Temp Watch - Sunday 25th March 2012 NEW RECORD Fyvie Castle 22.8C New date Record for UK,& Month Record for Scotl
Posted 25 March 2012 - 14:37
SHETLAND/ORKNEY: Kirkwall (Orkney) 15.3 deg. C., Baltasound and Lerwick, both Shetland, 8.1 deg. C. and 6.4 deg. C. respectively. these last 2 are the only Scottish stations below 12 deg. C.; even the high altitude sites of Glen Ogle and Eskdalemuir are at 13.5 deg. C. and 18.3 deg. C. respectively.
WALES: The normally mild Mumbless Head is the lowest at 12.4 deg. C., with the high level Capel Curig at 18.6 deg. C. second only to Valley at 18.8 deg. C.
ENGLAND: Many sites on the east are well below 10 deg. C., but temperatures rise considerably as you move inland; examples are in Yorkshire/Humberside, Bridlington 6.2 deg. C., Fylingdales 15.0 deg. C.; East Midlands, Wainfleet 6.5 deg. C., Donna Nook 6.6 deg. C., Holbeach 7.6 deg. C., Coningsby 9.1 deg. C., Nottingham Watnall 13.9 deg. C.. East of England: Bedford 5.0 deg. C., Shoeburyness 6.2 deg. C., all of 5 other stations below 10 deg. C. except Marham 11.7 deg. C. S.W. England: St. Mary;s (Scilly)12.0 deg. C., Isle of Portland 12.1 deg. C., Chivenor 17.5 deg. C. Hurn Airport 17.2 deg. C. London & S.E. England: Manston 5.7 deg. C., Langdon Bay 7.6 deg. C., Gravesend 8.4 deg. C., Kenley 9.8 deg. C., all other sites between 11.9 deg. C. (St. Catherine's Point) and 15.2 deg. C. (Benson).
By 1400 Magilligan, Northern Ireland, was up to 19.3 deg. C. exceeding yesterday's maximum of 19.1 deg. C. at Derrylin Cornahoule, Co. Fermanagh, but still 2.4 deg. C. off the Northern Ireland record of 21.7 deg. C. in March 1965; Aboyne was up to 21.4 deg. C., which I think is withon 0.8 deg. C. of the Scottish March record. Only Aberdeen Dyce (20.9 deg. C.) and Altnaharra (20.0 deg. C.) are 20 deg. C. or over, although an hour earlier Keswick in Cumbria, which has dropped to 19.5 deg. C., also exceeded 20 deg. C. Trawscoed in Wales is now the warmest at 19.5 deg. C.
There were mainly small rises mainly of less than a degree C. between 1300 and 1400 e.g. in the Northern Isles, Lerwick is still 6.4 deg. C., Baltasound has risen slightly to 9.4 deg. C. and Kirkwall dropped slightly to 15.1 deg. C.; in Yorkshire/Humberside, Bridlington is 6.5 deg. C. and Fylingdales 15.9 deg. C.; Donna Nook is now the lowest in East Midlands at 7.0 deg. C. while Watnall is still the warmest at 14.6 deg. C. In Eastern England, Bedford has risen to 7.5 deg. C. and the coldest are Shoeburyness and Weybourne at 6.4 deg. C., while Marham is 13.0 deg. C.; in SW England, St. Marys has dropped to 11.9 deg. C. and Chivenor is now at 18.4 deg. C. while in London & S.E. England, Manston is the lowest (also the lowest in the British Isles at the moment, although it is more noted for high maxima at times) at 5.9 deg. C., Langdon Bay (8.4 deg. C.) and Gravesend (9.9 deg. C.) also below 10 deg. C., with Brize Norton and Odiham at 15.8 deg. C. just above Benson at 15.7 deg. C.
http://www.met.ie/latest/reports.asp is showing 20 deg. C. at 1500 hours at Casement Airport, Co. Dublin, and Finner Camp in Co. Donegal.
It reached 22.2 deg. C. yesterday (24th) at Porthmadoc in Wales, a joint date record for 24th March with 1918 in Nottinghamshire, I believe (see http://www.ukweather...-exeter-ap-06c/). It looks possible that this will be exceeded today, most likely in Scotland; the date record for 25th is 21.7 deg. C. (in 1953), so the temperature OF 21.4 deg. C. at Aboyne at 1400 hours has only to increase by another 0.3 deg. C. to equal this (see http://www.ukweather...-for-each-date/). The fact that the clocks went forward by an hour early this morning makes it mathematiclly slightly more likely that this will happen than if 25th March this year had been a Saturday. It also seems possible that the Scottish March record of 22.2 deg. C. (does anyone know what year this was?) might be equalled or exceeded.
Posted 25 March 2012 - 15:14
At 1500 (see http://www.metoffice...k/observations/) Magilligan at 19.5 deg. C. is just ahead of Castlederg at 19.4 deg. C, with St. Angelo 3rd warmest in Northern Ireland at 19.1 deg. C.; Aboyne has dropped to 21.3 deg. C. but Kinloss (21.1 deg. C.), Altnaharra (20.8 deg. C.), Aberdeen Dyce (20.6 deg. C.), Aviemore (20.4 deg. C.) are all at or above 20 deg. C. Aberporth at 19.5 deg. C. is the warmest in Wales, with Carlisle (19.4 deg. C.) and Keswick (19.3 deg. C.) the warmest in England; Manston (6.0 deg. C.) is well below the next coldest in London & S.E. England (Langdon Bay 10.4 deg. C.) and the only other stations now below 10 deg. C. are Weybourne, Shoeburyness and Bedford in Eastern England (6.2 deg. C. 6.6 deg. C. and 9.9 deg. C. respectively), Donna Nook (7.2 deg. C.), Wainfleet (7.3 deg. C.) and Holbeach (7.3 deg. C.) in East Midlands, Bridlington (6.5 deg. C.) and Baltasound and Lerwick in the Shetlands (9.5 deg. C. and 6.6 deg. C. respectively). Glen Ogle is 15.6 deg. C. and Eskdalemuir 18.7 deg. C.; I suspect there have been summer months when these last 2 sites did not record such a high temperature. At Valentia, Co. Kerry, the highest temperature recorded in March 2011 of 18.6 deg. C. on 24th, exceeded that of August, 18.3 deg. C. on 31st, as well as May (18.4 deg. C. on 1st) and was equal to that of July (18.6 deg. C. on 11th). http://www.met.ie/latest/reports.asp currently shows the temperature there as 19 deg. C., although all temperatures are given to nearest 1 deg. C.
Posted 25 March 2012 - 15:50
I suppose it is not much consolation for Scotland after getting the wooden spoon in the Six Nations Rugby Championship that they have recorded the highest temperature in the British Isles this year, as far as we know (although as it is only 0.1 deg. C. above the 22.2 deg. C. Porthmadoc in Wales on 24th, it is possible another higher temperature for that day in Wales may presently come to light). It seems distinctly possible that this may stand to the end of the month, possibly to May if April is not particularly warm. Although it would be inconceivable that higher temperatures would not be recorded somewhere in Britain later, it is not totally unknown, though rare, for the highest temperature of the year in Britain to be recorded, either outright or jointly, in Scotland; from 1900 onwards to 2011, this has occurred outright in 5 years and jointly in 3 years, totalling 8 years out of 112, as follows (see http://www.personal....ottest_days.htm):
1907 30.0 Lairg 16 July
1908 32.8 Dumfries 2 July
1958 29.4 Paisley 4, 5 July; Leicester 8 July
1963 28.9 Littlehampton 22 July; Ceinws (Powys.) 29 July; Wisley, Gordon Castle (Gramp.) 30 July
1966 28.9 Southampton 9 June; Perth, Crossmyloof (Strathclyde) 21 July; Camden Square (20 August)
1972 29.4 Perth 20 July
1977 30.0 Paisley, Glenlee (D. & G.) 7 July; Onich (Highland) 11 July
1978 28.8 Poolewe (Highland) 4 June
Although on average this is 1 year in 14, it has not happened since 1978 (34 years ago) so is somewhat overdue, although 49 years went by from 1909 to 1957 without such an occuurence. As one might expect, this phenomenon only occurs in poor to mediocre summers, at least with respect to the South of England, although 1977 was a reasonable summer in Scotland and Northern Ireland (it had one of the highest totals for sunshine from May to August in the latter region).
This is not meant to be a prediction of the summer weather for 2012, although I still have a gut feeling that it won't be a scorching summer generally (with some exceptions such as 1976 and 2006, and to some extent 1984, the best summers in the last 125 years have been in odd numbered years, and as far as I know have seldom if ever been preceeded by exceptionally high temperatures in March, although occasionally in April as in 1949 and 2003). Perhaps though unlike the last few summers, the north-west may come off better than the south-east; certainly this would be the case if the weather was similar to today. This should be a win-win situation all round - after all much of eastern and central England is crying out for rain while here in the north-west we can I think withstand some weeks of warm dry weather, even if we are lucky enough to get it.
Posted 25 March 2012 - 16:25
Early morning mist has been replaced with wall to wall blue skies and very light winds - just hoping this is not our summer.
My thoughts exactly Colin! Its a fantastic day here, sitting at 17.9C at the moment (17:25), wondering if its going to hit 18C. Just enjoyed a bbq - in MARCH!!! crazy lol.
Posted 25 March 2012 - 16:58
http://www.met.ie/latest/reports.asp at 1600 hours shows Ballyhaise, Co. Cavan, as well as Malin Head, Co. Donegal, at 20 deg. C., and with Finner Camp, Co. Donegal, Casement, Co. Dublin, Claremorris, Co. Mayo, and Shannon Airport, Co. Clare, all at 19 deg. C. (note that these are all to the nearest 1 deg. C.). Cork Airport and Sherkin Island, both Co. Cork, were 13 deg. C. with haze and mist respectively, and Roche's Point, also Co. Cork, 14 deg. C. also with mist. 13 deg. C. however is still substantially above average for April, never mind March. Whether it will turn out that somewhere exceeded the 20.7 deg. C. rercorded at Valentia, Co. Kerry, on 19th March 2005 remains to be seen.
The high temperatures recorded in 2 of the early months of 2012 are reminiscent of 1998, when the Irish January rrecord (also higher than the British record of 18.3 deg. C.) of 18.5 deg. C. was recorded at Glasnevin, Dublin, on 10th January (see http://www.met.ie/cl...me_maxtemps.pdf) and the Northern Ireland February record of 17.8 deg. C. at Bryansford, Co. Down, on 13th February; this is also not a good omen for the summer, which was rather dull wet and coolish, although the following 2 summers were good. It is perhaps difficult to define a good summer, although admittedly one can do so with respect to temperature, rainfall or sunshine levels, or use a "Summer Index". Inevitably, although most of us can probably agree which summers were very good and which were very bad (though someone who made their living selling umbrellas and anoraks, etc, would probably have a different perspective!) it is the in between summers which might give difficulty. To me, a summer with abundant sunshine, or at least no long dull periods, even if the temperatures and rainfall were near normal, could be quite acceptable; after all the rainfall could be normal because of a very wet week or 10 days interspersed with long dry spells, or due to a few very wet days or a lot of rain falling at night. My memory of 1984 is that from late April right through to mid-September the weather was fairly good most of the time, and there were few if any wet weekends; I was away on holiday in France and Spain for about 3 weeks in June but from looking at the statistics, it was probably reasonable enough when I was away. 1975 was also fairly similar, both having sme high temperatures in late April and a dry and very sunny May, although the weather broke somewhat earlier in September which was fairly wet. Neither 1975 or 1984 were as hot as the summers which respecively followed (1976) or preceeded them (1983) but in these cases and also NI's hottest summer of all, 1995, as well as 2006, the really good weather only lasted about 8 weeks, from about mid or late June to mid or late August (1976 to late August, 1983 and also 1995, to about mid-August; 2006 was basically early June to late July, followed by a disappointing August but a very warm September). 1989 was quite warm and sunny from May to July.
Posted 25 March 2012 - 17:30
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