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Weather Report with Phil Thomas

Summer . . . but only just

Posted on September 01 2015 at 3:21:20 0 comments

Sunset

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

August was quite an average month with little in the way of any extremes. Daytime temperatures were slightly below the average due to less sunshine than would be expected (only 36% of the entire month’s amount, and halfway through the month).

Rainfall for the first 12 days was very low with only 1.1mm over this period. This was more than made up for with the very heavy rainfall on the night of the 13th/14th, with 26.4mm in only eight hours – this being the wettest 12-hour period this year.

August 2015 (to the 14th)
Mean Max   20.9C 0.5 below average
Mean Min   12.2C   0.5 above average
Mean       16.0C   exactly average
Rainfall     31.0mm   59% of average
Sunshine 53.9 hours 36% of average

July continued 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 changeable with a mixture of some warm humid days and sticky humid nights, the temperatures turning cooler for the last half of the month.

Sunshine and rainfall were both around average for the month.

July 2015
Mean Max   20.7C   0.9 below average
Mean Min   11.2C   0.9 below average
Mean       16.0C   0.9 below average
Rainfall   72.3mm   118% of average
Sunshine 155.8 hrs 99% of average

Outlook
The start of September looks a little more settled with no extremes predicted. Further into the month is a little more difficult to pin down.

The Jet Stream is more to the south at present, but indications are that it will return to its more northerly track, with changeable weather more likely.

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

Above: Sunset on August 12

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