Today's  forecast 


Saturday 8th August

now added twitter wx feature. Changed username from AlanPaul5 to  upminsterwx.

Rain radar is showing a few small blue patches moving NE across the SE.

 At the moment visual and infrared satellite images are showing mostly cloudy skies over the SE. The cloud is coming in from the SW,

  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 warm (21.7C), cloudy start for today with some spits and spots / chance of one or two light scattered showers at first. Cloud gradually thinning and breaking to give a mostly dry day with sunny spells later sunny / periods throughout the day. Again high temperatures may trigger some scattered showers by late afternoon. UV and Pollen high.

Hot with top temperatures  eventually reaching 33 to 34.5C

Winds from a NE / NNE later ENE / E direction will be very light to light increasing to light / brisk by late afternoon.

A very warm and mostly dry evening with further sunny spells. Any remaining scattered showers soon fading away. Staying dry after dark and overnight with clear spells and varying amounts of cloud.

Mild with minimum temperatures 17 to 16C,

Winds from a ENE / NE / NNE direction will be light to brisk,

The temperature at 0643BST was 21.7C humidity 67and the barometric pressure  1017.8mb's and rising very slightly,.

 Top temperature yesterday was 34.2C

Wind gust last hour was zero

Rain  for January was 39.2mm

Rain for February was 75.8mm

Rain for March was 33.2mm

Rain for April was 23.2mm

Rain for May was 6.2mm

Rain  for June was 53.8mm

Rain for July was 33.0mm

Rain so far for August is zero

Rain year to date is 267.4mm

 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 0643BST Saturday

Next update will be at 5.0pm.