Hello and welcome to a look back at our weather in November 2020 – We cover the Western Isles and the rest of the UK at the end of the blog.
It was a very dull month across the islands with limited amounts of sunshine. It was one of the wetter months of the year but a long way behind October and January. The tail end of Hurricane Zeta brought a windy start to the month with South Uist, Benbecula and Stornoway all recording winds in excess of 70 mph on the 1st of November. A wet spell in the middle of the month before things settled down in the main to end the month.
** Updates with November Met Office weather stats for Stornoway Airport **
It was the dullest November for Stornoway Airport since 2008. November 2020 had 30 hours of sunshine. November 2008 had 18.6 hours of sunshine.
It was the wettest November since 2017 with 149.2 mm of rain in 2020. November 2018 and 2019 both had less then 75 mm of rainfall so quite the increase.
SEPA rainfall Gauges in the Western Isles
Creed Bridge – 171.4 mm of rain in November. November 2019 had 55.4 mm of rainfall. It was the 4th Wettest month of the year so far.
Laxdale (Harris) – 214 mm of rain in November. November 2019 had 56.2 mm of rainfall. It was the 4th wettest month of the year behind January
Mill Croft – 173.8 mm of rain in November. November 2019 had 72.6 mm of rainfall. It was the 5th wettest month of the year so far.
All the information for above can be found here https://www2.sepa.org.uk/rainfall/
Harris Quidnish was the wettest place in the UK on the 6th November with 5.4 mm of rainfall
Stornoway was the wettest place in the UK on the 11th November with 42.8 mm of rainfall
Stornoway was the sunniest place in the UK on the 30th November with 2.5 hours of sunshine.
There was multiple days of flood warnings for the weather warnings including 11 days of flood alerts.
Weather Warnings year to date
We had two weather warnings during the month of November. A wind warning at the start of the month and a rain warning in the middle of the month.
The total number of weather warnings to date for the year for the Western Isles stands at 26
Yellow – 26
Amber – 0
Red – 0
A further break down of the warnings.
Wind – 14
Snow and Ice – 2
Rain – 5
Thunderstorms – 3
Wind and snow – 1
Ice – 1
The highest and low temps of the month
Stornoway 12.8C and South Uist 13.0C
Stornoway 1.8C and South Uist 3.0C
UK Wide Weather Stats
According to the Met Office it was the 6th Warmest November on record for mean temp since 1884.
It was quite a dull month compared to the 1981 – 2010 especially for us in the islands and even more so in South West Scotland.
More on this can be found here https://blog.metoffice.gov.uk/2020/12/02/a-dry-but-rather-dull-month/
I will do a further blog update later in the month with more specific Stornoway Airport stats.
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