The cold and some snow set to return after Storm Christoph leaves flooding in its wake – Thursday 21st January 2021 – Sunday 24th January 2021

Hi all,

What a week. Rain, rain and more rain and also some mild temperatures which we haven’t seen for a while. Locally (but not at my weather-station) we reached double-figures for the first time in a month. Storm Christoph, so far, has delivered around 3 inches of rain to most places, with higher amounts being recorded in the hills. Flooding reported widely and more to come as the hills empty their load into the rivers. This storm triggered a couple of weather warnings, including an Amber one, something we don’t see too often. It will be interesting to see the final rainfall amounts come Thursday.

Total rainfall amounts for Tuesday the 19th of January as Storm Christoph began its journey across the UK

Thursday: First off on Wednesday night; Storm Christoph will have deepened and pushed away into the North Sea. As the process takes place we will have some windy weather for a time and the winds will switch to a north-westerly and much colder air will dig in. As this does so, some of the legacy rain will turn to snow, chiefly on the hills, then all of us will see a blustery day with wintry showers as the mercury drops. Icy stretches morning and night and where snow settles in the heavier showers (mostly above 250M) Max 4°C Min 0°C

Friday: Frosty start. Sunny spells and a few wintry showers feeding in from the Irish Sea. Feeling cold. Max 5°C Min -1°C

Colder air from the NW with wintry showers feeding in across the region for the next few days

Weekend: Cold with wintry showers.

Saturday: Cold and mostly cloudy with some scattered sleet and snow showers from the north-west. A frost early and late with a few mist patches. Max 3°C Min -2°C

Sunday: Little change. Isolated wintry showers with snow settling on higher ground. Max 3°C Min -1°C

Outlook: A settled day on Monday with sunny spells after a frost. Heavy rain looks set to arrive on Tuesday preceded by snow on its leading edge as it bumps into the colder air. Again, this looks likely to be more so for areas above 250M. Milder air follows then a few days of cloudy conditions and showers.

For the latest forecasts follow on Twitter; @ChadWeather.

Thanks for reading,
Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 20th of January 2021 at 7:45pm
Images: http://www.netweather.tv/ & http://www.wxcharts.com/

Cold and wet spells; some snow – Thursday 14th January 2021 – Sunday 17th January 2021

Hi all,

We are back to the heavy rain but it’s not as mild as we would normally expect it to be and with this comes the chance of some hill-snow.

Thursday:  Heavy rain with a risk of some sleet or snow above 250M as the low pressure sinks south. Any precipitation easing as the weather front weakens later in the day. Cold. Max 3°C

As colder air arrives during Thursday, there’s a chance of seeing some snow.

Friday: Rain, sleet and any snow will have eased away and we’re in a bit of a lull. Mostly cloudy with hill-fog and low-cloud. Early ice. Cold. Max 2°C

Weekend: Unsettled to start.

Saturday: Rain swings in from the west again and the wind will increase. As this rain bumps into the colder air there could well be some snow for a time, even to low-levels (warning in place). Milder later. Max 7°C

Sunday: I’m hopeful for a drier day as morning rain dies away leading to some bright spells and the odd isolated shower. Cool. Max 6°C

Outlook: Colder weather seems likely to return but not until after midweek with little change before then. As for the Beast From the East; time will tell but the ingredients are brewing. 

Thanks,
Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 13th of January 2021 at 8:25pm

Image: http://www.netweather.tv

Cold snap to end – Thursday 7th January 2021 – Sunday 10th January 2021

Hi all,

Happy New Year to you all and I hope you all have a fantastic 2021.

It’s been a cold Christmas and New Year break with below-average temperatures across the region. There’s not been any widespread disruptive snowfall yet but we’ve kept the wintry showers going since the few cms of snow we had after Christmas. The white snow-covered hills have certainly made for some lovely walks and picturesque photos. Thanks to everyone for their wintry tweets.

Thursday: A bitterly cold start with temperatures locally down to -6°C. So a widespread frost and icy patches after recent wintry showers. There will also be some freezing fog to watch out for. It will be a cold day and after a sunny start, away from the fog, it will cloud over from the North. A band of weakening precipitation will bring some patchy rain, sleet and snow to the region later in the day and overnight. A covering of snow can’t be ruled out even to lower-levels. Max 2°C Min -1°C

⚠️ Weather warning in place for ice and snow: https://twitter.com/ChadWeather/status/1346789217419079680?s=19

Friday: There will be some scattered sleet and snow showers around to start the day, again a covering is possible but nothing major. These will ease during the morning and it will turn brighter. A very cold day throughout with ice and overnight frost. Max 2°C Min -4°C

Weekend: Saturday the better day but change is coming…

Saturday: Another frosty start with plenty of ice. A nice day ahead with sunny spells but cloudier into the evening with a change in wind direction as less cold weather looms. Max 3°C Min -1°C

Sunday: More of a westerly airflow now introducing thicker cloud but starting dry after a patchy frost. Cloud thickening later with some drizzle possible. Max 4°C Min 2°C

Outlook: Temperatures continuing to rise back up to normal January values. Plenty of cloud with some light rain or drizzle at times. Will the colder (or even colder) weather return? As you may have heard in the news we have had an SSW event this winter so we have a 70% chance of colder-than-normal conditions (usually via an easterly wind) developing over the coming weeks. This is not certain and at this stage not showing on the horizon. More of an SSW explainer, keeping it simple, here: https://blog.metoffice.gov.uk/2021/01/05/new-year-begins-with-a-sudden-stratospheric-warming/.

Here are a few statistics for last month and the year of 2020 in general.

The days in 2020 with the most rainfall were SATURDAY & SUNDAY!

WEDNESDAY was the day with the most rainy days!

The average temperature for 2020 was 10°C.

The average maximum temperature for 2020 was 13.3°C.

The average minimum temperature for 2020 was 6.9°C.

1,200.2mm of rain fell in 2020 with February the wettest (268.6mm) and May the driest (7.4mm).

On average the wind came from the WSW in 2020.

In 2020 the average wind gust was 17mph.

📊 December 2020

Max 12.9°C (18th)
Min -3.7°C (25th)
Av. 4.5°C
Av. Dew Pt 3.1°C
Wettest 27mm (26th)
Av. Humidity 91%
Av. Barometer 1001.9 hPa
Max Gust 33mph (23rd)
Av. Wind Direction S
Rain 113.4mm
Rain Registered Days 27
Dry Days 4
Air Frosts 6
Snow Falling Days 4

Thanks,
Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 6th of January 2020 at 7:30pm

Cold air remains – Thursday 31st December 2020 – Sunday 3rd January 2021

Hi all,

A winter-chill has its firm grip across the region but it’s not severe cold and we’re not exactly hiding from a Beast from the East, yet! It’s been nice to see some snow and winter-cold over the festive period and not only that but a few flurries on Christmas Day brought us a White Christmas. I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and didn’t eat too much!

Thursday: Early fog and some localised wintry showers, falling as snow for some, favourably above 150M. These showers will ease as we head into the afternoon so turning drier but remaining cold. Max 3°C

Friday: During the early hours a band of rain, sleet and snow will come down from the north but it will be breaking up and weakening all of the time so not much snow is expected. Bright spells later, especially in the north. Frosty overnight. Max 4°C

Weekend: Dry and cold

Saturday: A mostly bright day with some sunny spells in the morning. Cloudier later. Feeling cold with frost morning and night. Max 4°C

Sunday: Overcast, dry and cold. Max 4°C

Outlook: Sleet and snow showers expected during the week but details uncertain at this stage. Some bright spells too, frosty nights remain and temperatures stay cold during the daytime, max 3-5°C. A raw north-easterly breeze. No sign of the cold weather easing.

Snow on the morning of the 29th of December 2020
Sledging on Ancora playing fields
Snow on the verge by the new Broadway Link Road
Charlie the snowman
Icy conditions underfoot

Social media has been touting the ‘Beast from the East is coming’. Can’t be ruled out but no concrete signs of it happening just yet.

All the best for 2021 – surely it can only be better than 2020.

Thanks for reading,
Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 30th of December 2020 at 18:25.

Festive Period Forecast – Christmas Eve Thursday 24th December 2020 – Bank Holiday Monday 28th December 2020

Hi all,

First off, apologies for the lack of weekly blogs over the past few weeks but at least they are back! Now wouldn’t it be nice to deliver some good news with the current climate – i.e. some snowfall (not everyone’s cup of tea I know) but I can’t promise anything widespread. The best I can offer is there’s a good chance we will see some snowflakes over the coming days and that the weather will feel a bit more seasonal. Winters aren’t what they used to be but it’s nice to have a cold and frosty 25th of December. Look out for some 2020 weather stats soon!

Christmas Eve (Thursday) – A frosty morning with some lovely winter sunshine. Feeling sub-zero throughout the day and breezy at times. Cloud increasing during the day but remaining dry for most with sunny spells (Small chance of a wintry shower in the East during the day). Cold – as it should be for this time of the year. Widespread frost overnight. Max 4°C

Christmas Day (Friday) – High pressure builds from the west so a calm, frosty start with some rural spots down to -4°C. Plenty of sunshine for the morning but cloud will increase from the north-west as a weather front topples over and down through the high pressure. Becoming breezy and milder later in the day and some rain overnight. Max 5°C (occurring much later in the day)

Boxing Day (Saturday) – Back to what we are used to. More mobile weather now as bands of showery rain move south-east with winds increasing quickly. Heavy rain for a time during the evening. Currently we have a weather warning in place (see below) with gusts expected to exceed 50mph quite widely later in the evening and overnight. Milder. Max 8°C

Wind warning spanning 2 days
Weather warning for Boxing Day/Sunday – strong winds

Sunday – A big area of low pressure now dominates our weather and with the Jet Stream slipping South, it means we are in colder air once more. Expect some morning rain, sleet and hill-snow turning to wintry showers as the day progresses, all packing in on keen north-westerly airflow. Much colder and a significant wind-chill. Some lying snow above 300M can’t be ruled out. Max 5°C

A messy picture on Sunday – very windy, cold with wintry showers, snow on the hills

Bank Holiday Monday – Remaining cold with low pressure in charge. Mostly cloudy with a chance of further wintry showers, perhaps the snow won’t just be confined to high ground. One to watch. Max 5°C

Outlook for the rest of 2020: Staying cold with a feed of northerly\north-westerly winds. Some wintry showers but it tends to favour drier weather, some frost at night where cloud breaks. So with colder air remaining, snow can’t be ruled out if anything develops. Looks like it will even stay cold, max temperatures 4-6°C for the first few days of the new year.

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for the latest weather forecasts! Even ask for a personalised forecast!

I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and after what has been a year to never forget, for all the wrong reasons, I wish you a better and enjoyable 2021!

Thanks as always for reading,
Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 23rd of December 2020 at 7:20pm
Images: Met Office & https://wxcharts.com/

Turning Unsettled Once Again – Thursday 12th November 2020 – Sunday 15th November 2020

Hi all,

We have entered Lockdown 2 and the weather hasn’t offered much in the way of activity, boring some might say. As this week progresses we do see more in the way of movement with rain and wind returning. With only three weeks to go until winter, there is also no sign of any early cold snap with our weather staying mostly on the mild side with no frosts.

Thursday: Showers to start, moving away sharply to be replaced by sunny spells. Breezy and cooler. Cloudier later in the afternoon and showers by evening. Max 11°C

Friday: Overnight rain should be out of the way early leaving a day of bright or sunny spells. Odd shower possible. Breezy. Max 10°C

Weekend: Plenty of rain and showers.

Saturday: Any bright spells fading fast as rain arrives and low pressure takes hold. Rain turning showery later and a windy day. Milder. Max 14°C

A weekend of bands of rain followed by showers

Sunday: The Jet Stream is back controlling the weather so breezy with frequent showers throughout the day. Cool. Max 12°C

Outlook: Bright spells and a few showers to start then high pressure has a chance to start to build to our south, slowing the progress of the Jet Stream. This means we become more settled and again drift into a ‘boring’ spell of mild weather.

October 2020 Stats

Max 16.6°C (20th)
Min 3.1°C (13th)
Av. 9.4°C
Av. Dew Pt 7.4°C
Wettest 27.6mm (3rd)
Av. Humidity 87%
Av. Barometer 1007.3 hPa
Max Gust 33.4mph (31st)
Av. Wind Direction WSW
Rain 155.4mm
Rain Registered Days  24
Dry Days 7

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for the latest forecasts.

Thanks for reading.
Jon 

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 11th of November 2020 at 8:55pm
Image: http://www.netweather.tv

Spells of Rain – Thursday 22nd October 2020 – Sunday 25th October 2020

Hi all,

Halfway through autumn, and so far quite a wet one but with little happening over the past week. We’ve been stuck with stubborn cloud this week and mostly mild temperatures which peaked at 16.6°C on Tuesday. So, anything significant on the horizon? Let’s see…

Thursday: A mostly overcast day with some showery rain around during the morning. It will tend to dry up for the remainder of the day, possibly brighter before dusk, and feel cooler than recently. Max 12°C

Friday: A band of rain will move from west to east during the morning and early afternoon. Brighter and drier for the evening. Cool. Max 11°C

Weekend: Unsettled.

Saturday: Much milder once again but with strong southwesterly winds. A dry morning is expected but cloud will thicken into the afternoon with rain expected later and overnight. Max 16°C

Sunday: Further spells of rain turning showery later and becoming cooler as a cold front moves through. Still breezy. Max 12°C

Outlook: The Jet Stream looks set to be over or close to the UK so expect further spells of rain with bright spells and showers in between. Windy at times too. So, typical autumnal weather but no sign of anything particularly cold for the time of year.

Don’t forget the clocks go back one hour on Sunday morning at 2am. The darker evenings are here.

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Thanks as always for reading.
Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 21st of October 2020 at 4:35pm.

Mostly Cloudy and Quiet… for now – Thursday 15th October 2020 – Sunday 18th October 2020

Hi all,

After a few weeks of unsettled weather, and quite a bit of rainfall, the weather is going to settle down for a while. Unfortunately a lot of cloud to come and a cool-feel to boot.

Thursday: High pressure close by will mean plenty of dry weather with some bright spells. A fresh north-easterly wind. Chance of an isolated shower early and then late-afternoon/evening. Max 11°C

Friday: Little change, if anything more cloud feeding in from the east but generally dry once more after a cold start. Any breaks in the cloud overnight allowing temperatures to drop away. Max 11°C

Weekend: Mainly Overcast.

Saturday: A generally cloudy day, some low-cloud on the hills which could produce the odd pocket of drizzle. Otherwise quiet with little going on. Max 12°C

Sunday: No change. Feeling cool at times under a lot of cloud. Max 11°C

Outlook: Not much difference for most of Monday but as the wind swings more to the south, or southwest it will be slightly milder with rain lurking out west. Turning wet after that, especially midweek onwards and then cooler later in the week.

As we approach mid-October here are some of the latest stats for the month.

Max. Temp: 14.8°C
Min. Temp: 3.1°C
Total Rainfall: 94.2mm

Thanks,
Jon

Forecast Issued on Wednesday the 14th of October at 6:20pm

Sunny Weekend – Thursday 24th September 2020 – Sunday 27th September 2020

Hi all,

Autumn is here and despite some rain to start this forecast the following days look quite decent with some overnight chills.

Thursday: A band of rain will move through during the morning followed by scattered showers and some bright spells. Cool and breezy. Max 13°C

Friday: A cool start then sunny spells breaking through. More cloud to the east and a nagging northerly wind. Max 13°C

Weekend: Dry with decent spells of sunshine.

Saturday: A ground-frost to start then sunny spells and lighter winds. Feeling pleasant in the sunshine. Max 13°C

Sunday: Very similar and after the cold start more sunshine on offer. Perhaps cloudier to the east at times. Max 14°C

Outlook: Showery rain moving east on Monday then the rest of the week is currently uncertain and depends on the position of the Jet Stream; so look our for updates later this week.

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for the latest forecasts.

As always, thanks for reading.

Cheers,
Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday the 23rd of September 2020 at 9:05pm

Plenty of Sunshine and Dry – Thursday 17th September 2020 – Sunday 20th September 2020

Hi all,

We had a brief return to Summer this week and there’s more decent weather to come. Although a change in wind direction means we won’t hit the mid-20s like earlier this week. In fact the maximum temperature for September was broken this week. [My records started in August 2012].

September maximum temperatures:

2020 26.8°C
2019 22.8°C
2018 23.1°C
2017 20.2°C
2016 23.6°C
2015 20.5°C
2014 21.1°C
2013 23.8°C
2012 23.2°C

Thursday: A fresh start then sunny spells and a slight breeze. Warm. Dry. Max 19°C

Friday: Sunny spells and feeling pleasant. Breezy later. Max 17°C

Weekend: Windy but sunny.

Saturday: A good amount of sunshine developing across the region but there will be a gusty northeasterly wind. Max 17°C

Sunday: Still windy but probably less so than yesterday. Dry with more sunny periods on offer after a cloudy morning with rain close to the southeast. Max 16°C

Outlook: Continuing much of the same until midweek when the Jet Stream will start to influence our weather pattern. Showers followed by spells of rain. Enjoy this current spell of weather while you can.

Turning unsettled midweek next week – meanwhile enjoy!

Follow @ChadWeather on Twitter for the latest forecasts.

Thanks for reading,
Jon

Forecast Issued: Wednesday 16th September 2020 at 7:55pm