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Weather Report with Phil Thomas

How summer ought to be!

Posted on August 30 2016 at 3:37:22 0 comments

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Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

August was a very warm and sunny month, with 111 hours of sunshine up to the 17th – that’s 74% of the entire month’s sunshine.

It was also a very dry month on the whole, although the rain was setting in as we went to press. Most of the rain had been on the 1st of the month with only 0.4mm over two days since then.

So, warm, dry and sunny – just like summer!

August 2016 (to the 17th)
Mean Max   21.8C 0.5 above average
Mean Min   12.0C   0.3 above average
Mean       16.9C   0.4 above average
Rainfall     16.9mm   20% of average
Sunshine 111.1 hours 74% of average

The first couple of weeks in July were cool, but quite dry with very little rainfall – only 5.9mm over the first 14 days. From the 14th onwards, temperatures started climbing rapidly with a daytime screen maximum of 31.8c on the 19th.

This was matched by very warm and humid nights with an overnight minimum of 21.1c on the 20th – this being the highest minimum recorded in more than 30 years locally.

It was very dry overall, with only 24.1mm of rainfall: 39% of the local 30-year mean.

July 2016
Mean Max   21.8C   0.2 above average
Mean Min   12.2C   1.3 above average
Mean       17.1C   0.1 above average
Rainfall   24.1mm   39% of average
Sunshine 163.6 hours 105% of average

Outlook
The summer has ended with temperatures around normal for this area. Computer models seem to suggest that the weather into September may remain on the dry side.

This level of certainty is low, however. The high pressure needed to sustain the dry weather only has to move a little further south, and we’d be back into changeable and windy weather.

More information at http://www.alvechurchweather.metsite.com  You can now see an improved HD weather-cam, updated at one-minute intervals, at: http://www.alvechurchweather.metsite.com/webcam_alvechurch.php

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