First Half of May was Cold and Unsettled
16/05/10The first half of May has produced a mixture of sunshine and showers with some cold nights and below average daytime temperatures. The nights of the 11th - 13th were particularly cold and a minimum temperature of 1.2 C was recorded in the early hours of the 13th. The coldest daytime temperature was 7.8 C. on the 8th and this was the most miserable day of the period when it rained all day on that Saturday and into the early hours of Sunday morning as well. This produced 6.3mm of rain (about 1/4 inch). The period was again characterised by a Northerly type airflow created largely because of a high pressure area to the west of the U.K., which is not unusual for the country in May, but it does not usually last quite as long. The forecast is for a gradual rise in temperatures for the coming week to a more seasonal norm.