may make the weather more changeable and a little wetter and cooler.

The weather patterns are quite variable at present and the computer models don’t seem to agree with each other more than a week ahead, making forecasting difficult.

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