Today's  forecast 

  

Wednesday 26th February

now added twitter wx feature. Changed username from AlanPaul5 to  upminsterwx. http://www.twitter.com/upminsterwx

Rain radar is clear for the SE. Further out to the NW there are a peppering of dark blue patches moving SE.

  Infrared and visual satellite images are showing clear spells with varying amounts of cloudy. The cloud is coming in from the NW.

  I am aware that the lightning pages are now updating but not all  browsers support the picture. Microsoft edge works as does Internet Explorer & some versions of Windows 10. If you have an android phone and you wish to see the live data and the live lightning you could download Puffin from the app store, this works with android  7 &  7.1 .1. The map for the microsferics lightning will soon be improved to provide a zoomable map

Despite receiving live visual and infrared satellite pictures every 15 minutes it is still sometimes difficult to predict when and by how much the cloud is going to break up

Note. Temperatures are taken at 1.25mtrs above the ground  on a north facing wall

A chilly (2.1C) but dry start to the day with sunny spells and varying amounts of cloud. From mid morning onwards there will be an increasing risk of a few scattered showers arriving from the NW. Showers gradually fading during the afternoon to give further bright / sunny spells.

Top temperatures 6.5 to 7.3C but feeling chilly in a brisk W / WNW breeze.

A dry evening with clear spells and varying amounts of cloud. Dry at first overnight before increasing from the S brings outbreaks of rain / sleet during the latter part of the night.

Chilly with minimum temperatures 3 to 2.5C.

Winds from a WNW / W / WSW later SW / S direction will be light.

   The temperature at 0645GMT was (2.1C) humidity 80%and barometric pressure  1001.0mb's and rising

 Top temperature yesterday was 9.3C

Last wind gust was 11mph WSW

Max gust yesterday was 37mph SW at 9.21am

Rain  for January was 39.2mm

Rain yesterday was 3.8mm

Rain so far for February is 63.4mm

Rain year to date is 102.6mm

 Rain for 2019 was 696.3mm which was above average

Rain for 2018 was  617.8mm which is slightly above average

Rain for 2017 was 707.7mm which is above average for this area.

Rain for 2016 was 586.7mm which is average for this area.

 Rain for 2015 was 581.6mm which is average for SW Essex

Rain for 2014 was 881.4mm which is an all time record for this area..

Rain for 2013 was 727.2mm which is above average for SW Essex.

Rain for  2012 was 858.9mm which was high for this area.

 Rain measured  in 2011 was 417.5mm which is very low for this area which normally has around 525 to 575mm

Last updated at 0645GMT Wednesday

Further update will be made 7.0pm

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