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Warm, wet summer




Alvechurch amateur weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes.

August was a slightly warmer month than normal, with some higher temperatures in the first part of the month helping the values. It was also a fairly changeable month with spells of heavy rain at times.

There was 24.3mm on the 8th, 10mm on the 14th and 12.1mm on the 16th. At the time of writing, the outlook remained changeable, possibly getting a little warmer.

August 2019 (to the 20th)
Mean Max  21.4C  0.1 above average
Mean Min   12.6C   0.9 above average
Mean        17.0C    0.5 above average
Rainfall   77.7mm    149% of average
Sunshine  87.7 hrs  58% of average

July saw the second highest screen maximum of 33.2C on the 25th. The only higher temperature was 34.1C on 18th July 2006. (Records locally go back to 1989.)

After a very dry start to the month, with only 0.2mm of rain up to the 17th, the monthly total was 75.3mm. Most of this was made up of the 39.1mm that fell between 12.30pm and 6.30pm on the 30th.

July 2019
Mean Max  22.5C  0.9 above average
Mean Min   12.7C   0.5 above average
Mean       17.5C       0.7 above average
Rainfall     75.3mm  123% of average
Sunshine 156.8 hrs  101% of average

Confidence remains rather low, but there are signs that high pressure will increasingly dominate the weather across the UK. Southern areas are most likely to see the driest and sunniest weather at first, perhaps with some lingering wet and potentially windy conditions affecting the north.

However, longer spells of dry and sunny weather may occasionally develop across all parts. Temperatures are generally likely to be warmer than average, although there is little indication of anything exceptional at this time.

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