>Scotland Experiences Outstanding Streak Of All-Time Record Highs For March 2012

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Scotland Experiences Outstanding Streak Of 3 All-Time Record Highs For March 2012

Old Record: 22.2C recorded at Gordon Castle in 1957, Sunday’s new record: 22.8C at Fyvie Castle, Monday’s new record 23.2C at Cromdale, today’s new record: at least 23.6C at Aboyne!

A sunny, warm Glasgow looking west down the Clyde early this afternoon (courtesy of Mark Vogan)

I thought last week and the previous week had been remarkable across the USA and Canada with all their off the charts record breaking warmth but if I am being honest, although I did forecast some very impressive warmth, settled and strongly high pressure dominated weather over the UK and Ireland, I guess I didn’t see a three day stretch in which each day would see an all-time Scotland record fall.

Although not just as extreme of the US in terms of margin from old record to new record, in my opinion, it is harder for us to see this type of record-breaking weather than in the US simply because we don’t typically get EXTREMES here due to various reasons. However, the tell tale signs have been with us since early last December when we were basically the stormiest place or one of the stormiest places on the planet with every other day seeing severe gale-force winds, torrential rains and damage. On Christmas day, Northern Ireland saw it’s warmest Christmas on record while Scotland and the UK fell shy by less than 1C. We also fell just shy of the February record for Scotland by less than 1C, but this month, mother nature says, ya know what, I think it’s time to set a record and not once, not twice but three times!

Rare image capturing a cloudfree UK & Ireland at midday today, courtesy of the MODIS satellite. Thanks to my twitter follower @Mark_Dunphy for sharing this.

High pressure has been dominated and this continues to raise concerns for this summer. I blame the drought stretching from Spain to the Midlands of England on keeping us generally warm and settled. This persistency in high pressure dominance has eventually paid off in terms of record warmth. This returning surge of high pressure has grown stronger and with a position directly overhead and combined with correct wind direction, has meant temps have soared.

Near Ballantrae, Ayrshire this morning (courtesy of Mark Vogan)

Wednesday looks to be another very warm one with very sunny skies and temps widely 17-22C with a few spots from Southern Scotland to London taking a run at 23 or 24C. Thursday will see a slow breaking down of the strong upper heights and this means the return of clouds, light rain and cooler temps. By this weekend, after another warm day Thursday across central and southern England, a return to nearer normal will come with a chilly NW flow and potential hill snow.

March temperature records broken again in Scotland
BBC

Scots sweltering in third day of record-breaking sunshine
STV NEWS

Galloway hillside grass fire continues to rage
BBC

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Severe Storm Threat This Evening Near St. Louis, Chicago
ACCUWEATHER

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Exceptional Rains Fall Yet Again Across Queensland!

THE EXTREMES OF THE DAY

TODAY’S US EXTREMES
COURTESY OF ACCUWEATHER

HIGH: 91° at Dryden, TX
LOW: 10° at Frenchville, ME

TODAY’S UK EXTREMES
COURTESY OF THE MET OFFICE

HIGH: 74° (23.6°C) at Aboyne (Aberdeenshire)
LOW: 26° (-3.6°C) at Altnaharra (Sutherland)

TODAY’S EXTREMES HERE AT MY HOUSE

HIGH: 67°
LOW: 31°

Thanks for reading.
-Mark

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