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Weather Report with Phil Thomas

Hot and sunny summer start

Posted on June 27 2010 at 2:23:00 0 comments

Grazing sheep silhouetted by the setting sun over Alvechurch

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

June started warm, with a colder spell from the 7th to 15th with 35.4mm rainfall (86 per cent of the entire rain for the month). But altogether, there was only 41.2mm of rain during June, which is 40 per cent less than the average and it was also a very sunny month, with 243.4 hours of sunshine – that’s 79 per cent more than the local average.

The maximum temperature was 27.0C on the 26th, the highest recorded this year up to July 4. The minimum temperature was 6.3C on the 17th.

The mean maximum temperature was 21.2C, which is 2.4c above average for June, while the mean minimum was 10.4c (0.5C above average). The mean for the month was 15.8C (1.5C above average).

The month ahead:
July looks to start with a warm spell but there is the chance of a decline with the Atlantic lows making an appearance for the first time since the turn of the year.

A lot of the worst weather will be further north, but we can expect a slightly more changeable month ahead with a more “normal” pattern of summer weather.

Some weather lore (which may be quite appropriate for this month!)

St. Swithun’s day, if thou dost rain,
For forty days it will remain;
St. Swithun’s day, if thou be fair,
For forty days ‘twill rain na mair.

Whoever wrote this was obviously well aware that summer weather patterns establishing by the beginning to the middle of July tend to be persistent throughout the coming few weeks. In fact this is statistically true in 7 to 8 out of 10 years.

There’s more information at www.alvechurchweather.metsite.com and you can now see an improved HD weather-cam, updated at one-minute intervals, at: www.alvechurchweather.metsite.com/webcam_alvechurch.php

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