July 16th – No rain from a cold front

Where was my rain!?! Not even a drop here. That cold front was so weak and fragmented it didn’t even manage to blot out all the blue so even the sun kept shining from time to time.
Not even a drop in temperature as the CF went through at 14:30 but ever since then the humidity has been going down and down. Now (19:00) 22C and a DP of 11C, the DP hasn’t been that low for a while. Given a sea breeze tomorrow it’ll be back up.
Over 6 hours of sunshine so far today.
Soil moisture at 30 cm now at 60 cb in the garden. That’s very dry for my sandy soil. No wonder the hills around here resemble something more akin to the Costas.

First Half of July – What a Sizzler

Excellent visibility today with a pristine deep blue sky and not even a hint of any haze/contrail/cloud anywhere.

A strong sea breeze has been blowing since mid-morning keeping the temperature pegged back a little but the humidity high, such is the warmth of the sea now. The last time the sea felt this warm was in August 2005.

Unbroken, scorching sunshine got the temperature up to 26.1C.

I see there was a sea-breeze convergence line down the spine of the peninsula this afternoon.

Pressure falling though I am still doubtful we’re going to get much rain here tomorrow to green the brown countryside.

Nearly half-way through the month and what a sizzler:
1st – 15th July
Mean minimum = 13.6C
Mean maximum = 26.3C
Mean = 20.0C
Rain = 21.4 mm (of which 19.1 mm fell in one spell of thundery rain)
Sunshine = 164 hours.

July Sunshine

Another glorious day of cloudless skies and unbroken sun. A maximum of 26C yesterday, I suspect we might beat that today. This July is turning out not only to be a warm one, but also sunny with 156 hours of sunshine (1st – 14th). My sunniest July was in 2013 with 328 hours.

July 4th – Pesky Low Pressure

Just as I was getting used (and loving) to our new Mediterranean climate (I wish), things have gone all awry down ‘ere on the normally sunny(ish) shores of south Devonshire.

That funny little low pressure (what’s that all about then?) stuck with its centre just to the west of Cornwall has been a nuisance for several days now. Today was the worst of all days with intermittent drizzle and sea fog, and a maximum of only 16C early this afternoon made me reach for the heater (and not the air conditioning) on a drive back from Exeter.

I wish it (the low pressure) would b*gger off!

The day wasn’t a complete miserable affair as the sun did come out early evening and warm things up a little to 20.6C.

Hopefully tomorrow will be better (it couldn’t have got much worse…. maybe 7th July 2012 was….).

Passed 1000 Hours of Sunshine for 2018

Yesterday (2nd July), made the milestone of surpassing 1000 hours of sunshine this year.

Even with a sunny May and June, nothing out of the ordinary for this date.

Previous 1000 hours dates:
2017 = 14th July
2016 = 12th July
2015 = 25th June
2014 = 3rd July
2010 = 23rd June (my sunniest year since before 2006).

If the forecast is right, hell of a lot more sunshine to come for this month…. Lovely.

2nd July – Hot Monday

The sea breeze made several valiant attempts to bring relief but in the end failed the fight against the prevailing NE wind, thus allowing the temperature to rise above 30°C for the first time this year with a maximum of 30.4°C. Falling dew points through the day as drier air moved in has helped to temper things somewhat.

Yesterday’s thunderstorms brought 19.1 mm of rain under two hours, the first rainfall since the 30th May.

28th June – Warmest day so far

The temperature reached 29.2°C this afternoon making it the warmest day of the year so far. Days this warm are not common here due to the proximity of the sea and the regular sea breezes that blow on most days – except today. This allowed the temperature to climb with little tempering from the nearby sea under unbroken scorching sunshine.