Weather Averages for 2008

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
2008 Average Max Temp
Difference
Average Min Temp
2008 Average Min Temp
Difference
Average Rainfall
2008 Rainfall
Difference
Days of Rainfall >= 1mm
Days of Rainfall >= 1mm in 2008
Difference
Days with Air Frost
Days with Air Frost in 2008
Difference
Month
[deg C]
[deg C]
[deg C]
[deg C]
[deg C]
[deg C]
[mm]
[mm]
[mm]
[days]
[days]
[days]
[days]
[days]
[days]
Jan
6.3 9.0 +2.7 0.7 3.3 +2.6 49.5 81.8 +32.3 (wet) 11.0 13 +2 (wet) 11.5 3 -8.5
Feb 6.6 9.7 +3.1 0.7 -0.3 -1.0 35.1 10.6 -24.5 (dry) 8.5 4 -4.5 (dry) 11.1 17 +5.9
Mar
9.5 10.1 +0.6 2.3 1.6 -0.7 42.5 98.5 +56.0 (wet) 10.6 16 +5.4 (wet) 6.4 11 +4.6
Apr
11.9 14.5 +2.6 3.7 2.9 -0.8 41.2 53.5 +12.3 (wet) 8.7 12 +3.3 (wet) 3.8 6 +2.2
May
15.8 20.2 +4.4 6.8 7.8 +1.0 43.7 80.8 +37.1 (wet) 8.2 7 -1.2 (dry) 0.5 0 -0.5
Jun
18.7 22.4 +3.7 9.5 9.7 +0.2 52.2 67.2 +15.0 (wet) 8.7 8 -0.7 (dry) 0.0 0  
Jul
21.4 24.5 +3.1 11.8 12.1 +0.3 42.4 45.0 +2.6 (wet) 7.8 10 +2.2 (wet) 0.0 0  
Aug
21.6 23.2 +1.6 11.9 12.8 +0.7 47.1 67.9 +20.8 (wet) 7.3 12 +4.7 (wet) 0.0 0  
Sep
18.3 18.9 +0.6 9.9 8.9 -1.0 55.1 53.5 -1.6 (dry) 8.6 8 -0.6 (dry) 0.0 0  
Oct
13.9 14.5 +0.6 7.2 4.2 -3.0 57.2 50.8 -6.4 (dry) 9.0 7 -2.0 (dry) 0.4 5 +4.6
Nov
9.3 9.9 +0.6 3.5 4.3 +0.7 55.6 75.0 +19.4 (wet) 10.4 12 +1.6 (wet) 5.4 4 -1.4
Dec
7.1 6.0 -1.1 1.9 0.9 -1.0 52.1 28.6 -23.5 (dry) 10.6 6 -4.6 (dry) 9.0 13 +4.0
Year
13.4 15.3 +1.9 5.9 5.7 -0.2 573.7 713.2 +139.5 (wet) 109.4 115 +5.6 (wet) 48.3 59 +10.7

Temperatures in 2008

This is how the temperature varied in 2008:

Temperatures in 2008

Monthly Minima, Maxima and Averages for 2008

Month
Temperature
Pressure
Humidity
Gust
Average Wind
Min
Max
Ave
Min
Max
Ave
Min
Max
Ave
Max
Ave
Max
Ave
Jan
-2.3
14.6
6.3
974
1035
1011
29
96
69
29
6.5
16
4.7
Feb
-7.2
13.6
4.5
988
1044
1022
26
93
59
24
4.4
16
3.1
Mar
-2.8
15.6
5.7
963
1034
1004
24
93
57
31
7.0
24
5.2
Apr
-4.3
22.4
8.1
988
1030
1009
22
91
52
22
4.0
13
2.8
May
1.7
26.8
13.4
997
1026
1015
15
92
49
19
1.6
12
0.7
Jun
4.6
28.3
15.6
1003
1025
1015
15
91
47
17
3.4
11
2.2
Jul
6.9
31.7
17.7
994
1025
1013
15
88
44
18
3.4
12
2.2
Aug
6.3
28.6
17.2
983
1020
1009
18
93
52
21
4.1
12
2.8
Sep
3.7
24.1
13.4
988
1037
1016
25
95
63
19
2.5
11
1.6
Oct
-2.3
19.6
9.1
993
1032
1013
27
96
70
23
3.8
14
2.5
Nov
-2.7
14.1
7.2
984
1035
1012
37
98
77
27
4.5
16
3.2
Dec
-5.6
12.4
3.5
977
1039
1017
42
98
76
22
3.5
13
2.3
2008
-7.2
31.7
10.2
963
1044
1013
15
98
59
31
4.1
24
2.8

EADT Records for 2008

The table below compares the records from the East Anglian Daily Times' weatherman, Ken Blowers with mine.

Record
EADT
Great Bealings
Hottest day July 26 29°C July 27 31.7°C
Coldest day December 29 2°C December 29 2.5°C
Coldest night February 18 -7°C February 18 -7.2°C
Wettest day May 27 35 mm 16 March
May 27
27.6 mm
20.1 mm
Driest month February 10.2 mm February 10.6 mm
Wettest month March 95.5 mm March 98.5 mm
Total rainfall   696 mm   713 mm
Days with rain   143   115

 

Weather Commentary

Month

Commentary

January 2008 January was another classic month of 2 halves. Before the 20th, we had consistently low pressure and accompanying rainfall. Over 70 mm of rain fell in that period, and we had the lowest pressure I've ever measured - 974 mBar. After the 20th we had generally good weather with high pressure and clear skies. It was also a very windy month - the windiest I've measured since January 2007. Windy, wet and warm...
February 2008 The most notable feature of February was the proliferation of clear, cloudless skies in the middle of the month, leading to warm days, cold (and sometimes very cold) nights and no rain. No rain at all fell from the 6th to the 23rd inclusive, which counts as a drought on my scale (a period longer than 15 days with no days with rain of over 1 mm). It was generally a very dry month, with only 10.6 mm of rain in total. Early in the morning of the 18th, we experienced a temperature of -7.2°C, which is a record for my installation. We also had a high pressure measurement equalling my previous highest (1044 mbar) on the 16th. Cold and dry.
March 2008 March was wet, comparatively cold, and distinguished by low pressure. The 10th of the month saw a new record for low pressure - 963 mbar, 11 mbar lower than previously recorded. On average, the pressure for the month was only 1004 mbar, the lowest average I've recorded, and 11 mbar below my "norm". It was also easily the wettest March I've recorded, doubling the previous record. And it was the second coldest I've recorded. Not a month for sunbathing, really. On the bright side, the 31st was bright and sunny.
April 2008 The wettest April I've recorded, although that's not saying much since historically April has been dry here. This year would have followed that trend except for the wet last 2 days, when over 22 mm fell. It was the coldest April I've measured, and was mainly a month of hot days and cold nights. That said, the days felt cold too! Low pressure was the norm, with the average for the month being only 1009 mbar
May 2008 Some similarities between April and May. Until the 25th, only 8.8 mm of rain had fallen, which would have made it by far the driest May I'd recorded. However, between the 25th and the 29th (the Bank Holiday weekend and Half Term holiday!) 72 mm fell - close to twice the expected monthly rain in just 5 days. Rain in the last week notwithstanding, May was generally warm and sunny. It was the hottest May I've recorded, and daytime maxima exceeded the expected regularly. It was also notable for very light winds - the least windy month I've ever recorded (although the Bank Holiday weekend again bucked this trend, as those watching the Test Match can attest).
June 2008 The month started cold and wet, following on from a wet end to May. It was the wettest 15 day period I've recorded. It then turned out nice, and we had a 10 day spell when no rain fell at all, and the weather was generally warm and sunny. That's how it ended. Despite the warm end, it was still the coldest June I've recorded.
July 2008 Once again a wet and cool start, especially on the 9th, when 17 mm of rain fell and the temperature only reached 16°C. There were a few instances of thunder and lightning around the early part of the month. The second half of the month was generally hot, sunny and dry. Most of the country had heavy rainfalls in the last few days, but these almost completely bypassed Bealings and only a few drops of rain were felt.
August 2008 August will go down in the annals as a very wet month. However, comparing it to the local history in Great Bealings, that's not true (although it is true in many other parts of the UK). On average over the last 4 years, August has been by far the wettest month of the year. This year it was only 4th wettest, in a generally wet year. It started hot and ended hot, and was pretty normal in between, although nights were generally warm. That's partly down to the large amount of cloud cover we had, making it generally dull.
September 2008 September started wet, with almost 50 mm (about a normal month's rain) falling in the first 12 days. However, the pressure then increased, the rain stopped and the sun even came out on occasion. The last weekend was a beautiful Autumn style "Indian Summer", with both days close to 21°C. However, temperatures were never much better than average, and it was by far the coldest September I've recorded. There were some particularly chilly nights.
October 2008 October was a rather nice month, if a bit chilly. The early part of the month was generally notable for warm dry days - something of an Indian summer. Later on there were clear skies at night and therefore a number of ground frosts. October 2008 provided the coldest October temperature I've recorded (-2.3°C), a remarkably low average minimum at 3°C below the norm, and the coldest average October I've recorded, at 9.1°C. Rainfall was about average, although it felt as if it was a dry month.

It was also the month when my second laptop gave up the ghost. It hadn't been behaving, so I thought I'd turn it off and on. Turning off was successful, but turning back on wasn't! Still - it had been on without a break for over 2 years, so I can't complain. I replaced it with an identical Thinkpad T22 bought on eBay for £85, swapped the disks over and we were back running.
November 2008 November started wet and comparatively warm, especially in the nights. Relative humidity was consistently high. There was a period of cold weather in the middle of the month, with some snow that laid for a period around the 23rd. Apart from that, there's nothing much to say - damp and dreary.
December 2008 December was most notable for being cold and dry. The month started cold and wet, with low pressure, but then we gained high pressure and from the middle of the month the pressure stayed high (typically 1030-1040 mBar) and the weather stayed generally cold and dry. There was a warm spell around the 20th, but apart from that the month was cold, and was the coldest December I've recorded. The end of the month saw the start of an official "Holmes drought", with no days with rain of over 1 mm from the 13th of the month.