The second and third week of December produced temperatures much lower than we have seen for a number of years at this time. As in previous years where summers have been hot the ensuing winter temperatures have very often been very cold.
November was a month of two halves; the first two weeks were relatively mild and dry, but the second half was very wet, with 150 mm of rain in the third week and the temperature falling steadily to -3.3 degC at the end of the month.
If September was one of the wettest in recent years, October was the driest since 2018, rebalancing the annual average. It was also windy at times and a mild month with little hint of frost.
The month was notable for the very considerable amount of rain and the wettest September recorded for very many years, with a total of over 166mm for the month. The average is 78mm for the month. This has certainly made up somewhat for the very dry summer months.
August was another very dry and warm month. The first half of the month produced a six-day heatwave, with the temperature on the 11th August reaching 30.6℃. Rainfall was also very low and at levels last seen in 2017, although the drought in these parts did not match the serious lack of rain in the South of the UK.
This July was notable because previous records were broken. The 17th, 18th and 19th of the month produced maximum daily temperatures in excess of 25 ℃. Three consecutive days or more at this temperature is officially classed as a heat wave in this region. Furthermore, the maximum temperature at 1330 hours on the 19th was 35.1℃ which is a marked increase on the previous record of 30℃. We have not suffered the same level of drought as is being experienced in the South of the Country, although rainfall was about 50% down on the average for the month. The heatwaves and droughts of 1995 and 1976 were much longer in duration.
June was a relatively dry month with rainfall less than average. There were some nice warm days, especially in the second half of the month, but the much-reported heatwave in the South was certainly not felt here, in the Northeast.
There has been an extraordinary hype recently, especially by the proponents of renewable energy, that global warming is increasing. However, the observations recorded here over the last several years, show that the climate is very little changed from previous decades and well within the variations that can be expected in a maritime climate for this part of the World.
Although not so wet and cold as last May, rainfall was still above the average and there were some windy days, which is more unusual for this time of year.
April was typical of spring weather in this region. High pressure dominated for most of the month and rainfall was a little above average with most of it falling in the earlier part of the month. Frosts were few and far between and wind was not a significant feature.
March was drier than average for the time of year and, with high pressure dominating in the latter part of the month, there was plenty of sunshine and pleasant Spring days. In the final days of the month the weather turned back to winter with late snow.
February made up a little for the fairly benign month of January with higher than average rainfall and frequent very windy periods. Temperatures remained on the mild side. Unfortunately, the weather station was damaged by flying debris in the winds of the latter part of the month, which has resulted in an error in temperature readings on the 25th of the month. The equipment has been replaced and the erroneous readings will be corrected.
For the month of January the weather was relatively benign: no deep cold spells or periods of snow. The barometer remained high for most of the month and the rainfall was one of the lowest January totals for very many years. The most notable events were the storms Malik and Corrie coming in quick succession in the final days of the month. Neither storm reached the destructive severity of Storm Arwen last November, although power supplies were again disrupted.