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June 2011

1st (Wed) 6.4 C to 21.0 C / nil / 7.0 hours / W 2.6 knots
A clear and sunny start to the day, though by mid-morning the sunshine had become somewhat hazier as cirrostratus, and cirrus invaded from the west, and indeed as the morning progressed cloud would continue to increase in amounts though it would remain bright nevertheless. Little change in the afternoon, with fairly cloudy skies, though there were some decent sunny spells too during any gaps in the stratocumulus layer. Also becoming increasingly warm as the afternoon progressed, reaching a high of 21 C (70 F), and indeed by the end of the afternoon it felt quite muggy, though it didn’t come to anything. After a cloudy evening the cloud would begin to clear overnight with clear skies by dawn.

Elderflower continues to come out around the borough, and the warm weather forecast for the next few days should help it to accelerate along.

2nd (Thu) 10.1 C to 23.8 C / nil / 12.9 hours / SE 1.7 knots
A mostly sunny and very warm day, the first bit of real heat since the April heatwave, as temperatures today rose to 23.8 C in the afternoon. However it was somewhat more cloudy for a period between noon and 2 pm, as early cumulus development flattened out to form stratocumulus, but this soon cleared away as the breeze switched around to the ESE in mid-afternoon. Remaining clear in the evening and overnight, with a fairly heavy dew by dawn.

3rd (Fri) 9.0 C to 21.5 C / nil / 16.2 hours / E 2.3 knots
A stunning day with sun filled skies throughout and temperatures perfect at just over 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Indeed not a single cloud was spotted at any point during the days duration, not even a bit of high cirrus, and the day brought back memories of that stunning July of 2006 when such days were common-place. Remaining clear overnight, with a heavy dew by dawn.

4th (Sat) 8.8 C to 21.4 C / nil / 6.7 hours / NE 5.2 knots
An absolutely stunning start to the day with almost entirely clear skies, bar the odd bit of attractive wispy cirrus to provide some interest, and temperatures very pleasant in the mid-teens. Visibility was also very good this morning, with the vast Holderness plain to the east and the gentle curve of the Wolds to the north stretching before ones eyes from the high Westwood. However as the day progressed cloud would slowly increase, and by 2 pm it was pretty much overcast and would remain so for the remainder of the day. The cloud was even thick enough for some spots of drizzle on the moderate NE breeze. Remaining overcast for most of the night, though towards dawn some breaks did develop in the stratocumulus layer.

The Skylark’s & Meadow Pipit’s were in good voice this morning on the Westwood, particularly around Black Mill. In the hedgerows the last of the Hawthorn blossom has now faded, including the Midland Hawthorn’s, though they are now being widely replaced by the large and heavy florets of the Elderflower. In the unkempt areas the Campion is still flowering well, along with the last of the Cow Parsley, though the latter is now being replaced almost seamlessly by the similar but more robust and heavy Hogsweed. Where the grass has been regularly cut on the Westwood, ie. around the golf course, the colour is once again inclining towards yellow, this being especially the case in areas of high transit or areas where the under-lying soil is thin (I expect this dry weather is good for aerial archaeology), as though May brought some welcome rain it nevertheless was only enough to keep things in hand and another long dry spell may well bring problems by the end of the month. However such worries can be consigned for another time and instead one chose to simply enjoy what was an absolutely perfect morning on my ride around the Westwood with the sun beating down upon the land I call home.

In the garden some newly fledged Blue Tits were seen hopping about in the trees, discovering the vast world into which they have recently been born.

5th (Sun) 9.6 C to 16.5 C / nil / 4.0 hours / NE 3.5 knots
A mostly cloudy morning, and feeling much cooler than recent days with a brisk north east breeze, this especially the case in any exposed areas. However by midday it did begin to brighten up, and indeed by 1 pm it had become largely sunny with just patches of altocumulus, and some attractive cirrus and cirrocumulus to provide some interest. Under the June sun it was actually very warm too, despite the relatively modest maximum, and the breeze would also lighten somewhat making it feel that bit warmer. Cloud increasing again by the end of the afternoon, with the evening and night which followed seeing cloudy and overcast skies.

Great Dugdale (Warter)
With Mum and Dad being away on holiday (a Baltic cruise), Andy and Jenny were kind enough to offer to take me out for a short stroll in the Wolds, an offer I accepted welcomely. The weather this morning was cloudy but bright, though the main feature was the cool and brisk north-east breeze, which made it feel far from summery, especially on the Wold tops, though down in the dales it was pleasant enough. Indeed towards the end of our walk the sun started to break through the clouds, and by then the day was starting to warm up. This even encouraged some butterflies on to the wing, with the highlight of the morning being my first Small Copper of the year, this being spotted near the sight of the old Barn which at the moment is a see of wildflowers of many shades.

Indeed along the path the route is currently covered in attractive white clover & buttercups, while the hedgerow edges are lush with Campion, Cow Parsley, & Hogsweed. In one field, which is obviously being left wild for birds etc, the bright and tall yellow flowers of Nipplewort (or possibly a type of Hawk’s Beard) provided a wonderful yellow spectacle, very welcome after the disappointing Oilseed Rape season this year. Crop wise the countryside is looking alright, with ears of both barley and wheat now developing nicely, though it has to be said that some of the wheat this morning was looking particularly short, and I expect there could well be a shortage of straw again this coming winter. The birds of the Warter area were quiet this morning, with just typical farmland finches and alike seen, though about half a dozen Lapwing’s were observed and heard in the area, and a couple of Red Kite’s were seen hovering above the fields and dales of this attractive corner of the Wolds.

6th (Mon) 9.0 C to 19.1 C / nil / 6.9 hours / W 1.8 knots
An overcast start, with a thick layer of altostratus covering the sky, but by mid-morning this had been replaced by high based stratocumulus, with some weak spells of sunshine managing to break through from time to time. Remaining mostly cloudy but nevertheless bright for much of the day, but from 2 pm onwards the cloud did break further and indeed after 4 pm it became mostly sunny with a pleasant end to the day. Mostly clear overnight, with just some variable amounts of altocumulus, this allowing temperatures to fall to around 5 C.

7th (Tue) 5.4 C to 19.4 C / 0.4 mm / 7.3 hours / SW 1.6 knots
A bright morning with plenty of sunny spells, and feeling warmer again. However by midday quite a bit of cloud had bubbled up, and indeed in the afternoon cloud would further increase, with even the odd shower from time to time, all of these largely light and brief affairs. By the end of the afternoon these showers would clear however, as would the cloud as the evening progressed, leaving a sunny and pleasant end to the day. Remaining clear overnight, this allowing temperatures to fall to 5 C.

I awoke early today (4 am) and what struck me is just how light it is now even at this time, as after all we are now no more than two weeks away from the summer solstice. The bird song was also wonderful at this time, with blackbirds, dunnocks, robins and others providing a wonderful serenade which all to often goes unheard at this time of year.

8th (Wed) 5.0 C to 18.7 C / 3.0 mm / 5.5 hours / SW 2.2 knots
A gorgeous if slightly cool start to the day, with clear blue skies and a slight haze softening the countryside. However cloud would soon bubble up after 9 am, and the rest of the morning would see a mixture of sunny and cloudy spells. After clearing somewhat for a time around noon, showers would develop after 2 pm, one of these being quite heavy and peaking at 13.6 mm/h. Drier after 4 pm, with sunny spells again developing, and the remainder of the day would again see a mixture of sunny and cloudy spells. Variable amounts of cloud overnight.

A Curlew was seen and heard on the Westwood this morning, this being the first time I’ve seen one of my favourite birds on the Westwood itself. After calling it flew away northwards, and I thoroughly expect this will be a one off observation as sadly the Westwood is far to busy for this evocative bird to be seen regularly. Also heard this morning was a Grey Patridge. Back at home in the garden the local Chiffchaff is heard singing almost all day at the moment, often in the garden itself, which perhaps indicates it is trying to breed again.

9th (Thu) 8.1 C to 18.0 C / nil / 6.8 hours / NW 3.1 knots
Another sunny and pleasant start, though it was quite breezy from the get go, but like other recent mornings cumulus would quickly bubble up by 9 am with the rest of the morning seeing a mixture of sunny and cloudy spells. Little change in the afternoon, but despite the cloudier spells from time to time it was nevertheless a warm and pleasant day, especially in any sun traps. Becoming somewhat more cloudy in the evening, with extensive strato and alto cumulus, and it would remain largely cloudy overnight with just the odd clear spell from time to time.

10th (Fri) 8.6 C to 15.4 C / 1.1 mm / 0.4 hours / NW 3.0 knots
A largely cloudy morning, though it was nevertheless fairly bright. Quite cool though today, the temperature struggling to 15 C, and indeed it would if anything become cooler going into the afternoon, with the cloud likewise thickening. By 2 pm the cloud became thick enough for a few drops of rain, this almost evaporating as soon as it hit the dry ground, but towards the end of the afternoon a spell of more persistent and moderate rain would move in, this continuing into the evening. Dry again by dusk, but it would remain overcast, as it would for most of the night with the just the odd clearer spell from time to time after midnight.

Quite a few fledglings can be seen in the garden at the moment, including Blue & Great Tits, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Starling, Wood Pigeon, and Collared Dove. Also judging by the behaviour of the Wren’s towards Billy they must also have young in the area, though I haven’t actually seen them.

11th (Sat) 6.5 C to 15.8 C / 1.0 mm / 5.5 hours / NW 2.3 knots
An initially overcast start, but by 7 am this would clear away, with largely clear blue skies replacing the grey ones. However from 10 am onwards cloud would begin to bubble up, with decent convection observed by midday. Indeed a number of heavy showers would just brush past us during the afternoon, with some of these showers producing some rumbles of thunder and hail, but for the most part these showers missed us and the majority of the afternoon was cloudy rather than wet. Showers dying out by evening, with the cloud breaking up by dusk, and the rest of the night would see largely clear skies, this allowing temperature to fall to nearly 5 C.

A very pleasant morning on the Westwood today, with mostly clear skies and feeling very warm in the strong summer sun, this despite the fact there was a moderate NW breeze and temperatures were no more than 10 C. Not much wildlife about, bar plenty of rabbits and typical bird species, but I did meet some very friendly folk this morning, not necessarily a common occurrence in the Beverley area. A few of them had likewise friendly dogs, including a fine trio of Labradors which permitted me to pet them somewhat, though I suspect their friendliness was somewhat encouraged by the smell of cat upon my person. A couple of golfers were also conversed with, they both performing fine drives though they need to work on their chipping.

12th (Sun) 5.5 C to 17.9 C / 20.1 mm / 6.0 hours / SW 2.8 knots
A sunny but chilly start, though under the strong June sun it would soon warm up with the majority of the morning seeing sunny skies and temperatures a pleasant 18 C or so. However by midday altostratus would begin to invade from the south-east, and the breeze would freshen too with this development, and indeed by 2 pm the cloud had become thick enough for some rain. As the afternoon wore on this rain would become heavier and more persistent and the remainder of the day would be thoroughly wet, with continuous moderate to heavy rain peaking at 10.2 mm/h. This is really the first bit of proper rain we have had for some time, and by the time the rain stopped around dusk over 20 mm’s had been recorded. Becoming drier overnight, though it would remain overcast with some drizzle at times, and thanks to the blanket of cloud it was a very mild night with a low of just 11 C.

Spurn Point
Helen, Sophie, and I went down to Spurn today on what was largely a sunny morning, though by the time we set off for home the sky was lowering and the breeze was freshening from the south-east ahead of the afternoons persistent rain. Of course with Sophie around one wasn’t really at liberty to look for ornithological interests, though as we drove along the Humber mudflats one saw typical summer waders and wildfowl, and it would also appear that they are yet again having problems with that moth species which causes skin rashes, something which has become fairly commonplace along the this spit of land in the last few years. Sophie greatly enjoyed collecting stones on the beach, and destroying the sandcastles which I made for her, and it would also seem she gets great joy from wiping her sand covered hands on whomever’s trousers are nearest at hand. After finishing our walk on the seaward side of Spurn we headed back to the car for a pleasant cup of tea, and from here we made our way home. We had hoped to have a fish and chips at Paull, but none were available, and instead we went to McDonald’s at St. Andrew’s Quay (or whatever it is called now) and looked out over the Humber. For me this was a welcome experience, as I haven’t enjoyed a proper milkshake for what seems like an eternity, and I do have to say that McDonald’s food is tasty if not particularly high quality. All in all an enjoyable and fun day with my big sister and niece.

13th (Mon) 11.0 C to 19.5 C / nil / 4.7 hours / W 4.7 knots
A grey start with occasional outbreaks of drizzle, but despite the cloud and rain it felt very warm and muggy with dew points in excess of 15 C. Drier after 9 am, but it would remain largely cloudy through the morning, with a moderate breeze helping to remove the muggy feel at the start of the day. Remaining cloudy into the afternoon, though sunny breaks would begin to develop, and indeed by the end of the afternoon the cloud would break up further and there would be a fine end to the day with mostly clear skies by dusk. Staying mostly clear overnight.

14th (Tue) 8.3 C to 21.4 C / nil / 13.2 hours / SE 1.7 knots
A beautiful sunny and warm day for the most part, with mostly clear skies throughout (bar areas of high cirrus) and temperatures rising above 70 degrees Fahrenheit. However in the evening cloud would increase, and this cloud would persist through the night, and as a result it was a warm night with a minimum of just 12 C.

The Parks are looking beautiful at the moment, with the crops now well on, including the golden barley, which here and there hosts beautiful clumps of bright red poppies. In the now gone to seed Oilseed Rape mayweed can be seen in abundance, while along the roadside the grass is now getting quite long, with the strong stems and white flowers of Hogweed now abundant. The rain the other day has already freshened up the countryside and it was a delight to cycle along the country lanes on what was a beautiful morning.

Back at home in the garden I spotted my first Meadow Brown butterfly of the year, with Speckled Wood also being recorded today.

15th (Wed) 12.0 C to 22.2 C / 1.7 mm / 2.3 hours / SW 1.9 knot
A cloudy but warm morning, with extensive strato or altocumulus covering the sky, though by midday some warm spells of sunshine managed to break through. Indeed in the sun it was positively hot, with temperatures rising to 22.2 C around 1 pm. However these spells of sunshine wouldn’t last long and from mid-afternoon it became mostly cloudy again with just the odd sunny spell from time to time. The strong June sun would nevertheless encourage some showers to develop by evening however, and indeed there were some impressive clouds around 7 pm which seemed to threaten heavy rain, thunder, and hail, but in the end they brought nothing more than about an hours worth of moderate rain. Clearing by dusk but it would remain mostly overcast overnight, this again leading to a warm & muggy night.

Some impressive churning cumulonimbus clouds were seen passing overhead around 7 pm, and the scene was reminiscent of some sort of end of the world motion picture with dark grey clouds and rotating folds on its underside, indicating the presence of strong air currents within the cloud. However despite its menacing appearance it brought little in the way of heavy rain (just 1.7 mm’s worth), and it soon cleared away to the east. After the rain cleared there was a decent sunset at dusk, as can be seen in the picture to the right.

16th (Thu) 11.9 C to 19.1 C / 1.1 mm / 11.3 hours / W 2.5 knots
A day of sunny spells and some cloudier periods too, though the sunshine was certainly more in ascendance with the majority of the day very clement and pleasant with temperatures up to 19 C. However in the evening some showers did develop, with one moderate to heavy one around 9 pm (peak rate of 7.0 mm/h), but these would clear after dusk and the majority of the night would see clear spells. As a result it was a cooler night than recently, with a heavy dew by dawn.

Both Common Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat were observed near Old Hall Farm this morning, both species having probably bred in the area this year. Also spotted this morning was a Water Vole in the ditch near Keldmarsh.

17th (Fri) 7.4 C to 18.4 C / 8.6 mm / 6.0 hours / SE 1.7 knots
A mostly clear and sunny start to the day, with a heavy dew covering the district. However by mid-morning cloud would begin to increase and by midday it had become largely cloudy, though it would remain bright well into the afternoon with the altostratus layer only slowly thickening. However by 5 pm this cloud had become thick enough for some outbreaks of rain, and these spells of rain would continue throughout the evening and night with still some rain around by dawn. A mild night what with the rain and thick nimbostratus with a minimum of just 11.7 C.

The first bit of Rosebay Willowherb in flower was recorded today, with a small clump growing on the old Keldmarsh bridge displaying attractive Foxglove colour blooms. Meanwhile the dry and warm spring has seemed to have suited the Rabbits this year, as they are quite abundant in the Parks at the moment, especially in the area around Old Hall Farm.

18th (Sat) 11.7 C to 18.5 C / 0.6 mm / 1.0 hour / NW 5.4 knots
An overcast morning with outbreaks of rain, though despite the cloud and rain it was fairly warm. The rain dying out by 10 am and becoming dry for the remainder of the day, but it would remain largely cloudy and it would also become quite breezy with a moderate to fresh NW breeze. However in mid-afternoon there were some decent sunny spells for a time, and all in all the day was clement enough, despite a forecast which was very much to the contrary. Cloudy in the evening and overnight, the cloud becoming thick enough for some rain after midnight, but this would clear by dawn.

19th (Sun) 11.4 C to 16.9 C / trace / 0.3 hours / W 4.0 knots
A mostly cloudy but warm sort of day, with the threat of rain at times. However in the end the day would remain dry, bar some drops in the air around 2 pm, and considering the dire forecast for the weekend the weather was actually mostly fine and fairly warm throughout. Cloud breaking up during the evening with clear skies after midnight, this allowing a cooler night than of late and a moderate dew by dawn.

Huggatedales (Horsedale area)
A summer’s walk in the dales to the east of Huggate, namely the deep and hidden dales of Horsedale, Rabbitdale, & Cowdale. The weather was grey and overcast, with some very dark threatening clouds to the north-east, but it would nevertheless remain dry and it actually felt quite warm and muggy, especially down in the sheltered dales. The local hedgerows are again bedecked in white blooms, not with Hawthorn-blossom now but instead with the large florets of Elderflower, as well as Wild Rose’s, while the roadside verges are hosting blooms such as Hogsweed, Thistle, Buttercups, Campion (both red and white in the Huggate area), Nipplewort, the last of the Cuckooflower, fairly abundant Herb Robert (especially in shadier areas), and the newly out Bindweed, both Hedge and Field varieties.

In the fields the last dredges of the Oilseed Rape is in flower here and there, usually near the edges and corners of the field, while amongst them the bright red flowers of poppies can be seen widely. Indeed poppies seem to be more abundant this summer, and I think the dry weather in spring had probably suited them (I also wonder if herbicides were less effective this year due to the lack of rain). The cereals are continuing to come along fine, with the wheat strong and healthy and barley on the turn, though apparently yields are estimated to be at least 10% down this year, and may be lower here and there. Wildlife wise the morning was fairly quiet, though the wonderful grassy hillsides of Horsedale did host lots of grass moths, as well as some Meadow Brown’s and my first Ringlet butterfly of the year. Skylarks & Pipits were also very apparent in this area, with both displaying well, while further along our walk we came across a fairly young Roe deer. A good walk in the heart of the Wolds.

20th (Mon) 9.0 C to 21.6 C / 0.8 mm / 10.1 hours / SE 2.1 knots
A clear and sunny morning, with it already feeling warm by 9 am under the strong mid-summer sun. However from 10 am onwards cumulus would begin to bubble up, and going into the afternoon this would increase further with most of the afternoon seeing sunny spells rather than unbroken sunshine as was the case in the morning. Very warm under the mid-summer sun, with the thermometer rising to nearly 22 C. More general cloud moving in by evening, this becoming thick enough after dusk for some outbreaks of summery rain during the night. A very mild night as a result with a low of 14 C.

21st (Tue) 14.0 C to 20.7 C / 0.6 mm / 2.5 hours / SW 2.6 knots
A warm and muggy day with mostly cloudy skies, these clouds thick enough to produce some mostly light outbreaks of rain at times (however though the rain was light the drops were often of large size, indeed almost thundery in nature). However there were some sunny spells too, especially in the second half of the afternoon. Mostly cloudy in the evening and overnight, and as a consequence it was another mild night with a low of just 12 C.

22nd (Wed) 12.0 C to 20.3 C / trace / 3.7 hours / W 3.2 knots
A cloudy start to the day with occasional outbreaks of mostly light rain, but from 10 am onwards it would begin to brighten up with some sunny spells by noon. Further sunny spells in the afternoon, and feeling very pleasant during the sunnier periods with the thermometer climbing to over 20 C. Cloud increasing again however by the end of the afternoon, and it would remain mostly cloudy in the evening. Variable amounts of cloud overnight.

A couple of Grey Partridge’s were seen and heard near Old Hall Farm this morning. In the same area Whitethroats are heard daily, and I have confirmed breeding as I saw one of them carrying a faecal sack.

23rd (Thu) 11.7 C to 17.1 C / 3.3 mm / 3.1 hours / W 3.0 knots
After an initially cloudy start the cloud would break with good spells of sunshine for the remainder of the morning. However it did feel somewhat cooler today, this largely due to a moderate WNW breeze. Cloud increasing again by noon, with showers soon following, some of which were heavy (26.2 mm/h) and were accompanied by the odd rumble of thunder. A more prolonged, though lighter, spell of rain and drizzle would move in from the NNE around 3 pm, but this would clear by 5 pm, with some brightness to end the day. However there was also still the odd shower around too, but these would die out by dusk. Variable amounts of cloud overnight, with some decent clear spells towards dawn, this allowing temperatures to fall and a heavy dew.

Further Rosebay Willowherb is coming into flower in the area now, just in time to replace the now fading Red Campion. Thistle’s are likewise coming into bloom here and there.

24th (Fri) 8.4 C to 18.6 C / 5.4 mm / 6.0 hours / W 2.9 knots
A sunny morning with just some scattered cumulus, though it felt quite cool with a moderate NW breeze. However by afternoon cirrostratus and eventually altostratus would quickly invade, with it becoming cloudy by 3 pm, though the suns disk would remain visible until late afternoon. The cloud continuing to thicken in the evening with periods of rain arriving by dusk, these continuing on and off through the night, quite heavy at times.

25th (Sat) 10.0 C to 22.1 C / nil / 5.7 hours / W 3.5 knots
A very wet start with persistent moderate rain, but this would clear by 8 am, and by mid-morning some spells of brightness began to break through. Becoming warm and muggy after the rain cleared too, and under the strong June sun the temperature would climb to 22.1 C by early afternoon. Sunny spells in the afternoon, though there some cloudier periods too, particularly in the second half of the afternoon, though this would break and clear by the evening with a pleasant end to the day. Variable amounts of cloud overnight and feeling very warm.

26th (Sun) 13.8 C to 28.2 C / nil / 11.1 hours / SW 1.2 knots
A cloudy start, but by 8 am sunny spells would break through and as the morning progressed most of any remaining cloud would burn off and clear away leaving a sunny and very hot day with temperatures climbing above 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Indeed the high 28.2 C (82.8 F) makes this the warmest June day since 2006, and the warmest summer day since August 2007. Remaining mostly clear in the evening and overnight and with little in the way of wind it was a warm and muggy night with a low of just 16.7 C (this infact making it the warmest June night on my records).

A pleasant walk on a what was a gorgeous summers day with temperatures above 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and kept relatively pleasant (on the Wolds edge at least) by a gentle south-west breeze. The countryside is now very much under  the sway of summer, with the golden fields of Barley contrasting with the light greens of Wheat, and the deep dark greens of the woods. The last bits of Oilseed Rape are still to be seen here and there, amongst which attractive scarlet Poppies and white Mayweed can be seen, though a late sown field of Oilseed was seen just to the NW of Warter, and unlike the spring crops it was flowering strongly and vividly, as undoubtedly the early season crops struggled with the dry and unseasonably warm conditions experienced in April.

Along the road-sides and field-sides a greater diversity of summer flowers are now starting to make an appearance, with the first blooms of Scabious & Knapweed being seen here and there, mixing in with the thistles, Hogsweed, Yarrow, Cranesbill, Speedwell, and others. In the woods Herb Robert is now seen abundantly, though for the most part the woodland floor is now a mostly flowerless expanse of Dogs Mercury, Brambles, and now finished (though still fragrant) Ramsons. With the heat today bird and wildlife activity was mostly quiet, though a family group of Marsh Tits was seen in the wood, while a newly fledged Whitethroat was seen at one point along an expanse of hedgerow. Meanwhile butterflies are beginning to reappear again, after the usual quiet spell at the start of summer, with species seen today including many Meadow Brown’s & Ringlet’s, as well as a few Small Tortoiseshells, & Small Copper’s. I think next week we’ll have to go to Millingtondale as the Marbled White’s and Skipper’s should now be on the wing, which for me is one of the highlights of the Wolds summer spectacles and something I always anticipate every year.

27th (Mon) 16.7 C to 32.1 C / 0.2 mm / 10.5 hours / W 2.7 knot
A very warm and sunny start to the day, the temperature already above 23 C at 9 am, and it would continue to rise throughout the morning under the mid-summer sun, eventually reaching a high of 32.1 C (89.8 F), a new station record, beating the previous record of 30 C set in July 2006. It was also very humid, with the dew point hanging around 21 to 22 C, and a heat index of 35 C, both extremely high for this part of the world. As the afternoon progressed the sun would become increasingly hazy, and by 4 pm altostratus covered the sky, which quickly thickened up and became thick enough for a few spots of rain by 5 pm. Light outbreaks of rain would continue through the evening and night, though it never came to much with just 0.2 mm’s being recorded.

The butterflies are now starting to reappear after the normal quiet period in June, with species seen active in the area around Beverley today including Meadow Brown, Small Copper, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, and Holly Blue. Obviously the sun and heat suited them well today, and we should see increasing numbers and diversity over the coming couple of months as summer reaches its zenith. Meanwhile back in the garden a family group of Long Tailed Tits were seen, while other young birds being seen in the garden at the moment include Tits, Wren’s, Robin’s, & Blackbirds.

VERY HOT today, with temperatures reaching just shy of 90 degrees Fahrenheit, extreme heat for this part of the world. The high smashed my previous record of 30.0 C set in July 2006, and I have never felt heat like it in this country. Indeed it was almost like an oven when I went up to the Westwood in mid-afternoon, with a moderate warm wind blasting one’s face with heat, and the grass almost visibly shrivelling beneath the fierce sun. However though I am not usually a lover of heat (60 degrees suits me just fine), I greatly enjoyed this rare taste of continental type temperatures in this usually temperate corner of Yorkshire.

28th (Tue) 15.1 C to 17.2 C / nil / 1.7 hours / NE 3.5 knots
A largely cloudy start, with occasional outbreaks of light rain, and feeling much fresher than yesterday with a gentle to moderate NE breeze. Any rain dying out by mid-morning, though it would remain cloudy for the duration of the morning, and though some sunny spells would manage to develop in the afternoon, the general theme of the day was cloudy. Very different from yesterday, with today’s high some 15 C lower than on Monday, though nevertheless it was pleasant enough with a high of 17.2 C. Variable amounts of cloud in the evening and overnight and cooler than recent nights with a low of below 12 C.

29th (Wed) 11.7 C to 20.0 C / nil / 8.0 hours / NW 3.3 knots
A mostly sunny morning, with just some broken altocumulus at first, though after 10 am cloud would again increase with variable amounts of stratocumulus. This cloud would increase in the afternoon, so much so that for much of its duration it was largely cloudy (indeed the cloud was thick enough for one or two spots of rain at one point). Cloud breaking and clearing by the evening, with a pleasant sunny end to the day, and the rest of the night would see variable amounts of cloud with some long clear spells. A cooler night as a result, the temperature falling below 50 degrees.

30th (Thu) 8.3 C to 17.8 C / 0.3 mm / 10.4 hours / NW 4.2 knots
A gorgeous start to the day with clear blue skies, and a pleasant chill to the morning air. Remaining sunny and pleasant for most of the morning, though after 11 am cloud would quickly bubble up so that by midday it had become largely cloudy. In the afternoon some of these clouds were thick enough to produce a few showers, though most were light and brief affairs. Showers clearing away by the end of the afternoon, with sunshine returning to end the day, and it would remain largely clear overnight.