Weather Report with Phil Thomas

Hot, humid and changeable

Posted on July 28 2015 at 2:50:38 0 comments

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Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

July began by continuing the very hot temperatures of late June, with a maximum of 31.9C on the 1st of the month. This is the highest temperature recorded locally since 2006.

The rest of the month was more changeable, with a mixture of some warm humid days and sticky humid nights. Sunshine and rainfall were both around average for the month.

July 2015 (to the 20th)
Mean Max   21.9C 0.3 above average
Mean Min   11.9C   0.3 above average
Mean       16.9C   0.3 above average
Rainfall     48.0mm   78% of average
Sunshine 115.3 hours 74% of average

June had been a month of extremes of rainfall, wind and temperature, but all averaging near-normal. The month was mostly dry, with rainfall measured on only six days.

However, when it did rain it gave 28.9mm over two days, the 11th and 13th, and 15.6mm on the 20th.

It was a very windy first couple of days with maximum speeds of 46mph and 47mph on the 1st and 2nd. Finally we had a hot end to the month with 28.5C on the 30th.

June 2015
Mean Max   19.5C   0.5 above average
Mean Min   9.3C   0.5 below average
Mean       14.5C   exactly average
Rainfall   54.3mm   91% of average
Sunshine 205.8 hrs 151% of average

The outlook into August looks a little on the humid side, with some warmer days. The colder-than-normal north Atlantic still seems to be having an effect on the dominant airstream.

There tends to be more westerly or north-westerly winds bringing fresher summer conditions rather than the more humid weather of early July.

This may be the beginning of a pattern of more settled weather, but computer models are often wrong!

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