Warmer drier November with just over 166 hours of sunshine

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Warmer drier November with just over 166 hours of sunshineThe Met Office said that 10.6°C, was November’s lowest minimum temperature, which was recorded on the very last day of the month, reminding everyone that meteorological winter was on the doorstep.

With a total of 166.7 hours of sunshine, ten hours of which was measured on the first Monday in November.

The 5th of November was the month’s sunniest day, while the 1st of November was marked by a total absence of sunshine. The mean cloud cover for the month was 4.1 oktas; this being slightly heavier than the norm.

Averaging at 18.5°C, the air temperature exceeded the norm for the month by 0.9°C. The Met Office said that the mean sea temperature too was higher than usual, surpassing the norm of 21.0°C by 1.1°C.

These higher-than-average temperatures appear to reflect a wider climate trend, which indicates that the average global temperature for 2018 is set to be the fourth highest on record, the Met Office said.

Rain in November saw the total precipitation amount falling significantly short of the month’s quota. 27.2 mm of the 61.0 mm of precipitation collected in November, were measured on the tenth day, making it the month’s wettest.

Also on that day, one of the six instances of thunder that punctuated the month, was reported by the Meteorological Office.

Thunder was also reported on the 27th of November; this time accompanied by some very strong winds. A maximum gust blowing at a noteworthy 50 knots from a north-westerly direction was measured on the day.

In general, however, the month was not any more blustery than usual, with the wind speed averaging at 8.3 knots to equal the climate norm for this parameter.

Photograph by Alain Salvary

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