Weather Averages for 2011

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
2011 Average Max Temp
Difference
Average Min Temp
2011 Average Min Temp
Difference
Average Rainfall
2011 Rainfall
Difference
Days of Rainfall >= 1mm
Days of Rainfall >= 1mm in 2011
Difference
Days with Air Frost
Days with Air Frost in 2011
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 6.7 +0.4 0.7 1.2 +0.5 49.5 60.7 +11.2 11.0 12 +1.0 11.5 10 -1.5
Feb 6.6 9.1 +2.5 0.7 3.3 +2.6 35.1 37.2 +2.1 8.5 5 -3.5 11.1 3 -8.1
Mar
9.5 11.6 +2.1 2.3 1.4 -0.9 42.5 6.1 -36.4 10.6 4 -6.6 6.4 9 +2.6
Apr
11.9 20.1 +8.2! 3.7 6.1 +2.4 41.2 1.4 -39.8 8.7 1 -7.7 3.8 1 -2.8
May
15.8 21.1 +5.3 6.8 7.6 +0.8 43.7 21.8 -21.9 8.2 3 -5.2 0.5 1 +0.5
Jun
18.7 23.2 +4.5 9.5 10.0 +0.5 52.2 74.3 +22.1 8.7 9 +0.3 0.0 0  
Jul
21.4 22.4 +1.0 11.8 10.6 -1.2 42.4 52.2 +9.8 7.8 11 +3.2 0.0 0  
Aug
21.6 23.0 +1.4 11.9 11.9 0.0 47.1 61.0 +13.9 7.3 8 +0.7 0.0 0  
Sep
18.3 22.3 +4.0 9.9 10.5 +0.6 55.1 9.5 -45.6 8.6 3 -5.6 0.0 0  
Oct
13.9 18.4 +4.5 7.2 8.3 +1.1 57.2 27.6 -29.6 9.0 7 -2 0.4 3 +2.6
Nov
9.3 12.8 +3.5 3.5 6.0 +2.5 55.6 18.8 -36.8 10.4 4 -6.4 5.4 1 -4.4
Dec
7.1 8.3 +1.2 1.9 2.6 +0.7 52.1 62.7 +10.6 10.6 14 +3.4 9.0 4 -5.0
YTD
                             
Year
13.4 16.6 +3.2 5.9 6.6 +0.7 573.7 433.3 -140.4 109.4 81 -28.4 48.1 32 -16.1

Temperatures in 2011

This is how the temperature varied in 2011:

Temperatures in 2009

Monthly Minima, Maxima and Averages for 2011

Month
Temperature
Pressure
Humidity
Gust
Average Wind
Min
Max
Ave
Min
Max
Ave
Min
Max
Ave
Max
Ave
Max
Ave
Jan
-3.3
13.2
4.2
987
1038
1017
30
98
69
19
3.7
13
2.3
Feb
-2.7
15.2
6.1
989
1033
1013
23
98
66
25
4.3
15
2.8
Mar
-5.6
18.8
6.1
997
1041
1022
18
98
55
22
2.7
15
1.6
Apr
-0.1
28.6
12.2
1007
1028
1018
13
81
41
19
2.8
12
1.7
May
-0.9
26.5
14.0
1003
1027
1017
14
82
36
21
4.0
12
2.7
Jun
4.3
32.4
15.8
994
1034
1014
14
91
48
17
3.3
12
2.0
Jul
5.1
28.7
15.9
990
1025
1012
14
84
49
20
2.8
11
1.6
Aug
8.1
31.2
16.7
999
1025
1012
13
87
49
17
2.8
10
1.7
Sep
5.3
28.3
15.5
998
1029
1012
16
81
53
24
3.6
12
2.3
Oct
-1.6
29.8
12.5
994
1036
1017
13
85
56
19
4.0
12
2.7
Nov
-1.7
17.2
9.5
989
1030
1017
23
86
68
23
2.5
17
1.6
Dec
-3.3
13.3
5.6
978
1033
1009
25
87
61
28
6.3
16
4.6
2011
-5.6
32.4
11.2
978
1041
1015
13
98
54
28
3.6
17
2.3

Weather Commentary

Month

Commentary

January 2011 Not a huge amount to say, really. It started cold, then got warm and wet, and then ended up chilly and a generally wet month.
February 2011 February 2011 produced the highest February temperature I've recorded, at 15.2°C - more typical of May than February. The middle of the month felt quite warm and spring-like, but both the start and finish were distinctly chilly. Despite that, it was also, on average, the warmest February I've recorded. Rainfall was typical for the month, but we had fewer frosts than we would normally expect.
March 2011 March was most notable for being very dry - we received less than 15% of the expected rainfall for the month. When rain did fall (4 days with > 1mm) it was very little and barely dampened the soil. It was also interesting for being just slightly colder than February, on average, and exactly the same as last March (to three significant figures). If we had been discussing the weather mid-month, I would have said that it was a very overcast, dull period. However, it brightened up considerably to the end of the month and we had some beautiful sunny days in the final week.
April 2011 Well, it was very hot and very dry. The daily maximum figure was always above the long-term average, and was, on average, 8.2°C higher than normal - the biggest monthly difference from the average that I've ever measured - the previous highest being the very hot July 2006. It was on average 1°C hotter than any previous April measured here. Despite the fact that we only has 1.4mm of rain, it wasn't the driest April I've measured - that was April 2007, when no rain at all fell. However, following on from a very dry March, we are now in desperate need of some decent rain - we haven't had "proper" rain (more than 2mm) since February 26 - 63 days ago.
May 2011 Well - anyone who lives in this area doesn't need me to tell them that May has continued the trend for hot, dry weather. Using my definition of drought (total rainfall over 15 days of < 1mm) we entered an official Holmes drought on 20 April, and this lasted until 16 May, a total period of 41 days - the longest period of very low rainfall I've recorded. Had we not had a decent 18mm on the 30th/31st of the month, May would only have had 4.3mm in total. The run of days when we did not have > 2mm of rain stretched to 93 days. We need the rain to continue for the fields, gardens and my pond. It was also the hottest May I've recorded, with every day bar the 2nd and 3rd exceeding the average daily maximum. The end of the month also brought quite windy weather.
June 2011 June broke the run of dry weather - it was wetter than average, although not outrageously so. At least the grass is now green, our pond is replenished and the spuds are growing. The same can't be said for the fields, where the wheat crops look very brown and stunted. Quite a bit of the rain fell as heavy showers or storms - in particular on the afternoon of the 28th, when there was thunder and lightening. The lightening struck a number of houses in the general area, causing quite a bit of damage. In terms of temperature, it was about the same as we now normally get, although the temperature of 32.4°C on the 27th was close to the highest June temperature I've ever recorded.
July 2011 July was surprisingly chilly. Checking the graph of temperatures during the year, it almost looks as if it was no hotter than April. It was actually just hotter than June, but the coldest July I've recorded. Plenty of rain at the start of the month, but a dry week at the end.
August 2011 August felt cold and wet. In fact, it was slightly warmer than July and drier than the long-term average I've recorded here, but it still didn't seem like a great month. We had almost 1" of rain in one day, and there were regular heavy showers. We saw no lightning, although many other places did.
September 2011 Very warm and dry. We had a few days of very desultory drizzle, but only one (the 6th) when enough rain fell to put water into the water butts. I've had to resort to refilling the pond with tap water. The end of the month was much trumpeted in the press as an "Indian Summer" with the 30th reaching 28.3°C - only 0.5°C lower than my maximum recorded temperature, and right at the end of the month rather than at the beginning. That sort of temperature would count as warm for July.
October 2011 Started very warm indeed. My previous highest recorded temperature for October was 21.0°C. On October 2nd, just before 2 p.m., my recorded maximum temperature was 29.8°C - nearly 9°C higher that the previous! Monthly maxima were also recorded at lots of official weather sites. Apart from that, it was another dry month, with a few more frosts than normal.
November 2011 Warm and dry. Seems odd for a November, but that's what we had. There was no proper rain between the 5th and the 29th - a rain-free period of 24 days. We've now had about 3 months' less rain than would normally be expected for this time of the year, and there is talk of water shortages next year. There was only one brief frost (although I shouldn't complain, since I'm now commuting to Colchester daily on my motorbike, so warmer weather is welcome). It looks like the year is shaping up to be comfortably the warmest I've recorded and almost certainly the driest, unless December provides freezing monsoon conditions.
December 2011 Comparatively warm and statistically rather wet, although the feeling was not of a wet month. A few minor flurries of wet snow and some light frost, but nothing that you'd normally expect from a December.