Sunny May 2019 so far….

Following along in good tradition from April, this May has turned out to be another sunny one so far.

Sunshine total for the month has passed 200 hours and now stands at 201.2 hours. This brings the spring sunshine total to 563 hours, and the annual total to 762 hours.

Months with sunshine greater than 200 hours always have a ‘sunny feel’ to them (for want of a better phrase). And can occur in any month from April to September.

The number of times months since 2006 have exceeded 200 hours sunshine (though many more have come close):
April = 5
May = 8
June = 10
July = 8
August = 6
September = 3

The average sunshine for May for the last 14 years has been 204.2 hours.

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Sunny May Day

Unbroken sunshine all day has pushed the monthly sunshine total passed 100 hours. As of 20:15 today the total is 105 hours.

Mind you, the temperature never got that high despite the intense, scorching sunshine as there was a stiff breeze blowing in off the sea that kept the temperature pegged back to a maximum of 16.1C.

The annual sunshine total now at 665 hours. To this date last year there had been 542 hours, and the year went on to a total of 1938 hours.

Better than Expected

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I’d written this weekend off but in the end it wasn’t half bad. Nowhere near as glorious as Easter but on the whole pretty good.

Saturday = 14.4°C, 9.1 hours sunshine.
Sunday = 14.6°C, 3.4 hours sunshine.

Both days dry during daylight hours. Even managed some hammock time. Storm Hanna didn’t make much of an impression here, maximum gust was 36 mph, so nothing notable.

Passed the 200 hours of sunshine mark today making this month now sunnier than normal (April eLTA = 193 hours).

1st – 28th:
Mean max = 15.0°C
Mean min = 5.5°C
Mean = 10.3°C
Rain = 62 mm
Sunshine = 202 hours.

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3rd April 2019: Brrrrrr!

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I have to go back to the 2nd February (7.2°C) too for a day colder than today. A maximum of only 9.2°C even with plenty of sunshine between the showers to ‘warm’ it up a little.

April days with the maximum temperature below 10°C are rare here but 2013 broke the mould with 6 days <10°C and the 1st & 4th had maximum temperatures of only 5.8°C & 5.3°C. That was an exceptional April in my recording history.

Brrrrr.

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Summary for March 2019

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Very windy and rather wet for the first half then dry and settled thereafter. Mild throughout. Warmer and a little wetter than normal with average sunshine. Warmest March since 2017 (9.9C); wettest since 2016 (97 mm); sunniest since 2016 (164 hours).

Mean Max: 13.5ºC
Mean Min: 5.4ºC
Mean: 9.5ºC

High Max: 18.5ºC 30th
Low Max: 10.1ºC 18th
High Min: 11.9ºC 15th
Low Min: -0.9ºC 26th
Grass Min: -2.8ºC 8th

Days >15°C 7 Days   
Days >10°C 31 Days   
Nights >10°C 2 Days   
Nights >5°C 16 Days   

Rain Total (gauge): 71.8 mm
Rain Days >0.2 mm: 12 Days   
Rain Days >1.0 mm: 9 Days   
Max 24 hrs: 15.8 mm 12th
Days without any rain: 19   

Air Frost: 3 Days   
Grass Frost: 7 Days   
Snow Falling: 0 Days   
Thunder Heard: 0 Days   
Hail <5 mm: 2 Days   
Hail >5 mm: 0 Days   
Fog @ 9am: 2 Days   

Total Monthly Sunshine: 141.9 Hours
Most Sunshine in a Day: 12.0 Hours 27th
Average Daily Sunshine: 4.6 Hours   
Sunless Days: 3 Days   
Cloudless Days: 4 Days   
Total Possible Sunshine: 368.6 Hours   
Percentage of Total Sun: 38%   
Average Sunny Interval: 16.5 mins

Ave 10 Min Wind >39 mph: 0.00 Days   
Calm: 5.68 Days 18%
Mean Wind: 5.2 mph   
Max Gust: 57 mph 3rd

Mean Pressure: 1017.1 hPa   
Max Pressure: 1037.8 hPa 28th
Min Pressure: 983.3 hPa 6th

Max Dewpoint: 11.3ºC 3rd
Min Dewpoint: -2.0ºC 26th
Mean Dewpoint: 6.3ºC   

Max Humidity: 98% 2nd
Min Humidity: 43% 26th
Mean Humidity: 81%

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26th March – Exceptionally sunny

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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.

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1st half of March 2019 – Windy, wet and not very sunny

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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.

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