Today's  forecast 

  

Tuesday 9th March

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

Rain radar is clear for the SE

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

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

After a chilly start (2.4C) today will be dry with sunny periods later sunny spells and varying amounts of cloud.

Top temperatures eventually reaching 11.5 to 12.5C.

Winds from a W later WSW direction will be very light at first increasing to light by late morning..

A dry evening with some clear spells at first before cloud increases from the W. Staying cloudy overnight with outbreaks of rain arriving from the W by around the middle part of the night.

Minimum temperatures 6.5 to 5.5C,

Winds from a SW later SSW direction will be light at first increasing to brisk and then strong by dawn,

The temperature  at 0637GMT was (2.4C) , humidity 81% and the barometric pressure  1020.8mb's and steady

Top temperature yesterday was 10.1C which was slightly higher than expected

Wind gust last hour was zero

Rain  for January  was 92.6mm

Rain for February was 30.3mm

Rain so far for March is 7.1mm

Rain year to date is 129.9mm

Rain for 2020 was 607.4mm which was about average for this area.

 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 at 0637GMT Tuesday

Next update will be at 7.0pm

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