Our first day of unbroken sunshine from dawn until dimpsey, this month.
Excellent visibility with crystal clear deep blue skies all day that made for 11.96 hours of sunshine recorded. That is an exceptionally high 95% of the total possible and not likely to be beaten as hills to the east prevent the total getting any higher.
A maximum of 16.9°C also made it the warmest day so far this year beating 16.3°C on the 27th February.
Despite today’s sunshine, this month may well end up with below average sunshine due to the very cloudy first half of the month. The average for March for the last 13 years has been 141 hours. The total to date stands at 92.7 hours.
No sun here today making it the first sunless day since the 16th February.
Breezy but with a maximum gust of only 31 mph, a much ‘calmer’ day than recently, and dry too.
Wind run (1st – 15th) at 2691 miles, some Marches record less than that for the entire month. Looking at the forecast for something settled next week, I suspect this month will not end up record-breakingly windy. That record goes to March 2008 with 4601 miles.
Nearly half-way though the month and it has been milder, wetter but much cloudier than average:
Mean maximum = 12.5°C
Mean minimum = 6.3°C
Mean = 9.4°C
Rain = 59 mm
Sunshine = 47 hours.
Windy then it poured down (top rate around 60 mm/hr) and the temperature dropped away as the wind veered from SSW to NW.
Time Temp mph
10:00 10.5C 20 SSW
10:05 10.4C 10 WNW
10:10 10.2C 12 NW
10:15 8.7C 10 NW
10:20 7.6C 8 NW
10:25 7.1C 9 WNW
10:30 6.7C 9 NW
10:35 6.4C 9 NW
10:40 6.2C 9 NW
10:45 6.1C 11 NW
10:50 5.9C 15 NW
10:55 5.6C 10 NW
Temperature went down to 4.7C by 11:40 and it did feel raw for the time of day. Then the sun came out and things warmed up a little, though only to a maximum of 8.3C. First sub-10C afternoon maximum by quite a margin this month.