Tuesday 15th October

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

Rain radar is clear for SW Essex. Further out to the south there are some small light blue patches moving northwards however these are fading as they get nearer to us. 

 Although infrared and visual satellite images are showing cloudy skies over the SE .there are areas of thinner cloud with breaks in it.. The cloud is coming in from the south,

 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.

Apart from some spits & spots perhaps one or two patchy very light showers in places at first today will be dry. Cloud will gradually thin and break at times to give some sunny spells.

Top temperatures 16 to 17.5C,

Winds from a SW / W /  SSW direction will be light.

A dry evening with clear spells. Dry at first overnight before increasing cloud from the west brings outbreaks of rain before dawn.

Minimum temperatures 10 to 9C,

Winds from a SSW / S later SSE direction will remain light, 

 The temperature at 0650BST was (12.1C) humidity 89% and barometric pressure  at 1004.4mb's and rising,

Top temperature yesterday was 16.4C

Last wind gust was 8mph SW

 Rain  for January was zero

Rain for February was 37.9mm

Rain  for March was 70.3mm

Rain  for April was 15.5mm

Rain for May was 30.2mm

Rain for June was 95.8mm

Rain for July was 51.8mm

Rain for August was 51.8mm

Rain  for September was 77.0mm

Rain yesterday was 8.1mm

Rain so far for October is 65.0mm

Rain year to date is 517.9mm

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 0650BST Tuesday

Further update will be made at 6.0pm