WARM, WET AND NOISY

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WARM, WET AND NOISY
Sunrise over Newbourne Hill, Alvechurch. Picture?Phil Thomas

Village weatherman Phil Thomas records the changes

August was a warmer than average month in The Village area, with a mean temperature of 17.7C – 1.2C higher than the local 30-year average. But rainfall was also a lot more than would be expected, with almost two and a half times the “normal” level. There was 127.7mm of rain in August around here – 245% of the 30-year mean.

It was also stormy, with two main spells of heavy rain and thunder, with thunder actually being heard on five days of the month; on the 10-12th and 16-17th. This added up to more thunderstorms than would be expected throughout the entire year locally.

September, by contrast, had less than half the rainfall that might be expected and well above average sunshine – but the first week of October more than made up for that with getting on for a full month of rain in seven days.

August 2020
Mean Max 22.2C 0.9 above average
Mean Min 3.2C 1.5 above average
Mean 17.7C 1.2 above average
Rainfall 127.7mm 245% of average
Sunshine 119.6hrs 80% of average

September 2020
Mean Max 18.7C 0.5 above average
Mean Min 9.2C 0.5 below average
Mean 13.9C = average
Rainfall 24.4mm 45% of average
Sunshine 169.2hrs 134% of average

October 2020 (Up to 7th)
Mean Max 13.9C = average
Mean Min 8.1C 1.8 above average
Mean 11.0C 0.9 above average
Rainfall 77.6mm 86% of average
Sunshine 13.3hrs 14% of average

Outlook for October and November
Settled conditions are likely across much of the UK early in this period. Some spells of wind and rain may occur, but these are expected to only be short interruptions to the predominantly fine and dry conditions. However, confidence drops by the time we move into early November. Unsettled weather looks set to return around this time, bringing rain and wind to most places, with northern and western areas likely to see the worst of these conditions.

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