As I mentioned a couple of times in my blogs on Monday, yesterday was indeed the warmest 16th of October in UK on record. The temperature reached 23.5°C at Manston in Kent before the dust from the Sahara and the smoke cloud from Portugal blocked out the sun during the afternoon (fig 1). The previous record of 23.2°C was recorded at Valley on Anglesey in 1977 (fig 2).
I reckon the very worst is now over for the south coast of Ireland, the wind has veered southwesterly and although it’s still gusting to more than 80 mph at Roches point the gradient should start to open a bit as the wind veers a little more into the west. Massive pressure rises over Valentia in the southwest now pushing Ophelia north-northeast where it should finally make landfall in county Clare or Galway. I see Weybourne in Norfolk reached 23.2°C at 13 UTC so it did break the warmest day record. By the way the contouring can’t handle Ophelia at all well but you probably already noticed that.
There’s nothing quite like the British weather, with gusts of 67 mph on the Scilly Isles in the west on the 12 UTC chart (fig 1), and temperature of 23.2°C in the east at Manston, which more than likely makes it the warmest 16th October on record. In Ireland the storm force winds continue, and are still gusting in excess of 90 mph on the south coast, as Ophelia tracks slightly northwest of Valentia on the west coast, what about this for a pressure kick (fig 2).
The temperature at Trawsgoed on the west coast of Wales has just shot up to 22.0°C at 07 UTC, just ahead of the cold front, and could end up setting a new highest maximum record temperature for the 16th of October, but this may well be exceeded further east later on of course. Here in mid-Devon, the yellowish sky which was very intense in the last hour, has just started to fade as the front tracks away northeast.
Ophelia is starting to feed some strong southerly winds and high temperatures northwards across Western Portugal and Northwest Spain late this morning, the temperature at Coimbra-Cernache in Portugal was 32.4°C at 11 UTC this morning (fig 1) which can’t be bad for mid-October.
The first two weeks of October have been very mild across the country, but not particularly by day, because day time maximum have remained close to average, but by night, where some places have seen minimum temperatures [18-06] as much as 3°C above the long-term average (fig 1).
There have only been a few ground frosts across the British Isles so far this month, and those were mainly in the northeast and central Ireland (fig 2), it looks like it could be yet another mild Autumn the way things are going.
Incidentally, if you do find that I leave Scotland out of a map in any of my articles, please let me know and I will add one, it’s just that monitors favour landscape rather than portrait orientation, and when I zoom in to get extra detail, something has to go. As far as I know, I have just the one subscriber from the north of the border at the moment.
Temperatures across large parts of England and Wales never fell much below 16°C last night (fig 1). The broad warm sector has southwesterly winds which are feeding tropical northeastward from close to where category 2 Hurricane Ophelia is located (fig 2).
At a number of places there was a touch of ground frost this Friday morning (fig 2), nothing very unusual in this for early October, and although its measured with what’s called a grass minimum thermometer, it was never called a grass frost even though it’s usually over grass where the lowest temperature occurs and where a frost is most clearly visible. In my days as an observer, we always laid a thermometer on a paving slab and measured the concrete minimum, which was usually, but not always a wee bit higher that the grass minimum. I wonder if that’s still being done?
A lovely warm and windy 23rd of September across most parts of the British Isles this Saturday, on what could possibly be the day that planet X collides with planet Earth as some believe, and life as we know it comes to an abrupt end. In the meantime here in parts of Devon the temperature is hovering around 19°C at the moment, but Kinloss in Morayshire just pips that with 19.4°C at 12 UTC (fig 1). The south southeasterly winds are fresh to strong in western areas, and are gusting to 77 mph over the tops of the Cairngorms, and 52 mph at Benbecula on South Uist (fig 2).
Quite a number of places reported a ground frost across the country this morning and the first of the Autumn, even though the equinox doesn’t occur till 2002 UTC this evening, I always prefer to use the fixed date of the 21st of September for the start of Autumn.