Weather Report with Phil Thomas

Warm start to autumn

Posted on October 03 2016 at 10:32:05 0 comments

Gust front

Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

The first half of September was very warm, with a mean temperature of 17.2C – similar to August, way ahead of the local September mean. The warmest day was 25.6C on the 15th.

The warm start to the month was mostly due to a very warm airflow from the south or south-east. This is from a very hot European mainland.

On the 16th we saw a change to more seasonable temperatures with the airstream off the Atlantic, which is more the norm.

September 2016 (to the 17th)
Mean Max   21.5C 3.3 above average
Mean Min   13.0C   3.3 above average
Mean       17.2C   3.3 above average
Rainfall     33.4mm   55% of average
Sunshine 57.4 hours 46% of average

August was a very warm and sunny month, with 198.8 hours of sunshine – that is 132% of the month’s 30-year average sunshine.

There was also a very dry start to the month. Most of the rain fell on the 1st of the month, with the rest of the rainfall over the last 10 days.

The highest daytime maximum was 27.9C on the 23rd.

August 2016
Mean Max   22.1C   0.8 above average
Mean Min   12.6C   0.8 above average
Mean       17.3C   0.8 above average
Rainfall   47.2mm   91% of average
Sunshine 198.7 hours 132% of average

Summer 2016 Averages (June, July, August)
Mean Max   21.2C   0.6 above average
Mean Min   12.0C   0.8 above average
Mean       16.6C   0.7 above average
Rainfall   198.7mm   115% of average
Sunshine 471.4 hours 107% of average

After September saw a return to more normal temperatures in the 2nd half of the month, the computer models seem to suggest a normal autumn pattern into October with more changeable weather – with more rain and winds.

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Pictured: Gust front.