Mar 032017
 
Weather review - February 2017

February 2017 was 2.5°C warmer than average, with a maximum temperature of 14.6°C. Rainfall was slightly below average and only 3.5 mm of snow was noted. Winds were average, even though an all-time record wind gust of 50 mph was recorded. The maximum temperature in the month was 14.6°C recorded at 13:46 on the 20th. This was the second highest February temperature, only beaten by the 15.6°C recorded on February 23rd 2012. The minimum temperature was -1.6°C recorded at 10:25 on the 6th, with the monthly average being 5.6°C, 1.4°C above the mean. This was the second highest February monthly average, beaten [Read more]

Feb 032017
 
Weather review - January 2017

The first month of 2017 was drier and slightly cooler than average. Winds were much lighter than normal. The highest temperature in the month was 10.6°C recorded at 05:54 on the 11th, with the coldest temperature being -3.9°C recorded at 03:01 on the 27th, the lowest temperature since -5.4°C was recorded on January 17th 2013. On the 26th, the temperature reached a maximum of 0.9°C at 01:01 before falling below freezing at 02:50. The temperature remained below freezing for the rest of the day, reaching a minimum of -2.9°C at 23:58. The average temperature in the month was 3.6°C. The minimum [Read more]

Sep 012016
 
Weather review - August 2016

August 2016 was a month of above average temperatures and lower than average rainfall, despite over 35 millimetres of rain falling in the last 13 days. Winds were slightly higher than normal for the time of year. The highest temperature occurred on the 23rd at 17:00, when the thermometer reached 27.2°C, making it the second warmest day of the year, beaten only by the 30.1°C recorded on July 19th. The minimum temperature was 7.6°C recorded at 05:38 on the 9th, and the average for the month was 16.3°C, the highest August average ever recorded here, beating the mean by 0.9°C. [Read more]

Mar 022016
 
Weather Review - February 2016

The mild start to 2016 continued into February with above average temperatures being recorded, without any unusually hot days. The average for the month was 4.5°C, compared to the mean of 3.9°C. Rainfall for the month was slightly above average. The maximum temperature recorded was 13.6°C at 13.33 on the first day of the month, with the minimum being -3.2°C at 06:38 on the 24th. This was the lowest temperature since -3.5°C was recorded on February 2nd 2015. The average daily maximum temperature was 10.8°C and the average daily minimum was 1.4°C. The maximum dew point was 10.8°C at 14:36 [Read more]

Feb 012016
 
Weather Review - January 2016

January 2016 continued the run of unseasonally mild temperatures. The average temperature of 5.2°C was 0.2°C higher than the previous January best set in 2014, and 1.6°C higher than the January mean. The maximum recorded temperature was 13.3°C on the 24th at 15:37 and the minimum temperature was -1.6°C on the 16th at 04:07, the lowest temperature since -2.8°C was recorded on November 22nd 2015. The average maximum was 7.5°C, with the average minimum being  2.7°C. The maximum dew point was 11.8°C at 14:32 on the 24th, with the lowest dew point being -3.7°C on the 14th at 20:39. The monthly average dew point [Read more]

Jan 012016
 
Weather Review - December 2015

December 2015 was a remarkable month. One area of low pressure after another swept in from the Atlantic bringing gale force winds, high rainfall and exceptionally mild temperatures. The average temperature in the month was 9.0°C, 5.2°C higher than the December mean and 3.2°C higher than the previous mildest December in 2013. The maximum temperature was 14.8°C at 08:01 on the 19th, with the 7th, 16th and 17th also beating the previous high of 13.0°C set on December 18th 2014. The maximum temperature of 12.9°C, recorded at 19:36, beat the previous warmest Christmas Day record, set in 2011, by 0.7°C, [Read more]

Dec 032015
 
Weather review - November 2015

November 2015 was a windy and dull month with above average temperatures and rainfall. The maximum temperature of 16.3°C, recorded on the 10th at 13:14, was the highest ever November temperature here, beating the 16.2°C set in 2010. The maximum temperature on that day was 16.3°C, the minimum temperature was 13.8°C, and the average for the day was 15.1°C (mean 7°C). The minimum temperature fell to -2.8°C at 03:01 on the 22nd, the lowest since -3.5°C was recorded on February 2nd 2015. The average daily high temperature was 11.4°C (mean 9.5°C) and the average daily low temperature was 5.8°C (mean [Read more]

Sep 012015
 
Weather review - August 2015

August 2015 was an average and unspectacular month from a weather point of view. No major records were broken. The average temperature in the month was 15.6°C, with the high being 27.0°C at 16:06 on the 22nd, and the low being 6.7°C at 05:26 on the 16th. The high temperature of 27.0°C was the third highest temperature of 2015. Only the 27.2°C on June 30th and the 32.7°C on July 1st were better. The maximum dew point was 19.3°C at 19:36 on the 22nd, with the lowest dew point being 5.6°C at 06:26 on the 16th. The average dew point [Read more]

Aug 012015
 
Weather review - July 2015

Due to software and hardware problems, the station software was changed from Weather Display for Windows to WeatherCat for Mac. This was a major change of systems and as a result, no data was recorded from July 10th until July 12th. As a result of the system change, some features are no longer available to the site, but there are many new and improved features. All of the old data is still available on the new site, although some features will look different The problems weren’t sufficient to lose data on the hottest day ever recorded here, neither did they [Read more]

Mar 082015
 
Winter was drier, sunnier and warmer than usual

The meteorological Winter ended on February 28th and records show that it was another mild season with below average rainfall. There were only three occasions when a significant snowfall was recorded, and the deepest recorded snow depth was only 9.0 centimetres. The average temperature for the season, which covers December, January and February, was 4.0°C, 0.3°C above the norm for this site. The highest temperature was 14.0°C and the lowest was -3.5°C. The average high temperature was 6.9°C, 0.6°C above the norm, and the average low temperature was 1.4°C, 0.1°C above the norm. Rainfall was only 98.0 millimetres, well below the average of [Read more]

Jan 022015
 
Weather review - December 2014

The weather in December 2014 was a very mixed bag with alternating mild and cold spells before the first significant snowfall of the Winter on the 26th. The all-time highest December temperature record was broken as was the yearly minimum temperature. Precipitation was well below average and winds were slightly stronger than normal. The maximum temperature in the month was 13.0°C on the 18th at 13:49 and the minimum temperature was -3.1°C on the 30th at 05:42. This was the highest December temperature recorded here, beating the previous best, set on December 26th 2011, by 0.1°C. The minimum temperature on this [Read more]

Nov 012014
 
Weather review - October 2014

Apart from the remnants of hurricane Gonzalo passing over the country on the 21st, creating a record wind gust for October, the month was decidedly average. Temperatures were slightly above average and rainfall amounts were exactly on average for the month. The maximum temperature in October was 19.1°C at 16:10 on the 3rd, with the minimum temperature being 2.8°C on the 12th at 08:02. This minimum is the lowest temperature since May 3rd when the thermometer fell to 0.6°C. This was also the first ground frost of the 2014/15 season, and the earliest a ground frost has been recorded here. [Read more]

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