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Evening thunder last won the day on June 3 2011

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    The best time for a thunderstorm

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    Near Sidmouth, East Devon (a few miles inland)
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    Geography.. i.e rivers, volcanoes etc..
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    Summer: Warm/thundery. Winter: mainly frosty/snowy. Autumn/Spring: Mixed

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  1. From my point of view, I'm happy with the ECM. Thought it might have continued the acceleration towards barely a hot day here (Friday hardly gets the 15C 850hpa line in here on the GFS). However it's done the opposite. Many runs yesterday had Saturday only hot in the SE so were only ever '3 hot days' if you were in the E/SE. However this run is better for the SW and W, who have often had to sit and watch talk of 'hot/very hot days' in the E/SE as if it's affecting the whole country. Better for potential longevity too. An easterly undercut would disappointing especially further east.. what happened to those 'hot easterlies' we used to occasionally get? Edit: this shows why I didn't like the trend on many other models. Friday, what looked the most locked in hot day for many is only 'very warm' (or cooler further north) if you're not SE of a line from roughly Lincolnshire to Southampton. Hopefully the ECM is right in some form in that the hot airmass backs west again, but perhaps with a lighter easterly at the surface. Not that the weather wouldn't be lovely in the mid 20's, but my interest in weather is over-riding what I'd find most comfortable, after all on this side of the country we've had nothing notable from the 'record breaking' plumes that central-eastern areas have seen in the last 5 years.
  2. Looks like an increasing trend to a SE/E biased plume/heat event again to me (all 3 'record breaking' plumes in the last 5 years gave nothing notable to the west or SW). I'm less confident of anything notable down my way through the weekend, though widespread high temps on Friday seem a safer bet. It's not necessarily very hot away from the SE/E though, can't see any upgrade over what the 00z/06z models showed
  3. An IMBY post here. Yesterday was a very warm and humid day, Tmax 27.2C in my garden (may be 0.5-1C over). Exeter Airport saw 28.2C. For interest's sake, it would be nice if one of these 'record breaking' plumes would affect the SW more. Sometimes we look sort of included on 850hpa temps.. but on 950hpa temps, we're not.. yesterday 15:00 (4pm BST): Down into the teens though we had 26C at 950mb in South Devon in the early hours. Last July was even more stark, 15:00 and 21:00 Look at that for luck.. Also the fact that at 9pm 950hpa temps >30C had travelled a few hundred miles over the N Sea, shows the English Channel wouldn't have that much effect, it's just the plumes have mainly been east of here. It was the same story again in 2015. Of course being a few miles from the south coast, I may not get that much hotter.. but the 'modified layer' would be shallow so maybe it would heat up quicker. Certainly further inland would be hotter, it's been a while since we've seen something like 1990's 35C in North Devon. Interestingly Exeter Airport's temperature records (since 1973) go: 1976: 33.5C 1990: 32.4C 1983: 32.2C 2003: 31C (only a rounded figure available) 2013: 30.8C 2018: 30.6C A few years ago I put a trendline over the highest maxima for all years, and there was actually was a downward trend. Seems in contrast to the SE, parts of the SW are actually overdue notable heat? A trend to plumes favouring the SE doesn't favour here.
  4. This study from the Met Office has a graph which suggests we've reached about a 1 in 100 chance of 40C in the current climate (so may well happen in our lifetimes even if global warming paused), which of course increases going forward. https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/press-office/news/weather-and-climate/2020/chances-of-40c-days-in-the-uk-increasing-due-to-human-influence
  5. Probably the only summer I'd rate 'poor' overall from 2013-2019 here. June was alright. Slightly sunnier than average. July was slightly cooler, duller, and wetter than average. August was cooler, dull and very wet, with just 3 days exceeding 22C (two reached 24C) and 155mm of rain. It's also the only summer in my records (2008-present) to not reach 25C here, more surprising considering the then July record going at Heathrow! Highest was 24.7C on the 30th June. Cloud, onshore breeze, and the plume shifting east of here meant the 1st July reached 24.5C. It was 23.8C around 3am though.. and a station just up the road/hill from me recorded its highest temperature of the entire year at 3am!!!
  6. Well this clump of rain further north than expected has stopped any chances here so far (while anything with interesting heaviness misses here). Sounds very familiar to the only day in that June convective spell where I had a chance, only for a rain band to be much further south and scupper it. Question is, will the clearance coming into Cornwall lead to developments? Looking very quiet currently.
  7. I agree, it's surprising how often people seem to apparently be offended by other people's weather preferences.
  8. This is between Beer and Branscombe in East Devon. One of my favourite parts of the coast around here. Sea breeze was a bit stronger yesterday and 19-20C right on the coast but hopefully not too chilly. 20C at 8:30pm at my location as the sea breeze died which was quite pleasant. A nice enough morning today, more cloud and maybe showery bits of rain coming in though.
  9. Hopefully holiday makers are happy enough with the weather down here so far this week. Low 20's and sunny or sunny spells. This was yesterday, warm enough for shorts and t-shirt especially doing a walk like this. Felt hot enough in the sun.. I'd like some 'warm evenings' weather but that would probably mean it's a bit hot to do walks like this in the day (for me at least), so swings and roundabouts. Looking at the satellite image today.. looks poor away from the south again though.
  10. We had 4.6C on the 11th July here, 6.3C yesterday and 5.3C today. Although I live in Devon 3 miles from the coast, we're almost on the floodplain of a river valley so get cool nights all year. In contrast, a weather station 300m from the coast in Sidmouth, and less than 3 miles from me, had a low of 12.7C last night, and the lowest they've had this month is 10.7C. The lowest I've recorded in July (2008-present) is 3.7C on the 31st July 2015. Most July's get a minimum of 6-7C, although in 2018 the lowest was 8.8C.
  11. Almost posted yesterday, that 850hpa temperatures looked warmer over the North Pole than the UK for today.. then I thought I'd better not. Nice day at the surface down here though, 21-22C and mostly sunny.
  12. Not sure, but there's studies for example of 16 UK sites where both CS and KZ recorders were used simultaneously, that show the relationship for the UK: https://rmets.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/wea.2288 https://rmets.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1256/wea.99.03 Surely there must have be a difference in instrumentation or methods between the UK and other locations you mention, either before they changed from CS to KZ or after? Either that, or the 'cloud climate' of the UK really is anomalously different to these other places (even France and New Zealand?), for example if we get a lot more 'broken' cloud that reverses the relationship for us.
  13. First time I've probably stayed up to look for it when it's clear. Can see it with my naked eye and it looks good through my binoculars. Seems I may have missed it looking better though.. Also have just discovered I can make out 4 of Jupiter's moons through my binoculars!
  14. Tbh those temperatures would be at least slightly above average for any coastal location in the UK, and if there's not a significant breeze anyway, you will usually get a sea breeze develop. Although don't think I've ever felt chilly in 23-25C, so maybe one had developed and brought the local temperature down a bit.
  15. Just a thought, maybe people could be allowed to like whatever weather they wish? After all, it doesn't effect the actual weather... A better day here today, 23C and sunny.
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