Local Weather Diary 2014-21

Extreme weather events in the Sidlaws north of Dundee (Newtyle)

Since records began in September 1996.



2014.


A very mild year overall. A very mild and new record wettest winter. With 1158.2 mm of rain it was also the new record wettest year.


January 2014. About average temperatures, but dull, very windy, and the new record wettest January in my records, with 222.4 mm of rain (a massive 284%(, with two very wet days (31.2 mm on the 21st and 28.2 on the 28th).


February 2014. Mild and wet.


March 2014. Quite mild and dry.


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April 2014. A mild month, otherwise about average and unremarkable.


May 2014. Warm


June 2014. Easily the new record warmest June in my records, with an average of 14.5C. The nights were particularly warm.

18 June. The new record hottest day, with a high of 26.3C.



July 2014. Warm, sunny, and dry.

26 July. The warmest day of the year (so far), at 26.6C.


August 2014.

8 August. Downpour with 30.0 mm of rain. 21.0 mm of it fell between 4 and 6 pm.

10 August. And then the remnants of Hurricane Bertha brings another 33.6 mm.


September 2014. Very dry and quite warm.


October. Mild and wet.


November 2014. Quite mild and sunny, but the new record wettest on record, with a total of 192.0 mm of rain.

6 November. 52.8 mm of rain fell today.

14 November. Another 27.8 mm of rain fell today.


December 2014. Quite cool, fairly dry, and very sunny.



2015.


January 2015. Cool.


February 2015. An average month. Sunnier than average and with a cold first week.


March 2015.


April 2015. Warm and quite dry. The record sunniest of any month here since 1997.


May 2015.

4 June. An equal record low minimum for May of -1.8C on the 22nd



June 2015. Overall an average month, but with a new record high pressure and low pressure for June. Also ...

4 June. A low minimum for June, just +2.4C.


July 2015.

Overall cold and very wet.

16 July. A very wet day, with 53.4 mm of rainfall, virtually all of it between 4 and 9, with torrential rain around 5 am.


August 2015. Another average month.


September 2015. Average temperatures but quite dry.


October 2015. An average month overall.


November 2015. A mild, wet, dull month.


December 2015. A record breaking month. Easily the mildest (6.0C, +2.6, the next mildest was December 1997 at 5.3, although locally 1988 might have been milder) and wettest (with 190.8 mm, with only November and January 2014 wetter).

19 December. A new record maximum for December: 14.2C, a new record December high, and indeed warmer than some July days this year. The minimum on the 19th is also a new record high minimum for December, at 10.8.C



2016.


Winter 2015-2016 was exceptionally wet and rather mild. An unremarkable year, very slightly warmer and wetter than average. Highlights included: the first week of January, which saw rainfall totals of 11.4, 22.2, 48.2, 25.0, 25.4, 25.4. 22.0, exceptional for here, leading to flooding as the Isla burst its banks; heavy snow on the 28 April, with 5 cm still lying on the 29th, which did for my peony; a notable warm spell in mid September, culminating with 24.9C on the 15th; and a cold and frosty November, with a frost day.


January 2016. Extremely wet - the wettest month in my records, with 272.8 mm of rain in total.

1 - 7 January. The first week was extraordinarily wet, with daily rainfall totals of: 11.4, 22.2, 48.2, 25.0, 25.4, 25.4, and 22.0 mm, unsurprisingly leading to severe local flooding.


February 2016. An average month, but with many sharp night time frosts.


March 2016. A remarkably average month, with little of note.


April 2016. A cool, wet month. Most of the rain happened at the beginning and end of the month. There was a remarkable cold snowy spell at the end of the month - the heaviest snowfall since the winter of 2012 - 2013.


28-29 April. A remarkable heavy late spell of snow, settling later on the Thursday, leaving a 5 cm cover on the Friday morning.


May 2016. Quite warm, sunny, and relatively dry.


June 2016. Dull and wet.


July 2016. Unsettled.


August 2016. Quite warm and somewhat dry; also quite sunny.

10 August. A cold night with a minimum of +1.7C, the new record minimum for August.


September 2016. The warmest September in my records, and locally probably for at least the last 30 years, with an average temperature of 14.9C. It was also a sunny month, although rainfall was about average.

13 September. A new record high minimum for September, with an overnight "low" of 16.1C.

15 September. A new record high maximum for September, at 24.9C.


October 2016. Mild days, cool days, anticyclonic but otherwise average.


November 2016. With only 37.0 mm of rain, very dry (although not as dry as November 2000 or 2008) and at 3.6 C cold (but not quite as cold as 2010), and extremely sunny month.

21 November. A new record low minimum for November, with an overnight low of -7.5. It followed a frost day, with a maximum of just -0.3 on the 20th, very rare for November.


December 2016. Unusually anticyclonic, mild, quite dry, and dull.

25 December. A very mild Christmas day, at 12.2C, and a near gale as well. Indeed it is the new record warmest Christmas Day in my records, easily beating 2011.



2017.


2016-17 was a dry winter, but a relatively wet February means not as dry as 2011-12.


January 2017. Quite dry, cool, and sunny.


February 2017. Quite mild, wetter than average.


March 2017. Quite mild and sunny.


April 2017. The record driest month in my records, with just 7.0 mm of rain in total - coming after a very dry winter too.

18 April. With a minimum of -3.4, the second lowest April reading (after 1 April 2013), and easily the record lowest temperature for such a late date.


May 2017. Very warm - as warm as 2016 but at 11.8C mean not quite as warm as 2001 (at 11.9)/. The first third was dry and settled, the month becoming unsettled with more rain.

3 May. At 24%, the record record lowest humidity I have recorded.

6 May. A slight frost, at -0.4C, which only happens in 1 in 3 Mays.

12 May. A dry spell ends - one hour short of a meteorological drought (14 days without rain). Slightly drier than average.

26 May. A warm spell from the 24th to the 28th, culminating with 26.1C on the 28th. Only May 2010 saw a (slightly) higher May temperature (with 26.1).


June 2017. Wet (116.8 mm total rain, the third wettest in 21 years), less sunny than average (6866 minutes), breezy at times, and warm (mean 14.0, the warmest since 2014, and the 3rd warmest in 21 years).

2 June. The lowest minimum of the month, at 5.6C.

6 June. The wettest day of the month, with 32.4 mm of rain.

18 June. The highest minimum of the month, at 15.8C, the equal record highest June minimum (with 2005).

24 June. The warmest day of the month, at 24.3C.

27 June. 10.7C, the lowest maximum of the month, and the record latest day for such a low maximum.


July 2017. A fairly average month. With an average temperature of 14.8C it was slightly cooler than average, and with 47.8 mm of rain it was relatively dry.

24 July. The warmest day of the month, at 22.9C.


August 2017. Cool, wet, but sunny. The temperature didn't exceed 21.1C (70F) all month, the first time in my records this has happened.

1 August. Thundery showers. The rainfall rate in the hour ending 4 pm is 8.8 mm/hour.

2 August. Very heavy shower: the rainfall rate in the hour ending 8 am is 11.2 mm/hour.

26 August. The highest temperature of the month, 20.7C, the new record lowest August maximum.


September 2017. Cool and dull.


October 2017. Mild and quite dry; a westerly month.

30 October. With a minimum of -2.3C the first frost of the year.

Overall cool and quite dry. It was quite dry until the 19th (9.4 mm), and most of the month's rain fell between the 19th and 22nd. After that the rest of the month was cold with occasional light snow. It was a very sunny month: sunnier than October, and not far behind September!

Overall mean temperature: 4.7C

Overall mean maximum temperature: 8.1

Overall mean minimum temperature: 1.4

Highest maximum temperature: 13.7 on the 1st

Lowest maximum temperature: 2.9 on the 24th

Lowest minimum temperature: -2.6 on the 25th

Rain total: 45.2 mm

Highest daily 9-9 rain temperature: 12.6 on the 22nd

4 days snow fall, 1 day snow laying 9-9, max depth 0.5 cm


The November average temperature here in my 20 years of records is 5.8, and this was the 7th coldest. Average rainfall here is 79.9, and this was the sixth driest. However November 2016 was both colder and drier.


December 2017

Overall cool, very dry, and quite sunny. It was the coolest December since 2012 and the driest since 2001.



2018


January 2018

Cold, about average sunshine and rain.


February 2018

Overall cold and dry quite sunny.

Overall mean temperature: 2.3 C (-1.07 C), coldest since 2010, and second coldest in 21 years

Overall mean maximum temperature: 5.3

Overall mean minimum temperature: -0.7

Highest maximum temperature: 10.1 on the 20th

Lowest maximum temperature: -2.1 on the 28th, a new record lowest February maximum

Lowest minimum temperature: -5.0 on the 28th

Rain total: 39.4 mm (69 %)

Highest daily 9-9 rain fall: 6.0 on the 14th

9 days snow fall 9-9, 5 day snow laying at 9, max depth 3.0 cm 6th and 28th


March 2018

Overall cold, wet, and dull.

Overall mean temperature: 23.2 C (-3.4 C), coldest since 2013, and third coldest in 21 years

Overall mean maximum temperature: 5.9

Overall mean minimum temperature: 0.5

Highest maximum temperature: 12.2 on the 25th

Lowest maximum temperature: -1.5 on the 1st, equal record March lowest maximum.

Lowest minimum temperature: -4.8 on the 1st

Rain total: 146.6 mm (274 %), by far the record wettest March monin 21 yearsth

Highest daily 9-9 rain fall: 32.8 on the 15th

11 days snow fall 9-9, 11 day snow laying at 9, max depth 16.0 cm 2nd and 3rd.


April 2018

Not far from average, slightly cooler an drier than long-term average, quite dull.


May 2018

The warmest and sunniest May in my records (and only beaten by April 2015 for sunshine).

Overall mean temperature:12.6 C (+1.9 C)

Overall mean maximum temperature: 18.2

Overall mean minimum temperature: 7.0

Highest maximum temperature: 24.5 on the 30th

Lowest maximum temperature: 10.3 on the 3rd

Lowest minimum temperature: -1.1 on the 1st

Rain total: 47.0 mm (80 %)

Highest daily 9-9 rain fall: 17.0 on the 12th

0 snow or frost days


May 2018

The second warmest in my records (after June 2003) and sunniest June in my records. Only some cool nights kept the average temperature down. An extremely interesting month.

Overall mean temperature:14.3 C (+1.3 C)

Overall mean maximum temperature: 20.2

Overall mean minimum temperature: 7.6

Highest maximum temperature: 29.6 on the 28th

Lowest maximum temperature: 12.9 on the 16th

Lowest minimum temperature: 5.8 on the 26th

Rain total: 38.0 mm (54 %)

Highest daily 9-9 rain fall: 17.0 on the 19th

0 snow or frost days

1 thunder day (10th)

I am sure my Davis thermometer, although screened and suitable exposed, over-records in direct sunshine.

A damaging gale on the 14th.

A new record low humidity of 24% on the 25th.

A very high diurnal range of 22.7 C.

The maximum of 29.6 C on the 28th is an all time new record maximum for me in this area.



June 2018


The absolute drought is this tiny patch of East Scotland came to an end yesterday afternoon in the most feeble way possible, with my Davis gauge tipping just once to give 0.2 mm in what was an extremely local shower. This downpour ended 18 days without rain (the second drought of the spring/summer).It's annoying because there is no rain forecast for the next few days, so we were on course for beating my record drought of 21 days in July/August 1999.


July 2018

The equal hottest (along with July 2006) and locally sunniest June in my records. The second drought of the year ends on the 8th.


Overall mean temperature: 17.1 C (+2.0 C)

Overall mean maximum temperature: 22.0

Overall mean minimum temperature: 12.0

Highest maximum temperature: 28.6 on the 27th

Lowest maximum temperature: 16.9 on the 12th

Lowest minimum temperature: 7.6 on the 25th

Rain total: 54.2 mm (69 %)

Highest daily 9-9 rain fall: 13.8 on the 27th

0 snow or frost days

1 thunder day (27th)


August 2018

Overall slightly cooler, drier, and duller than average.

Overall mean temperature: 14.4 C (-0.4 C)

Overall mean maximum temperature: 18.6 (-0.3)

Overall mean minimum temperature: 10.3 (-0.2)

Highest maximum temperature: 24.8 on the 3rd

Lowest maximum temperature: 11.9 on the 28th

Lowest minimum temperature: 4.3 on the 30th & 31st

Rain total: 59.0 mm (76 %)

Highest daily 9-9 rain fall: 14.0 on the 12th

0 snow or frost days

0 thunder day (27th)

The maximum of 11.9 on the 28th was the second lowest in 20 years (pipped by 11.8 in August 2008).


September 2018

Overall slightly cooler, drier, and sunnier than average.

Overall mean temperature: 12.1 C (-0.7 C)

Overall mean maximum temperature: 15.8 (-0.8)

Overall mean minimum temperature: 8.3 (-0.7)

Highest maximum temperature: 19.9 on the 1st

Lowest maximum temperature: 12.5 on the 25th

Lowest minimum temperature: 1.6 on the 23rd

Rain total: 52.8 mm (94 %)

Highest daily 9-9 rain fall: 11.2 on the 18th

0 snow or frost days

1 thunder day (27th)

No records set this month.


October 2018

Average temperatures but quite dry; cold spell at end of the month.

Overall mean temperature: 9.4 C (0 C)

Overall mean maximum temperature: 12.6 (0)

Overall mean minimum temperature: 6.1 (0)

Highest maximum temperature: 18.1 on the 10th

Lowest maximum temperature: 6.9 on the 30th

Lowest minimum temperature: -3.1 on the 29th

Rain total: 57.6 mm (68 %)

Highest daily 9-9 rain fall: 15.8 on the 13th

0 snow or frost days

0 thunder day (27th)

The minimum of -3.1 on 29th is the lowest for October in my records (since 1996).

18 October. An unusually early air frost (-0.1, just); only 2012 was earlier.

29 October. A new record low minimum for October, by some way, at -3.1.


November 2018

Mild, very wet, and aa very dull month, the dullest in recent years.

Overall mean temperature: 6.7 C (+0.9 C)

Overall mean maximum temperature: 9.3(+0.6)

Overall mean minimum temperature: 4.1 (+1.1)

Highest maximum temperature: 15.0 on the 15th

Lowest maximum temperature: 4.5 on the 26th

Lowest minimum temperature: -0.9 on the 2nd

Rain total: 141.0 mm (171 %)

Highest daily 9-9 rain fall: 16.4 on the 20th

0 snow or frost days

0 thunder day (27th)


December 2018

A average month, a little drier, milder and sunnier than average.

Overall mean temperature: 4.1 C (+0.6 C)

Overall mean maximum temperature: 7.0 (+0.9)

Overall mean minimum temperature: 1.1 (+0.2)

Highest maximum temperature: 12.0 on the 26th

Lowest maximum temperature: 1.8 on the 23rd

Lowest minimum temperature: -4.7 on the 5th

Rain total: 63 mm (179 %)

Highest daily 9-9 rain fall: 28.0 on the 16th

1 snow or frost days

0 thunder day (27th)



2019

A mild winter, and quite warm but wet summer. Averge temperatures making it an unremarkable year.


January 2019


Very dry. Also very sunny and cool (as a result of cold nights).

Overall mean temperature: 6.0 C (+0.2 C)

Overall mean maximum temperature: -0.9 (-1.8)

Overall mean minimum temperature: 2.5 (-0.8)

Highest maximum temperature: 11.9 on the 12th

Lowest maximum temperature: 0.9 on the 22nd

Lowest minimum temperature: -7.0 on the 31st

Rain total: 12.2 mm (15 %)

Highest daily 9-9 rain fall: 5.4 on the 21st

4 snow days, 1 day snow lying, 0 frost days

0 thunder day (27th)


The record driest in my records (since at least 1996). The minimum of -7.0 on the 31st is the 7th lowest to date and the lowest minimum not over snow cover.


February 2019

Cold spell at beginning and very mild at the end. Mild and dry.

Overall mean temperature: 9.0 C (+1.9 C)

Overall mean maximum temperature: 1.2 (+0.2

Overall mean minimum temperature: 5.1 (+1.1)

Highest maximum temperature: 16.4* on the 26th

Lowest maximum temperature: 2.2 on the 2nd

Lowest minimum temperature: -8.3* on the 1st

Rain total: 30.4 mm (54 %)

Highest daily 9-9 rain fall: 10.6 on the 8th

2 snow days, 2 day snow lying, 0 frost days

0 thunder day ()

Both a record new maximum and new minimum for my station, 16.4 on the 26th is easily a new record maximum, and a minimum of -8.3C on the 1st.


March 2019

Overall mean temperature                      6.6 (+1.0 C)

Overall mean maximum temperature     9.9 (+0.9)

Overall mean minimum temperature:     3.2 (+1.1)

Highest maximum temperature              15.0 on the 21st

Lowest maximum temperature:              2.1 on the 16th

Lowest minimum temperature:              -3.5 on the 31st

Rain total:                                              78.8 (144 %)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                     18.4 on the 6th

3 snow days, 1 day snow lying, 0 frost days

0 thunder day

Overall quite wet and mild, but sunny. Wet unsettled first half, dry anticyclonic second half.


April 2019

Overall mean temperature                      8.4 (+0.5 C)

Overall mean maximum temperature     13.0 (+1.0)

Overall mean minimum temperature:     3.8 (0)

Highest maximum temperature              23.7 on the 20th

Lowest maximum temperature:              6.1 on the 3rd

Lowest minimum temperature:              -2.8 on the 10th

Rain total:                                              38.6 (82 %)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                      10.4 on the 26th

0 snow days, 0 day snow lying, 0 frost days

0 thunder day

Overall quite dry, mild, and sunny. The maximum of 23.7C on the 20th was easily a new record high for April here (since 1996); it reached 22.4 the next day, too. There was an absolute drought from the 7th to 23rd inclusive.


May 2019

Overall cool and wet. In fact the wettest May in my records, just beating May 2011 (101.0 mm). Although grim to endure, the rainfall was much needed after recent dry months.

Overall mean maximum temperature    14.7 (-0.4 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature    5.3 (-0.9)

Overall mean temperature                     10.0 (-0.6)

Highest maximum temperature              24.7 on the 15th

Lowest maximum temperature:              6.2 on the 8th

Lowest minimum temperature:              -0.1 on the 4th

Rain total:                                              101.6 (165 %)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                      22.6 on the 7th

0 snow days, 0 day snow lying, 0 frost days

0 thunder day



June 2019

An average month.

Overall mean maximum temperature    17.8 (+0.6 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     8.8 (-0.3)

Overall mean temperature                     13.3 (+0.2)

Highest maximum temperature              24.1 on the 29th

Lowest maximum temperature:              10.6 on the 13th

Lowest minimum temperature:              4.8 on the 22nd

Rain total:                                              66.2 (94 %)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                      10.0 on the 10th

0 snow days, 0 day snow lying, 0 frost days

1 thunder day (24th)


July 2019

Warmer, wetter, and sunnier than average.

Overall mean maximum temperature    20.9 (+0.6 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     12.0 (+1.5)

Overall mean temperature                     16.5 (+1.1)

Highest maximum temperature              25.3 on the 23rd

Lowest maximum temperature:              16.4 on the 6th

Lowest minimum temperature:              5.7 on the 8th

Rain total:                                             95.6 (121 %)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                      17.0 on the 19th

Fog mornings:                                        2

0 snow days, 0 day snow lying, 0 frost days

2 thunder days (24th, 25th)



August 2019


A dull, very wet month, slightly warmer than average.

Overall mean maximum temperature    19.0 (+0.1 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     11.1 (+0.6)

Overall mean temperature                     15.1 (+10.3)

Highest maximum temperature              26.9 on the 25th

Lowest maximum temperature:             14.4 on the 11th

Lowest minimum temperature:             4.9 on the 13th

Rain total:                                             143.6 (178 %)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                      25.2 on the 6th

Fog mornings:                                        6

0 snow days, 0 day snow lying, 0 frost days

0 thunder days

9-10 August. Overnight thundery rain, with a rainfall rate of 11.2 mm falling between 1 and 2 am.



September 2019


A wet month close to average temperatures; slightly duller than normal.

Overall mean maximum temperature    16.4 (-0.2 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     8.5 (-0.9)

Overall mean temperature                     12.5 (-0.3)

Highest maximum temperature              22.7 on the 20th

Lowest maximum temperature:              12.6 on the 27th

Lowest minimum temperature:              2.0 on the 16th

Rain total:                                             81.2 (141%)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                     17.6 on the 26th

Fog mornings:                                        x0

0 snow days, 0 day snow lying, 0 frost days

0 thunder days (th)


October 2019


Rather cool and dry but often sunny.

Overall mean maximum temperature    11.3 (-1.2 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     4.2 (-1.9)

Overall mean temperature                     7.8 (-1.5)

Highest maximum temperature              14.9 on the 2nd

Lowest maximum temperature:              6.8 on the 25th

Lowest minimum temperature:              -2.7 on the 21st

Rain total:                                             64.6 (77 %)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                     23.4  on the 5th

Fog mornings:                                       5

0 snow days, 0 day snow lying, 0 frost days

0 thunder days (th)


November 2019


A cold, wet, dull , foggy month with some very sharp frosts.

Overall mean maximum temperature    6.4 (-2.2 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     0.8 (-2.1)

Overall mean temperature                     0.8 (-2.1)

Highest maximum temperature              12.1 on the 25th

Lowest maximum temperature:              0.4 on the 30th

Lowest minimum temperature:              -6.6 on the 19th

Rain total:                                             125.8 (x148 %)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                      19.8 on the 23rd

Fog mornings:                                        13

0 snow days, 0 day snow lying, 14 frost days

0 thunder days (th)


December 2019


Overall a very dull month, sligfhtly warmer than average but with near average rainfall.

Overall mean maximum temperature    6.9 +0.8 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     1.8 (+1.0)

Overall mean temperature                    4.3 (+0.8)

Highest maximum temperature             11.5 on the 29th

Lowest maximum temperature:              3.0 on the 15th

Lowest minimum temperature:             -6.0 on the 1st

Rain total:                                             66.6 (94 %)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                     12.4  on the 7th

Fog mornings:                                        2

0 snow days, 0 day snow lying, 0 frost days

0 thunder days (th)




2020


Overall 2020 was a rather average year, wet at times, with an unexceptional summer and winter.

Spring 2020 was easily the driest on my records (since 1996) with just 73.4 mm of rain (46%).


January 2020

Overall very mild, the mildest in my records (since 1996), and quite dry.

Overall mean maximum temperature    8.1 (+2.2 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     2.8 (+2.0)

Overall mean temperature                     5.4 (+2.1)

Highest maximum temperature              13.8 on the 7th

Lowest maximum temperature:              3.1 on the 28th

Lowest minimum temperature:              -4.2 on the 10th

Rain total:                                             48.0 mm (59 %)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                      10.4 mm on the 8th

Fog mornings:                                        2

1 snow days, 2 day snow lying, 0 frost days

0 thunder days (th)


February 2020

Overall an extremely wet month - the wettest February in my records - and rather cool.

Overall mean maximum temperature    6.4 (-0.6 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     0.7 (-0.3)

Overall mean temperature                     3.6 (-0.4)

Highest maximum temperature              10.1 on the 4th

Lowest maximum temperature:              1.3 on the 24th

Lowest minimum temperature:              -3.2 on the 13th

Rain total:                                             157.2 mm (258 %)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                      19.0 mm on the 8th

Fog mornings:                                        2

8 snow days, 0 day snow lying, 0 frost days

0 thunder days (th)


29 February. A very low pressure of 946 mbars.


March 2020

Somewhat cool with about average temperatures. Quite dry. A month of two halves; unsetteld first half and anticyclonic second half. Remarkably the month saw a new record high pressure of 1047 mbars (29th) for any month, and a new record low pressure for March of 958 mbars (1st).

Overall mean maximum temperature    8.8 (-0.6 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     1.5 (-0.3)

Overall mean temperature                     5.2 (-0.6)

Highest maximum temperature              14.3 on the 24th

Lowest maximum temperature:              5.1 on the 1st

Lowest minimum temperature:              -3.9 on the 20th

Rain total:                                             30.4 mm (57 %)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                      7.0 mm on the 14th

Fog mornings:                                        1

0 snow days, 0 day snow lying, 0 frost days

0 thunder days (th)


April 2020

Slightly warmer than average, quite dry and sunny. Some cool nights.

Overall mean maximum temperature    13.8 (+1.7 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     3.0 (-0.8)

Overall mean temperature                     8.4 (+0.5) (11= warmest since 1996)

Highest maximum temperature              19.9 on the 15th

Lowest maximum temperature:              7.3 on the 3rd

Lowest minimum temperature:              -3.2 on the 3rd

Rain total:                                             14.6 mm (31%) (3= driest since 1996)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                      7.4 mm on the 29th

Fog mornings:                                        0

0 snow days, 0 day snow lying, 0 frost days

0 thunder days


May 2020.

Dry, sunny, quite warm, with some hot days and cool nights.


Overall mean maximum temperature    17.4 (+2.2 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature    5.6 (-0.6)

Overall mean temperature                     11.5 (+0.8) (5th warmest since 1996)

Highest maximum temperature              26.0 on the 28th

Lowest maximum temperature:              9.6 on the 10th

Lowest minimum temperature:              -3.6 on the 13th

Rain total:                                             26.4 mm (47%) (3rd driest since 1996)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                      9.2 mm on the 21st

Fog mornings:                                        5

0 snow days, 0 day snow lying, 0 frost days

0 thunder days

The humidity of 17% on 6 May is easily a new record low.

The minimum of -2.4C on the morning of 11 May is a new record low by some way, but ...

... then this in turn was broken by an amazing -3.6C on the morning of 11 May.



June 2020.

After the excitement of May, June was pretty average, being slightly warmer, wetter, and cloudier than average.


Overall mean maximum temperature    18.2 (+1.0 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     9.8 (+0.3)

Overall mean temperature                     14.0 (+0.8) (=4th warmest since 1996)

Highest maximum temperature              25.6 on the 25th

Lowest maximum temperature:              11.6 on the 10th

Lowest minimum temperature:              4.3 on the 5th

Rain total:                                             75.4 mm (107%) (=8th wettest since 1996)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                      12.8 mm on the 30th

Fog mornings:                                        5

0 snow days, 0 day snow lying, 0 frost days

1 thunder days


July 2020.

July was slightly cooler, duller, and wetter than average.


Overall mean maximum temperature    17.9 (-1.4 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     10.0 (-0.9)

Overall mean temperature                     14.0 (-1.1) (=5th coolest since 1996)

Highest maximum temperature              23.1 on the 31st

Lowest maximum temperature:              13.2 on the 1st

Lowest minimum temperature:              6.6 on the 19th

Rain total:                                             90.8 mm (114%) (=9th wettest since 1996)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                      18.6 mm on the 28th

Fog mornings:                                        6

0 snow days, 0 day snow lying, 0 frost days

0 thunder days


August 2020.

August was wet and very dull but with close to average temperatures.


Overall mean maximum temperature    18.1 (-0.8 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     11.0 (+0.4)

Overall mean temperature                     14.6 (-0.2) (=12th coolest since 1996)

Highest maximum temperature              25.4 on the 12th

Lowest maximum temperature:              12.7 on the 27th

Lowest minimum temperature:              4.3 on the 30th

Rain total:                                             126.8 mm (153%) (7th wettest since 1996)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                      30.6 mm on the 25th

Fog mornings:                                        5

0 snow days, 0 day snow lying, 0 frost days

1 thunder days


11 August 2020. A thunder day (and night), rare in these parts. A real thunderstorm rather than just a bit of thundery rain.

25 August 2020. A very wet day, with 30.6 mm of rain 9-9 GMT.



September 2020.

September was cool and quite dry and bright. There was almost a drought, and it was almost a very dry month, saved by a wet final day.

Overall mean maximum temperature    16.1 (-0.4 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     7.9 (-1.1)

Overall mean temperature                     12.0 (-0.8) (5th coolest since 1995)

Highest maximum temperature              22.0 on the 18th

Lowest maximum temperature:              11.3 on the 30th

Lowest minimum temperature:              -1.3 on the 27th

Rain total:                                             43.6 mm (77%) 10th driest since 1996)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                      25.6 mm on the 30th

Fog mornings:                               2                                            

0 snow days, 0 day snow lying, 1 frost days

0 thunder days


20 September 2020. A remarkable early cold spell; a new record September minimum of -1.3C on the morning of Sunday 20th, the first time I've recorded an air frost in September here (since 1995), and hence the earliest date for an air frost.

30 September 2020. A wet day (just, 25.6 mm of rain), with most of it falling after midnight!


October 2020

Very wet, very dull, and rather cool. Easily the wettest October in my records, with a total of 183.0 mm of rain beating 152.2 in October 2004. There were no frosts.

Overall mean maximum temperature    11.6 (-0.9 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     6.0 (-0.1)

Overall mean temperature                     8.8 (-0.5) (7th coolest since 1995)

Highest maximum temperature              15.4 on the 7th

Lowest maximum temperature:              8.6 on the 27th

Lowest minimum temperature:              0.2 on the 17th

Rain total:                                             183.0 mm (208%) wettest since 1995 at least)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                      55.4 mm on the 3rd

Fog mornings:                               3     

0 snow days, 0 day snow lying, 0 air frosts, 0 frost days

0 thunder days

3 October. 55.4 mm of rain, the second wettest day in my records.

21 October. Another very wet day, with 32.0 mm, and 31.8 mm of that falling between midnight and 7 am.


November 2020

A mild, dull, dry month, although not exceptionally so.

Overall mean maximum temperature    9.8 (+1.3 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     4.4 (+1.5)

Overall mean temperature                     7.1 (+1.3) (6th warmest since 1995)

Highest maximum temperature             15.1 on the 5th

Lowest maximum temperature:             4.2 on the 26th

Lowest minimum temperature:              -3.4 on the 29th

Rain total:                                             49.6 mm (60%) 9th driest since 1995 at least)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                      10.2 mm on the 8th

Fog mornings:                               5     

0 snow days, 0 day snow lying, 5 air frosts, 0 frost days

0 thunder days

Sunshine nearby: 61.7 hours against mean of 71.5 (5th dullest out of 12)

8 November. The minimum of 12.6C on the 8th was the record highest minimum for November.



December 2020

A dull, wet month, slightly warmer than usual. Mild first three weeks, colder and less wet final week.

Overall mean maximum temperature    6.0 (-0.1 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     1.5 (+0.6)

Overall mean temperature                     3.8 (+0.3) (=14th warmest since 1995)

Highest maximum temperature             12.4 on the 18th

Lowest maximum temperature:             0.7 on the 28th

Lowest minimum temperature:              -5.1 on the 31st

Rain total:                                             101.8 mm (142%) (4th wettest since 1995)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                     27.6 mm on the 4th

Fog mornings:                               0     

3 snow days, 3 day snow lying, 12 air frosts, 0 frost days

0 thunder days

Sunshine nearby: 39.4 hours against mean of 52.1 (76%, 4th dullest out of 13).



2021.

Winter 20-21 at 2.5C was cool and wet. It was the new record coldest spring n my records (7.1C).


January 2021

A very cold, snowy month, but quite sunny and dry.

Overall mean maximum temperature    3.0 (-2.8 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     -1.9 (-2.6)

Overall mean temperature                     0.6 (-2.6) (coldest since 2010 and second coldest since at least 2010)

Highest maximum temperature             9.1 on the 11th

Lowest maximum temperature:             -0.8 on the 8th

Lowest minimum temperature:              -6.3 on the 9th

Rain total:                                            60.6 mm (76%) (10th driest since 1995)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                     12.0 mm on the 13th

Fog mornings:                               5     

10 snow days, 12 day snow lying (greatest depth 8.0 cm on the 13th) , 23 air frosts, 1 frost days

0 thunder days, 0 gales

Sunshine nearby: 5.3 hours against mean of 52.1 (123%, 5th  out of 13).


February 2021

A month of two halves: very cold and snowy first half, very mild second half. The wettest February in my records.

Overall mean maximum temperature    5.9 (-1.1 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     0.5 (-0.5)

Overall mean temperature                     3.2 (-0.8) (5th coldest in last 25 years)

Highest maximum temperature             12.8 on the 27th

Lowest maximum temperature:             -0.7 on the 9th

Lowest minimum temperature:              -11.9 on the 11th (record coldest)

Rain total:                                            164.2 mm (253%) (wettest on record)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                     45.8 mm on the 4th (7th highest daily rainfall)

Fog mornings:                               0     

11 snow days, 11 day snow lying (greatest depth 24.0 cm on the 10th) , 11 air frosts, 12 frost days

0 thunder days, 0 gales

Sunshine nearby: 52.3 hours against mean of 80.3 (65%, 2nd dullest out of 13; only February 2013 duller).


March 2021

Overall quite mild and dry; an unusually westerly month, and somewhat anticyclonic.

Overall mean maximum temperature    10.2 (+1.0 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     3.5 (+1.4)

Overall mean temperature                     6.8 (+1.2) (5th warmest in last 25 years, warmest since 2012)

Highest maximum temperature             19.2 on the 18th

Lowest maximum temperature:             3.3 on the 3rd

Lowest minimum temperature:              -3.9 on the 6th

Rain total:                                            46.2 mm (87%) (=12th driest)

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                     13.6 mm on the 10th

Fog mornings:                               0     

1 snow days, 0 day snow lying , 3 air frost nights, 0 frost days

0 thunder days, 0 gales

Sunshine nearby: 103.9 hours against mean of 117.5 (88%, 5th dullest out of 13).

30 March 2021. The minimum of 11.3C is the new record highest minimum for March.


April 2021

Very anticyclonic and very sunny, very dry, and cold, with many frosty nights, with a relatively wet and cloudy final few days. The jet stream was well to the south of us for most of the month keeping us in cold air, with frequent winds from the northerly quadrant (but often there was no wind at all). For the first time in my records here April was colder than March. The cold nights produced an extraodinary deviation from the mean, with the only sub-zero average minimum recorded in April. It was the 4th driest of any month, with only April 1997 and 2017 and September 2014 being drier. The sunshine totals were also prodigious; only 2011 and 2015 were sunnier Aprils, and the only higher titles are found in May, although not often; so I make it the 7th sunniest month of any sort of the last 15 years. Note that high sunshine totals here always occur in spring, not the summer, even though the potential for sunny months is greater nearer the solstice. Overall it was a remarkable month. I've run out of adjectives.

Overall mean maximum temperature    11.3 (-0.8 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     -0.1 (-3.7)

Overall mean temperature                     5.6 (-2.2) (2nd coldest in last 25 years, only April 2013 was colder - just)

Highest maximum temperature             18.1 on the 22nd

Lowest maximum temperature:             5.2 on the 5th

Lowest minimum temperature:              -4.8 on the 11th - a new record low minimum for April

Rain total:                                            10.6 mm (24%) (3rd driest of April, after 1997 and 2017).

Highest daily 9-9 rainfall:                     2.8 mm on the 27th

Fog mornings:                               0     

1 snow days, 0 day snow lying , 17 air frost nights, 0 frost days

0 thunder days, 0 gales

Sunshine nearby: 220.2 hours against mean of 159.9 (138%, 3rd sunniest out of 15, only April 2011 and 2015 sunnier).

11 April 2021. In a blast of Arctic air, with clear skies and a very light wind, a new record minimum of -4.8C.



May 2021

May 2021 in Newtyle was utterly miserable. It was record-breakingly cold, wet, and dull (the new record coldest, new record wettest, and new record dullest). The only good things that can be said about it is that there was only one air frost, and the last five days brought a little warmth and sunshine and respite from the continual heavy rain. There were three very wet days (defined as more than 25.0 mm of rain in  the 9-9 GMT observing day): 3rd, 20th, and 23rd. The maxima were particularly low, with temperatures not exceeding 20C until the 29th. In spite of the longer days sunshine was only slightly more than half of April's total.

Overall mean maximum temperature    12.5 (-2.6 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     5.0 (-1.1)

Overall mean temperature                     8.8 (-1.8) (coldest in last 25 years)

Highest maximum temperature             20.2 on the 29th

Lowest maximum temperature:             8.1 on the 8th

Lowest minimum temperature:              -0.7 on the 7th

Rain total:                                            150.5 mm (236%) (wettest)

Highest daily 9-9 GMT rainfall:            30.0 mm on the 3rd

Fog mornings:                               0     

0 snow days, 0 day snow lying , 1 air frost nights, 0 frost days

1 thunder days, 0 gales

Sunshine nearby: 112.3 hours against mean of 184.7 (61%, dullest out of 15).

3 May. 30.0 mm of rain fell today.

7 May. The only air frost of the month, at -0.7.

27 May. At the end of an exceptionally dry month, a drought begins ...


June 2021

June 2021 was the driest in my 25 years of records. It was slightly warmer than average, and somewhat cloudier, but with a few pleasantly warm days. The maximum of 23.9C on the 29th is the highest I know of for that day in the UK, and in line with other local readings. The night before was unusally cold, with a minimum of 2.6C, particularly low for so late in the year. Most of the rain fell on only two days, the 13th and 24th. There were high minima of 15.3 on the 13th and 24th. So after a very dry April, and a record-breakingly wet May, we had a record-breakingly dry June. What an odd three months.

Overall mean maximum temperature    18.4 (+1.1 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     9.8 +0.7)

Overall mean temperature                     14.1 (+0.9) (4th warmest in last 25 years)

Highest maximum temperature             23.9 on the 29th

Lowest maximum temperature:             12.4 on the 19th

Lowest minimum temperature:             2.6 on the 22nd

Rain total:                                            24.2 mm (35%) (driest)

Highest daily 9-9 GMT rainfall:            13.6 mm on the 24th

Fog mornings:                               0     

0 snow days, 0 day snow lying , 1 air frost nights, 0 frost days

0 thunder days, 0 gales

Sunshine nearby: 127.9 hours against mean of 132.3 (90%, 7th dullest out of 19).

10 June. A minimum of 15.3C, the second highest minimum for June in my records; repeated again on the 24th.

13 June. A 17-day drought ends with 7.8 mm of rain overnight.

22 June. With a minimum of 2.6C the coldest night of the month, at a remarkably late date.

23 June. With a maximum of 23.9C Newtyle could be the warmest place in the country today ...


July 2021

July 2021 was warm, sunny, and quite dry. There was a drought midmonth, with most of the rainfall falling on just a few days at the beginning and end of the month. The warm weather came to an end on the 27th with a significant thunderstorm in the early hours of the following night. However, given the position of the high bringing the hot weather to the south, it was a very easterly month, which here on the east coast means low cloud, haar, and temperatures kept down. Nevertheless it often cleared for a good few hours in the afternoon giving plenty of hot sunshine.

Overall mean maximum temperature    20.8 (+1.4 C)

Overall mean minimum temperature     12.4 (+1.5)

Overall mean temperature                     16.6 (+1.4) (4th warmest in last 25 years)

Highest maximum temperature             26.2 on the 17th

Lowest maximum temperature:             15.3 on the 6th

Lowest minimum temperature:             5.6 on the 2nd

Rain total:                                            58.5 mm (74%) (11th driest)

Highest daily 9-9 GMT rainfall:            22.4 mm on the 27th

Fog mornings:                               0     

0 snow days, 0 day snow lying , 0 air frost nights, 0 frost days

2 thunder days, 0 gales

Sunshine nearby: 153.9 hours against mean of 152.7 (101%, 6th sunniest out of 16).

2 July. A very low minimum of July of 5.6 (4th coldest).

12 July - 26 July inclusive. Yet another drought.

27 July. A major thunderstorm nearby in the early hours of the 28th. 11.2 mm of rain fell in one hour. At its height there were more than one strikes a minute.


August 2021

August 2021 was a very average month overall, but with a wet and unsettled first half, and dry and anticyclonic from the 22nd. However the blocking high brought mostly easterly winds, which gave varying amounts of cloud and fog, particularly in the morning.

Overall mean maximum temperature    19.1 (+0.2 CÂș)

Overall mean minimum temperature     11.2 (+o.6)

Overall mean temperature                     15.1 (+0.3) (=6th warmest in last 25 years)

Highest maximum temperature             23.8 on the 24th

Lowest maximum temperature:             15.4 on the 30th

Lowest minimum temperature:             5.1 on the 31st

Rain total:                                            79.2 mm (96%) (11th wettest)

Highest daily 9-9 GMT rainfall:            26.8 mm on the 66th

Fog mornings:                               4     

0 snow days, 0 day snow lying , 0 air frost nights, 0 frost days

0 thunder days, 0 gales

Sunshine nearby: 129.6 hours against mean of 131.7 (98%, 8th sunniest out of 15).

6 August. Rainfall total of 26.8.

23 AUgust. It turns much drier.