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  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks
  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks


My weather stats for May:

Another month with temperatures above average and also with above average rainfall; the first time for this happening this year.

values in brackets are averages for Finningley and Cantley, approx 1942-now(less 1996-97 with no records)

Average max=17.9C(16.2C) with highest max on 4th with 25.6C

Average min=8.0C with lowest min on 25th with 3.6C

The coldest day was 1st with 12.6C and the warmest night was 27th with 13.1C

The mean for the month was 13.0C(11.3C)

Rainfall was 50.8mm(47.9mm), with the wettest day being 20th with 8.2mm; 19 days with 0.2mm or more and 13 days with 1mm or more.

hail was reported on 1 day and thunder on 3(2) but no fog(3)


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  • Location: Nr Appleby in Westmorland
  • Location: Nr Appleby in Westmorland

Average daily maximum = 14.6º

Average daily minimum = 5.6º

Highest daily maximum = 21.3º (11th)

Lowest daily maximum = 6.7º (13th)

Highest daily minimum = 10.9º (17th)

Lowest daily minimum = 0.5º (31st)

Mean Temperature = 10.4º

Rainfall = 88.8mm

No. wet days = 22

Wettest day = 15.4mm (21st)

Highest wind gust = 41mph (2nd)

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  • Location: Skirlaugh, East Yorkshire
  • Location: Skirlaugh, East Yorkshire

Hedon, East Yorkshire.

May 2006

Warmest Max: 23.4°C (on 12/05/06)

Coldest Max: 11.5°C (on 14/05/06)

Warmest Min: 12.6°C (on 27/05/06)

Coldest Min: 2.9°C (on 02/05/06)

Average Max: 16.80°C (+1.80°C Above 1971-2000 Average)

Average Min: 8.07°C (+1.17°C Above 1971-2000 Average)

Overall Average: 12.44°C (+1.44°C Above 1971-2000 Average)

Rain: 92.1mm (212% Of Normal!)

Wettest Day: 20th (16.0mm)

Air Frosts: 0

Days with Snow: 0

Snow lying at 0900: 0 days

Dry Days: 11

Wet Days: 20

Days With Rain >1.0mm: 13

Thunderstorms: 7

Year 2006 So Far (Jan - May)

Warmest Max: 23.4°C (on 12/05/06)

Coldest Max: 2.1°C (on 01/02/06)

Warmest Min: 12.6°C (on 27/05/06)

Coldest Min: -5.4°C (on 03/03/06)

Average Max: 10.43°C (+0.39°C Above Running 1971-2000 Average)

Average Min: 3.74°C (+0.24°C Above Running 1971-2000 Average)

Overall Average: 7.09°C (+0.29°C Above Running 1971-2000 Average)

Rain: 238.2mm (108% Of Normal)

Wettest Day: 20/05/06 (16.0mm)

Air Frosts: 21

Days With Snow: 11

Snow lying at 0900: 3 days

Dry Days: 56

Wet Days: 95

Days With Rain >1.0mm: 56

Thunderstorms: 9

The second warmest May since I began recording, but the wettest by far. The first two days were rather cool, but it soon warmed up - with 5 of the next 10 days surpassing 20°C. The warmest of these was the 12th, which also so a magnificant thundery breakdown.

From then onwards, it became very wet indeed, though generally close to average apart from a few cooler days. The 13th and 14th were the lowest of these, with maxima of 12.1°C and 11.5°C.

The last three days of the month saw cooler than average temperatures due to a northerly airflow. During this 72 hours the temperature failed to reach above 13.5°C, with some low minima for so late in the month. The 30th also saw a light sleet shower, the latest date Ive ever recorded anything remotely wintry.

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  • Location: Warminster, Wiltshire
  • Location: Warminster, Wiltshire

May stats for Westbury, Wiltshire.

Average max = 15.83c (highest 23c on 4th & 11th)

Average min = 7.77c (lowest = 2c on 6th & 31st)

Mean = 11.8c

Dry days = 12

Rain days = 19

Rainfall = 126mm

Wettest day = 21st/22nd with 21.5mm

This May was 0.24c warmer than 2005 and 1.37c cooler than 2004. There was more than twice as much rain than 2005 (59.5mm). Thunder was heard on two days (10th & 11th).

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  • Location: Cleeve, North Somerset
  • Weather Preferences: Continental winters & summers.
  • Location: Cleeve, North Somerset

MAY 2006

Location: Yatton, 11 miles south of Bristol, 5 miles from the Bristol Channel

A warm and unsettled month - very wet.

1st - 2nd

The month started cool, although dry on the 1st. The 2nd saw low cloud and drizzle outbreaks throughout the day.

3rd - 7th

It became warm, dry and sunny on the 3rd with temperature getting up to 23C. The 4th was hot and humid with a high of 27.3C. Thunder in the evening was followed by a thundery night. The 5th was fine and sunny. Although slightly more overcast on the 6th, the 7th was warm and sunny although heavy downpours broke out later.

8th - 9th

This period was cooler and wetter. Rain fell throughout the 8th but the 9th was drier, though still cloudy.

10th - 12th

Another warm period was in stall. Temperatures reached 25.6C on the 10th and 26.1C on the 11th. However, the heat triggered some impressive thunderstorms, most noted on the 10th with spectacular lightning and marble-sized hail. The 11th saw further downpours in the evening. It stayed warm on the 12th but intermittent downpours brought rainfall totals up.

13th - 14th

It became cooler but drier for a time. There were sunny intervals at times.

15th - 24th

The weather turned very wet indeed. Heavy rain fell nearly all day on the 15th. The 16th started dry but ended with rain and the rain followed into much of the 17th. The 18th was a drier, sunnier day, barring a few showers. More consistent heavy rain arrived on the 19th leading to a total of 17.6mm. The 20th was drier and brighter with some warm sunshine but rain approached on the 21st. This was heavy in the morning but cleared to give heavy, thundery showers later with hail and thunder. 3 consecutive gust fronts passed over. There was further rain on the 22nd meaning another very wet day. The 23rd was clearer with a few showers but persistent rain arrived on the 24th meaning another wet day!

25th - 27th

The 25th was fine and dry with plenty of warm sunshine after a dull start but this didn't last as rain and drizzle lasted the whole day on the 26th and continued into the 27th. That meant a disappointing start to the Bank Holiday.

28th - 31st

High pressure started to build from the west. The 28th was dry with sunny spells and the same went for the 29th, though heavy downpours affected the area in the evening. A cold start followed on the 30th but both the 30th and 31st were dry and sunny adn temperature nudged up to 19.5C on the 31st.

Average Temperature - 16.0C

Monthly Rainfall - 156.3mm

Coldest Day - Monday 15th (12.1C)

Warmest Day - Thursday 4th (23.0C)

Wettest Day - Friday 19th (17.6mm)

Very wet, much wetter than average but also warmer than average. At least it has dried up for Half Term. :blush:

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  • Location: Heswall, Wirral
  • Weather Preferences: Summer: warm, humid, thundery. Winter: mild, stormy, some snow.
  • Location: Heswall, Wirral

I didn't get averages but:

Highest Max: 27°C

Lowest Max: 7°C

Highest Min: 14°C

Lowest Min: 4°C

Sunshine has been below average

Rainfall above average.

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  • Location: South Derbyshire nr. Burton on Trent, Midlands, UK: alt 262 feet
  • Weather Preferences: Extreme winter cold,heavy bowing snow,freezing fog.Summer 2012
  • Location: South Derbyshire nr. Burton on Trent, Midlands, UK: alt 262 feet

May 2006 Report.

By Paul Carfoot.

With low pressure close by, the first couple of days in to May were cool and cloudy and quite wet here in Burton.

However by the 3rd high pressure over Scandinavia started to extend its influence towards the British Isles bringing warm southeasterly winds and sunshine, this pleasant weather continued until the 5th.

On the 6th pressure began to fall once again and rain set in on the 7th, giving a couple of unsettled wet days.

On the 9th a ridge from the Greenland high pushed towards the British Isles, this produced fine warm sunny weather through until the 12th, infact Burton saw 4 days of wall-to-wall sunshine, very pleasant indeed.

By the13th the ridge collapsed and pressure fell over the UK and over Scandinavia, the weather became generally more unsettled, cooler and wetter as a cold front moved down from the north.

Pressure continued to fall and by the 18th an unusually deep low (985mb) for the time of year sat just to the NW of Scotland, this brought much rain and strong winds to many parts of the country including Burton.

This was the beginning of a fairly lengthy spell of very active Atlantic type weather conditions; the weather over all parts of the country was very unsettled.

There were 2 heavy thunderstorms with heavy hail here in Burton on the 21st and 22nd.

This very unsettled and at times cool weather continued until the 29th.

The 30th saw things begin to quieten down as high pressure nudged in from the west.

Average maximum temperature = 15.8c

Average minimum temperature = 9.6c

Mean temperature = 12.7c + 1.4c above the CET average.

Warmest day on the 4th = 22.4c

Coldest day on the 29th = 11.9c

Warmest night on the 7th = 12.9c

Coldest night on the 2nd = 4.1c

Ground Frosts = 0

Air frost = 0

Days of snow = 0

Days of lying snow = 0

Thunderstorms = 2

Rainfall total = 62 mm

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  • Location: Scrabster Caithness (the far north of Scotland)
  • Location: Scrabster Caithness (the far north of Scotland)

Averages\Extremes for the month of May to 31 2006


Average temperature 9.2 °C

Average humidity 79 %

Average dewpoint 5.4 °C

Average barometer 1010 mb

Average windspeed 14.5 mph

Average gustspeed 17.0 mph

Average direction 213 ° (SSW)

Rainfall for month 0.0 mm

Rainfall for year 189.1 mm


Maximum rain per minute 0.5 mm on day 28 at time 08:23

Maximum temperature 26.1 °C on day 10 at time 14:54

Minimum temperature -0.5 °C on day 02 at time 03:11

Maximum humidity 98 % on day 18 at time 08:49

Minimum humidity 34 % on day 10 at time 15:51

Maximum pressure 1026.1 mb on day 31 at time 13:50

Minimum pressure 987.1 mb on day 19 at time 04:59

Maximum windspeed 46.0 mph from 143° on day 02 at time 15:01

Maximum gust speed 54.0 mph from 158° on day 02 at time 13:41

Maximum heat index 26.2 °C on day 10 at time 18:13

Growing degrees days : 76.7 °C


Daily rain totals

1.0 mm on day 1

4.1 mm on day 12

0.5 mm on day 13

4.1 mm on day 15

4.1 mm on day 16

2.0 mm on day 17

3.6 mm on day 18

1.0 mm on day 19

1.0 mm on day 20

0.5 mm on day 22

4.1 mm on day 23

1.0 mm on day 24

0.5 mm on day 25

3.1 mm on day 26

3.1 mm on day 27

6.7 mm on day 28

1.0 mm on day 29

1.0 mm on day 30


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  • Location: Tonbridge, Kent
  • Location: Tonbridge, Kent

May was pretty much back-to-front with a warm, sunny and dry start; and a cool wet finish. The temperature failed to reach 20º C after the 13th and there were some unseasonally strong, gusty winds. It was the third wettest May in my records although some distance behind 2000 and 1994 for rainfall. The long, dry spell appears to have come to an end...?


Highest max: 27.4 ºC on 4th

Lowest max: 12.9 ºC on 30th

Lowest min: 3.8 ºC on 2nd

Highest min: 13.3 ºC on 27th


Average max: 17.4 ºC (exactly average*)

Average min: 9.1 ºC (0.9 ºC ABOVE average*)

Monthly mean: 12.7 ºC

Air frosts: 0

High THW Heat Index: 26.7 ºC (4th)

High THSW Index: 33.1 ºC (4th)


Rain: 85.5 mm (197% of average*)

Wettest day: 14.5 mm (20th)

Rain Days (measurable ): 16 (14 with =>1.0mm)

High Rain Rate: 21.8 mm/hr (23rd)

Thunder: Heard twice (12th & 29th)


Wind Speed: high gust 31mph, 19th

Wind Direction: SSW Dominant then NNW then N then W


High Barometer: 1027.2 hPa (31st)

Low Barometer: 988.0 hPa (22nd)

Mean Barometer: 1013.0 hPa


Lowest RH%: 24% (11th)

Lowest DP: -2.1 ºC (30th)

Highest DP: 13.8 ºC (26th)


Sunshine: 110.3 hours calculated with limited sensor exposure, estimate 175 hrs actual monthly total ( rather below average)

Sunniest Day: was 11th with 8.5 hrs recorded, probably >12 hrs actual.

* average at this site 1984 - 2005

Full monthly stats here: http://www.tonbridge-weather.org.uk/2006/may2006.htm

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