Weather Averages for 2007

The table below compares the temperatures and rainfall experienced in Great Bealings, Suffolk, with the averages from 1971-2000 for RAF Wattisham (about 13 miles East of Bealings). The Wattisham data is taken from the Met Office website.

 
Average Max Temp
2007 Average Max Temp
Difference
Average Min Temp
2007 Average Min Temp
Difference
Average Rainfall
2007 Rainfall
Difference
Days of Rainfall >= 1mm
Days of Rainfall >= 1mm in 2007
Difference
Month
[deg C]
[deg C]
[deg C]
[deg C]
[deg C]
[deg C]
[mm]
[mm]
[mm]
[days]
[days]
[days]
Jan
6.3 9.6 +3.3 (warmer) 0.7 3.4 +2.7 (warmer) 49.5 57.3 +7.8 (wetter) 11.0 11 0
Feb 6.6 9.0 +2.4 (warmer) 0.7 1.8 +1.1 (warmer) 35.1 87.0 +51.9 (wetter) 8.5 13 +4.5 (wetter)
Mar
9.5 12.7 +3.2 (warmer) 2.3 2.2 -0.1 (colder) 42.5 49.1 +6.6 (wetter) 10.6 11 +0.4
Apr
11.9 19.0 +7.1 (warmer!!) 3.7 4.6 +0.9 (warmer) 41.2 0.0 -41.2 (drier!) 8.7 0 -8.7 (drier)
May
15.8 18.6 +2.8 (warmer) 6.8 7.6 +0.8 (warmer) 43.7 118.7 +75.0 (wetter) 8.2 13 +4.8 (wetter)
Jun
18.7 22.2 +3.5 (warmer) 9.5 11.3 +1.8 (warmer) 52.2 102.0 +53.5 (wetter) 8.7 13 +4.7 (wetter)
Jul
21.4 23.1 +1.7 (warmer) 11.8 11.6 -0.2 (colder) 42.4 92.8 +50.4 (wetter) 7.8 14 +6.2 (wetter)
Aug
21.6 22.6 +1.0 (warmer) 11.9 11.3 -0.6 (colder) 47.1 50.1 +3.0 7.3 7 -0.3
Sep
18.3 20.0 +1.7 (warmer) 9.9 9.4 -0.5 (colder) 55.1 35.1 -20.0 (drier) 8.6 8 -0.6
Oct
13.9 14.6 +0.7 (warmer) 7.2 5.8 -1.4 (colder) 57.2 54.2 -3.0 9.0 5 -4.0 (drier)
Nov
9.3 10.0 +0.7 (warmer) 3.5 2.7 -0.8 (colder) 55.6 40.2 -15.4 (drier) 10.4 9 -1.4 (drier)
Dec
7.1 7.8 +0.7 (warmer) 1.9 1.3 -0.6 (colder) 52.1 45.7 -6.4 (drier) 10.6 9 -1.6 (drier)
Year to date                        
Year
13.4 15.8 +2.4 (warmer) 5.9 6.1 +0.2 (warmer) 573.7 732.2 +158.5 (wetter) 109.4 113 +3.6 (wetter)

Temperatures in 2007

This is how the temperature varied in 2007:

Temperatures in 2007

Monthly Minima, Maxima and Averages for 2007

Month
Temperature
Pressure
Humidity
Gust
Average Wind
Min
Max
Ave
Min
Max
Ave
Min
Max
Ave
Max
Ave
Max
Ave
Jan
-3.8
13.8
6.6
982
1032
1015
43
87
74
35
7.3
23
5.5
Feb
-7.0
12.5
5.2
979
1040
1007
47
89
79
22
3.8
14
2.5
Mar
-2.3
18.2
7.2
985
1036
1015
27
98
69
28
5.2
17
3.8
Apr
-1.9
24.7
11.1
1011
1030
1022
23
98
68
17
3.2
10
2.1
May
1.1
28.1
12.7
992
1023
1010
24
98
75
21
3.4
11
2.1
Jun
6.1
27.4
16.1
996
1025
1011
31
98
74
20
3.0
12
1.8
Jul
6.4
27.0
16.8
995
1021
1010
25
98
68
19
4.2
12
2.8
Aug
7.4
29.9
16.5
994
1029
1014
25
98
68
19
3.6
11
2.3
Sep
4.2
24.3
14.3
1002
1032
1019
25
98
67
20
4.0
12
2.8
Oct
-1.1
18.2
10.1
1009
1037
1023
34
98
77
17
1.7
11
1.1
Nov
-5.5
16.2
6.4
993
1033
1018
30
98
74
27
4.7
16
3.4
Dec
-5.1
13.6
4.7
976
1041
1019
39
98
74
27
4.8
17
3.4
2007
-7.0
29.9
10.7
976
1041
1015
23
98
72
35
4.1
23
2.8

Weather Commentary (new from April 2007)

Month

Commentary

April 2007 A really unusual month characterised by almost continuous high pressure, with the pressure only dropping below 1013 mbar (average pressure) on the 25th. The high pressure led to long periods of cloudless skies, and high daytime temperatures. With no clouds, there was no measureable rain during the month, a rare event. (It was possible to feel a few drops fall, but these evaporated as soon as they hit the ground and totalled well under 0.3mm). Daytime maxima were over 7°C over the long-term average, although the clear skies meant that night-time minima were close to normal. There was only one day (the 3rd) when the maximum temperature did not exceed the long-term average.
May 2007 The long drought finally ended on May 7th, after 38 days, 4 hours and 10 minutes without rain. We then started a period of very wet weather, with some rain falling on every day between the 7th and the 17th. So our longest dry period was followed by our longest wet period. We then had a 10 day dry spell, culminating in the May Bank Holiday, when I recorded 62.8 mm of rain on the Sunday and the Bank Holiday. That's 150% of May's "typical" rain in the 2 days. In total we had almost 120 mm of rain in May, almost 3 times the typical May rainfall (although it's worth noting that since I've been recording the weather, May has always been wet, averaging 76 mm compared with the Wattisham figure of 43 mm). May 2007 was still the wettest May I've recorded.
June 2007 June was famous for being wet. There was very bad flooding in many parts of the UK, including Yorkshire and Worcestershire. In Bealings we had a wet month, but by no means a record - it was actually drier than May of the same year. The pressure was characterised by continuous high pressure in the start of the month, and continuous low pressure in the 2nd half - once the pressure dropped below 1013 mbar on the 12th, it never got above it again in the month. Despite all that, June was still warm compared to Wattisham's long term average, and its average temperature was almost the same as what I've recorded for every previous June - although it has to be said, it didn't seem warm.
July 2007 July followed June's reputation for wetness. This time it was mainly in the Midlands that the flooding occurred - the Severn and Thames area particularly, with Worcester, Tewkesbury and Oxford all being hard hit. The cause of this was said to be the low pressure area causing the jet stream to occur further South than normal, and bringing wet air. In Bealings we had a pretty wet month, especially at the start, although not as wet as 2004. It was also fairly cool - May's maximum of 28.1 was never exceeded in July.
August 2007 Despite seeming wet, August 2007 was actually the driest I've recorded since I started in 2004. It also produced the highest August temperature - albeit of only 29.9°C. In fact, it was still wetter than expected long term, and that included a brief drought in the middle of the month, when there was no rain for 15 days. In truth, it seems to me that August was most notable for overcast, dull days, when it never got particularly hot nor cold, little sunshine and not too much rain.
September 2007 September was a mostly dry month, with no rain between the 3rd and the 20th - a mini drought. It was also distinguished by high pressure, averaging 1019 millibar and with only 2 days when the pressure dropped below normal average. The dry spell was comprehensively broken in the last week, when 31mm (almost 90% of the month's rain) fell in the 5 days between the 24th and the 28th.
October 2007 An odd month in some ways - it was actually pretty dry, since rain of greater then 1mm fell on only 4 days. However, 2 of those days were wet - 28 and 15 mm respectively - so almost 80% of the monthly rain fell on only 2 days. Apart from that, the main feature was continuing high pressure with only 2 spells (around the 16th and 29th) when it fell below 1013 mbar. That meant either beautifully clear skies - and sunny days with cold nights - or continuing dull overcast days, with cool days and warmer nights. The upshot of this was that this October was the coldest I've recorded.
November 2007 November continued the run of months where the temperature was close to the long term norm (i.e. "cold" set against recent trends), high pressure and relatively dry. 64% of the rain fell in a 4 day period from the 18th to the 21st. It was particularly chilly around the middle of the month, with the average temperature on the 16th at only -0.4°C. There were also some gloriously sunny autum days, with the colurs of the leaves spectacular at times.
December 2007 A month of contrasts, really. It started with low and very low pressure, which was below average for the first nine days of the month. During this time I recorded a new record low pressure of 976 millibar. This was accompanied by pretty heavy rain and winds. On the 10th the pressure began to increase rapidly, hitting 1040 by the 12th - a rise of 64 millibars in about 2 days. From then until the 25th, high pressure dominated, with plenty of beautiful clear days and chilly nights. During this 2 week period there was essentially no rain. The lower pressure and rain then returned for Christmas. In terms of average statistics it ended up as pretty average, albeit with high overall pressure.

EADT Records for 2007

Most years, the East Anglian Daily Times' weatherman, Ken Blowers publishes his records for the year. This section compares his records with mine.

Record
EADT
Great Bealings
Hottest day August 4 27°C August 5 29.9°C
Lowest max
temperature
February 8 2°C February 8 2.6°C
Wettest day May 28 52.8 mm May 27
May 28
33.1 mm
29.7 mm
Wettest month May 125 mm May 118.7 mm
Driest month April 0.5 mm April 0 mm
Days with rain   138   109