Weather Report with Phil Thomas

Spring warmth in 200-year highs

Posted on June 29 2014 at 3:13:33 0 comments


Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

June started as May finished, with periods of rain, nearly all of it occurring up to the 10th. High pressure dominated into the later part of June, keeping the weather warmer and more settled.

June 2014 (to the 19th)
Mean Max   20C   1.0 above average
Mean Min   11.1C   1.3 above average
Mean       15.5C   1.1. above average
Rainfall     60.9mm   102% of average
Sunshine 96.2 hours 71% of average

May had been another month with above-average temperatures, with a mean of 12.4C, 0.9C above the local mean. We also had rainfall of 97.2mm, well above the local average at 175% of the 30-year average.

A storm and heavy rain broke out at about 6pm on the 24th, with two or three lightning strikes locally and a short power cut.

During this period 29.3mm of rain fell; one of the wettest 24-hour periods this year.

May 2014
Mean Max   16.5C   0.2 above average
Mean Min   8.3C   1.6 above average
Mean         12.4C   0.9 above average
Rainfall   97.2mm   99% of average
Sunshine 118.8 hrs 174% of average

The spring (March, April and May) of 2014 averaged approx 1.1C above the long-term mean temperature, making it one of the warmest springs since accurate records were kept at the end of the 18th century.

Spring averages 2014
Mean Max   14.3C   1.3 above average
Mean Min   5.8C   1.6 above average
Mean         10.1C   1.5 above average
Rainfall   212.4mm   127% of average
Sunshine 383.2 hrs 106% of average

Will it be a hot summer? The short-term outlook into early July seems much more settled than the last few months.

However, there is every chance of the high pressure block breaking down later, returning us to the usual mixture of rain, sun, warm and cold – the usual British summer.

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