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Weather Report with Phil Thomas

Where did summer go?

Posted on August 31 2017 at 12:54:58 0 comments


Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

August, or at least the first half of it, was wetter and cooler than expected, with daytime temperatures struggling to reach 20C and sunshine levels lower than the local mean.

The 5th was very stormy with thunder and lightning, just over 9mm of rain falling in around about an hour. Overall, it had not been a good summer month as we went to press.

August 2017 (to the 14th)
Mean Max 19.5C   1.8 below average
Mean Min   11.5C   0.2 below average
Mean     15.5C   1.0 below average
Rainfall     41.2mm   79% of average
Sunshine 49.9 hrs 32% of average

The first 10 days of July were very warm and summer-like, with a maximum of 29.5C on the 6th. The mean temperature for the month was 17.4C, 0.5C above the local mean, although the final week was cooler and more changeable.

Rainfall was also above normal, with 85.0mm or 138% of the local mean. The 21st was very wet with 25.1mm of rain in less than 24 hours.

July 2017
Mean Max 22.1C 0.5 above average
Mean Min   12.7C   0.5 above average
Mean     17.4C   0.5 above average
Rainfall   85.0mm 138% of average
Sunshine 149.9 hrs 96% of average

The computer models going into September show little agreement on a warm end to the summer.

With the jet stream still active across the Atlantic towards the UK, it seems to suggest spells of changeable weather with a few warmer sunny days mixed in.

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