October brought rain and storms, setting new records – Met Office

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October brought rain and storms, setting new records - Met OfficeThe month of October was wetter than the climate norm, with 189.0 mm of rain measured, and the wettest since 1951 when 476.5 mm of rain was measured in the October, the Met Office said today in its review of the weather statistics.

It said that last month went on to become the stormiest on record with 16 thundery days, previously October 1962 held the record with 12 thundery days.

On the first day of the month, over 10 hours of sunshine, as well as the month’s maximum temperature of 27.4°C, were both recorded.

Air temperatures for the month ranged between a highest maximum of 27.4°C and a lowest minimum of 13.8°C recorded on the last day of the month.

The Met Office also noted that at 21.5°C, the mean air temperature was equal to the 30-year climate norm for October. On the other hand, the mean sea temperature was 1.4°C higher than the norm of 23.5°C.

The second day of October turned out to be the wettest, and somewhat bleaker with 4.4 hours of sunshine recorded. The islands were pelted by 43.8 mm of rain on that day – which, the Met Office said, was around 23 per cent of October’s much-needed total rainfall – resulting from a low-pressure system over Corsica which moved in a southerly direction.

The sun shone for a total of 187.7 hours. Meteorological data show that only three October days – 14th, 18th and 31st – had no sunshine whatsoever.

The Met Office said that on the 31st of October, the islands also experienced thunderstorms and a prolonged period of precipitation.

It added that averaging at 7.8 knots, the wind speed was 0.6 knots higher than the norm. The month’s windiest day was the 21st of October, on which a maximum gust of 37.5 knots blowing from a north by east direction was recorded.

Other meteorological observations include reports of dust from the Sahara Desert on the 28th and the 29th of October.

Photograph by Alain Salvary

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