TEMP 20.4°C Ι DEW POINT 15.2°C Ι FEELS LIKE 21.6°C Ι HUMIDITY 72% Ι PRESSURE 1015.8mb Ι WIND 1.6mph 225° SW
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Lastest Reading: 11:40 on 29 July 2014
Current Temperature 20.4 ºC Dew Point 15.2 ºC Feels Like 21.6 ºC Humidity 72 Pressure 1015.8 Wind
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Around the globe, we Brits are often thought of in a stereotypical way, among other things, we all have bad teeth, we all know the Queen, we have a stiff upper lip, and of course, we are all obsessed with the weather.  Personally speaking, my teeth are fine, I’ve unfortunatly never had the pleasure of meeting HRH, but, I am obsessed with the weather.  What started off as sky watching and catching the regional weather forecast, has turned into me setting up my own weather station in the back garden for my own use, to setting up this website so others can keep up to date with local weather, and worldwide events.  Please feel free to send in any interesting weather/landscape related photos that may be used around the site.  We also welcome any updates on local weather, and this along with any photos can be sent to info@southtyneweather.co.uk

Some of the background facts and information (in weather explained) on this site have been taken from elsewhere, such as how tsunamis are generated, what causes earthquakes etc, but all thoughts on the weather and forecasts are my own

Latest Blog: Indian summer?
Posted on: September 18, 2013 by Admin
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Well after a rather nice summer this year my thoughts are now turning to winter, and that old chestnut of “is it going to snow”.  Of course I can’t answer that with any kind of certainty but I do think we are in for a rather cold winter again this year.

Firstly though, we have autumn to get through, and after a cold start to September, which has already seen the first low pressure system of the season I can happily say high pressure is the order of the day from today onwards, which will bring improving temperatures and less wind.  The problem this time of year with high pressure is that it can bring with it a lot of mist, and this can be quite hard to burn off in autumn so temperatures won’t reach as high as they would have say a month ago.  Still not to be sniffed at, a nice few days of sunshine mid September is always welcome, and this looks likely to last well into next week.  Night still chilly though, and temperatures may take a while to lift during the day, but it will be nice and bright and pleasantly warm in the sunshine.

Thinking ahead to winter, NASA have recently confirmed that our current solar cycle (26) is possibly going to be the weakest since 1906.  This results in colder summers and winters, which is a result of the jet stream being positioned further south than usual, which we have seen a lot of over the past couple of years.  This is thought to be caused, at least somewhat by the sun, although not a great deal is actually known about this.  Anyway, this could lead towards some colder winters, and also summers over the next few years.  I do happen to believe this year will be a cold winter, although nothing can be said with certainty at this point.  For now enjoy the coming sunshine!

Latest Blog: Pressure – What exactly is it?
Posted on: July 13, 2013 by Admin
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You will have heard a million times forecasters talking of high or low pressure systems, but what exactly are they, and how do they affect our weather?  A huge amount of air is pushing down on us at all times, the gases in the air are made of tiny molecules that although we can’t see them, are taking up space and have weight.  The reason we can’t feel this is because our bodies also have air, which pushes outwards and this creates a balance between the two.  Warm air molecules move quickly and push each other apart, meaning the air gets lighter and rises.  Cooler air molecules move slowly, and they take up less space than the warm air molecules, and as the air becomes denser and heavier it sinks.  Air pressure is the weight of the air pushing down on the earths surface, when air warms up it rises, when air cools and sinks there is high pressure.  Air pressure varies all over the planet as different areas receive different amounts of the suns warmth.  Pressure is measured with a barometer, and is recorded as millibars (mb).  There is a difference between absolute pressure and sea level pressure.  You can find your sea level pressure with a quick google search by typing in your location.  My weather station records the actual pressure where I am, and will be different to those nearer the sea.  Where there are hurricanes/typhoons the pressure at sea will drop very low, as these storms from from low weather systems.

High Pressure

As stated, when the air cools it sinks, and this means there is more air pushing down on the earths surface, thus the air pressure rises.  As the air sink it becomes warmer and drier and the clouds disappear, so areas of high pressure usually bring warm dry weather with clear skies.  In weather maps, high pressure will be depicted as red.

Low Pressure

When the air warms it rises, leaving less air pushing down on the earths surface, and this leads to the pressure going down.  Areas of low pressure, which are usually described as a depression, bring rain, wind and storms, and changeable temperatures.  As high pressure is shown as red on weather maps, low pressure is shown as blue.

So generally, high pressure = good, low pressure = bad.  Here in Britain, when we have typical weather for the seasons, we will have high pressure in spring/summer, and low pressure in autumn/winter.  The reason we haven’t had the typical weather patterns lately is because of the jet stream, because it has been sat to the south of the UK for much of the past 18 months it has allowed low pressure to sweep right across the UK, usually in summer it sits above us, therefore drawing away low pressure above us and allowing high pressure to build.  This is the kind of weather we have been seeing lately, the jet stream is in its more typical place for this type of year so the low pressure is being dragged north of us.  Let’s all hope it will stay there throughout July and August!

 

 

Latest Blog: Hottest day recorded, and broken 3 times this week! will it last?
Posted on: July 12, 2013 by Admin
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So Saturday saw the hottest temperature I have recorded at 27.6c, Tuesday then broke that record at 28.7c, and today we have reached 29.8c, with a good chance we will top 30!  The question everyone is asking is will it last?  The answer is yes, it certainly could, potentially until the end of July believe it or not.  This has been the longest real summer weather we have experienced since 2006, and many have welcomed it with open arms, myself included.  The reason as I have explained previously is the Jetstream (Jetstream is explained elsewhere on the site) is currently situated well to the north of the UK, pushing away all low pressure and allowing high pressure to pretty much dominate the entire country.  Northern Ireland has recorded the hottest temperatures of this current spell, reaching 29.9c, which is only just under a degree hotter than the hottest ever record.  The chances are that will be well beaten this weekend though.  Some coastal areas, South Tyneside included will find temperatures dropping over the weekend with some cloud rolling in off the North Sea, that is not to say it will be cold by any means, it will still be in the 20s and will feel very warm in the sunshine.

The rest of the month appears for now to remain largely warm and dry, there is the chance of a few showers, which you would expect this time of year, but by no means a washout.  All in all enjoy the weather, make sure you wear suncream mind even in cloudier conditions, I can testify how easy it is to get caught out by the Rudolf look I am currently sporting after strolling yesterday morning in cloudier conditions!

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