Spring has arrived!!

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Spring has arrived!!

Postby John Oliver » 2014 Mar 08, 08:31

The temperature reached 16.5C yesterday (7th) here in Dorchester (south Dorset), the highest temperature recorded so early in the year in records back to 1964. The previous highest up to this date was an impressive 15.8C on February 23rd in 2012.
At this location only six miles 'as the crow flies' from the channel coast, we struggle to get early spring warmth with on-shore winds with our highest temperature in 50 years up to March 15th only 17.8C.

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Re: Spring has arrived!!

Postby Len Wood » 2014 Mar 08, 12:23

My highest here in March was 18.0C on 19th March 2005.
Record began in 1985.

Yesterday's (7th) max was 14.4C.

I am just 1km from the coast and temperatures are usually pegged back here too in the Spring with a southerly off a cool English Channel.

Wembury, SW Devon coast
N50.33 W4.13
Altitude 83 m asl
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Re: Spring has arrived!!

Postby Graham Easterling » 2014 Mar 08, 18:48

Positively warm feeling in west Cornwall today (8th) in unbroken sunshine and less breeze than forecast

Pics of SE facing Gillingvase (Falmouth 14:00) Onshore breeze only a F2.

What a difference a bit of sun makes!
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Penzance Weather Station
Grid Ref:
SW464231 - Post Code: TR18 4TP
19m AMSL - Aspect SSE
In a SE - NW orientated valley

23 Years of Penzance Weather Records : http://penzanceweather.atspace.com/weather.html
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Re: Spring has arrived!!

Postby Dave Evans » 2014 Mar 08, 19:34

In contrast, here it's been cloudy and breezy all day. This morning the cloud was thick enough for occasional light drizzle and although the afternoon was dry the veil of high and medium level cloud did not begin to disperse until sunset.
A maximum of 10.9c and a maximum gust of 41mph S at 0834.
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Re: Spring has arrived!!

Postby Nick Gardner » 2014 Mar 09, 20:24

Unbroken sunshine all day here today (9th). The first cloudless day since the 16th February.

A total of 10.7 hours of sunshine, that's 93% of the total possible.

A cool breeze coming in off the sea kept temperatures pegged back a little but during a lull the temperature managed to climb to a maximum of 15.1°C.
Near Newton Poppleford, Sidmouth - Devon
50:41N 3:17 W; 20 metres AMSL; Station Grade B-BAAA37
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Re: Spring has arrived!!

Postby greg_gruner » 2014 Mar 09, 20:37

Here in Farnborough it reached 20.1C in unbroken sunshine. (I see that Gravesend had 20.5C today, which looks like the highest.) Working in the garden in shirtsleeves.
I see that now (2035) it is down to 8.7C; it's that time of year when we get a large diurnal variation in dry and clear conditions.
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Re: Spring has arrived!!

Postby John Oliver » 2014 Mar 09, 20:41

Today has been the third successive day in a 50-year record to secure a new high maximum temperature for its relevent date:

Mar 7th 16.5C - previous high 15.5C (2002)
Mar 8th 14.7C - 14.6C (2000)
Mar 9th 15.3C - 14.8C (2000)

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Re: Spring has arrived!!

Postby brugge » 2014 Mar 09, 20:44

Temperatures at the University of Reading's weather station rose to 18.8 °C [this is using our AWS equipment which is usually within 0.3 degC of the climatological value on Sunday (9th) as high pressure brought a weekend of warm and sunny weather to Reading.

Weather records at the University show that this was the first time the temperature has risen this high in any year before 10th March since 1948 (when a remarkably high 21.8 °C was recorded at the University’s site off the London Road in the town centre on the 9th).

No other day in early March has reached 19 °C in the past 100 years at the University. March 1948 was one of the mildest March months on record in Reading and helped to make the spring of that year one of the warmest on record.

According to SYNOP reports other highs today included:
18.5 Cranwell
18.5 Donna Nook
18.5 Benson
18.9 Marham
19.2 Weybourne
18.7 Rothamsted
20.1 Northolt
19.2 Heathrow
20.5 Gravesend
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Re: Spring has arrived!!

Postby Richard Hunt » 2014 Mar 09, 21:19

Screen maximum of 18.8°C making it the warmest day of the year so far.

Cooling off as the sun set and wind dropped.

Currently (2100 UTC):

HORNSEA 092100Z VRB02KT 7000 BR NSW FEW010 08/06 Q1021 NOSIG RMK=

Remarks: Tmax of 18.8°C, warmest day so far this year.
COL Station: 25020.

Watson W-8681 AWS. Standard Stevenson Screen. Maximum and Minimum screen thermometers. Grass minimum thermometer.
5" Copper standard rain gauge. Roof mounted annemometer.
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Re: Spring has arrived!!

Postby Dave Evans » 2014 Mar 09, 22:48

A maximum of 14.7c here today making it the warmest early March day ( within the first 10 days ) since 1978 when 15.3c was reached on the 10th.
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