Friday, 14 June 2019

Feels Like It Should Be a Record!

Somehow I feel I should be writing a blog post about a wettest or coldest June I've recorded but amazingly that isn't the case. As far as I can tell other parts of the country have had far more rain than we have and we've had plenty.
Temperature & Rainfall Records 7-13 June 2019
So far this month up to midnight on the 13 June we've had 53.8mm (2.12in) of rainfall or around what we'd generally expect through the whole of a typical June. 
Not only has it been wet, it's also been on the very chilly side for early to mid June. I'm not referring to night time temperatures here but daytime high temperatures. Tuesday, 10 June managed just 11.2°C (52.2°F) as a daytime high. The only other time I've recorded a lower daytime temperature in June was on  03 June 2012 when the daytime temperature reached a high of just 9.6°C or 49.3°F. Tuesday makes the record for the coldest day so far into June.
Daytime High Temperatures for Early June 2010 - June 2019
With a month's rain by the middle of the month you'd think I'd be able to post that this June is the wettest since I started keeping records back in 2010. It isn't, and that record also belongs to 2012 when, by this stage of the month, we'd had 54.0mm (2.13in) marginally more than this year. June 2012 went on to have 131.5mm (5.18in) the highest monthly total I've recorded.
Rainfall Accumulative Totals for Early June 2010 - June 2019
I have to admit it does show the value of having your own weather records as I would have been convinced that this was the wettest and coldest June we've had for many years not just going back seven years.

Finally, returning to the cold June of 2012, the average temperature by the 14 June 2012 was 11.7°C (53.1°F) compare with 13.2°C (55.8°F) this June. This is entirely due to the fact that the first few days of June this year were reasonable mild, unlike June 2012 which began with a cold spell of weather rather than one developing after the first few days of the month.
The forecast suggest there might be some improvement over the next few days with the rain dying out, some warmth returning and if we're really lucky we might even see a little bit of sunshine.


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