Weather summary for Teignmouth, Dawlish and nearby areas by Mike Trigger

Items marked * contain estimates to fill in missing data

The monthly weather summary is prepared as soon as possible each month and is based on unofficial recordings and the opinion of the author. No claim is made about the accuracy of the summary. If you are aware of an error or omission please e-mail mike.trigger@gmail.com   (Seasonal summaries available by 10th).

The longer term averages are sourced from the Met Office.

LTA=long term average 1981 to 2010

Updated 3rd April 2019



Weather Summary March 2019 (3 April 2019)

Until the 17th March was very unsettled with periods of wet and windy weather as low pressure centres and their associated fronts crossed the UK. There were two named storms, Freya (3/4th) and Gareth (12/13th) although the depression on the 5th/6th brought the wettest conditions to the district with almost an inch of rain. High pressure developed after the 17th bringing a good deal of dry and sunny weather, interrupted on the 23/24th by a slow moving cold front which made for a cloudy wet and often drizzly period.

In terms of statistics;
The average temperature for March was around 9 Celsius, that’s over a degree above the long term average. The warmest days occurred between the 27th and 30th when highest values of between 16 and 18 Celsius were recorded. The coldest morning of the month was on the 26th when most areas got close to but in the main just above zero. Netherton dipped to minus 1 Celsius and managed five air frosts during the month. In general though there were fewer than average frosts during March.
Because of the unsettled first two thirds of the month rainfall was above average with between 65mm and 95mm recorded. There were around 13 dry days but 13 to 16 days when 1 mm or more of rain was recorded, the average being 11 days. The wettest day, with up to 25 mm, was on the 5th. And there were 2 or 3 days with over 10mm and one with at least 20mm.
Sunshine was above normal with 163 hours recorded electronically at Dawlish and 134 hours recorded traditionally at Teignmouth which compares to the Teignmouth average of 123 hours
(Averages are based on Teignmouth 1981 to 2010).

In summary, March 2019 milder than average and was sunnier despite near or above average rain.  

When shown * estimates were made using reports from nearby sites in order to calculate missing data. Grass frost estimates use air temp below 4C in winter

Teignmouth Den.
Mean temperature 9.5C (LTA 7.9C). Average Max 12.5C (LTA 10.9C). Highest 14.2C on 14th. Average Min 6.5C (LTA 4.9C). Lowest 2.4C on 26. Air frost nil. (Average 1). Potential 6 ground frosts
Total rain 66.3mm (LTA 69.4mm). 16 dry days, 13 days with 1mm or more (LTA 11). Wettest day 23.7mm on the 5th 0900 to 0900 hours next day. 1 day with >= 10mm. 1 day with >= 20mm.
Total sun *134.5 hours (LTA 122.6 hours).

Dawlish inland.
Average temp 9.3C. Air frost 0 days. Ground frost possible 12 days. Highest 17.8C on 30th. Lowest 0.2C morning of 26th. Total rain 84.6mm. 14 dry days 16 days with 1mm or more. 3 day 10mm or more. 1 days 20mm or more. Wettest day 22.2mm 5th. Sunshine *163 hours (data from Weather Cloud)

Dawlish Warren (inland from railway line).
Average temp 9C. Air frost 0days. Ground frost possible 10 days. Highest 17C on 27th. Lowest 1C morning of 26th. Total rain 83.5mm, 14 dry days 16 days with 1mm or more. 3 days 10mm or more. 1 days 20mm or more. Wettest day 19mm 5th .

Teignmouth Inland.
Average temp 9C. Air frost 0days. Ground frost possible ** days. Highest 15C on 30th. Lowest 2C morning of 26th. Total rain 85.8mm. 15 dry days 14 days with 1mm or more. 3 days 10mm or more. 1 days 20mm or more. Wettest day 23.6mm 5th .

Netherton.
Average temp 8C. Air frost 5days. Ground frost possible 18 days. Highest 16C on 19/27th. Lowest -1C morning of 26th. Total rain 81.8mm. 14 dry days. 15 days with 1mm or more. 3 days 10mm or more. 1 days 20mm or more. Wettest day 21.8mm 5th .



Weather Summary Winter December 2018 to February 2019 (1 March 2019)

For Teignmouth average temperature was 7.9C (1.2C above average) with both average maximum and average minimum above the long term values (1981-2010) and there were seven fewer air frosts than average. Rainfall was below average 208mm (average 270mm) and sunshine was close to average at 204hours (average 209hours). There number of days with snow was probably below average.

Dawlish inland, average temperature 7.4C with 13 air frosts and 231mm of rain.
Nertherton , average temperature 6.8C with 24 air frosts and 264mm of rain.
Ringmore average temperature 7.3C with 24 air frosts and 219mm of rain.



Weather Summary February 2019 (1 March 2019)

February started cold and unsettled with a clear night between weather systems leading to the coldest morning of the month on the 3rd. Milder SW winds then brought a series of weather fronts and associated cloud and rain across the UK, culminating in storm Erik which became a deep low over northern Scotland on the 8th and 9th.This brought the windiest spell of the month to Dawlish and Teignmouth with gale or severe gale strength winds.
A weak ridge developed after this storm and built to become a large anticyclone. This High moved to become centred over France and Germany for the remainder of the month. It was close enough to provide a good deal of dry weather across the Teignmouth and Dawlish area despite a series of weak weather fronts edging in from the west. Because of the location of the high, milder SW winds continued to feed across the SW of England and even when the winds turned south or southeast there source air across Europe was relatively mild. Clear spells overnight, however, led to a number of chilly starts especially in areas away from the immediate coast. Elsewhere in the UK there were some unusually high temperatures during February but because winds were often off the sea, the higher values were not seen in this area. Despite this temperatures in the area were above the averages for England although there was slightly less sunshine than England overall.

In terms of statistics;
The average temperature for February was around 7.5 Celsius, that’s over a degree above the long term average. There were several days which were contenders for the warmest, in places the 4th or 5th but mostly near the end of the month when winds turned from SE to SW cutting off the chill of the sea. Top values were mostly between 14 and 16 Celsius.
Most places had multiple mornings with a ground frost and air frost occurred on 1 or 2 nights in the Teign estuary, 3 or 4 nights elsewhere but on as many as 9 nights in some of the colder inland valleys. The long term average number of air frosts at the Teignmouth Den weather site is 4 nights in February. The coldest morning was on the 3rd when temperatures fell to between minus 1 and minus 2 Celsius near the coast , down to minus 4 Celsius inland and as low as minus 6 Celsius in the Netherton area.
It was a drier than average month with around 15 days (+/-3) with no measurable rain and rainfall totals ranged from 40mm to 58mm which is between a half and two thirds of typically February rainfall. There were between 6 and 10 days when 1 mm or more of rain was recorded, the average being 10 days. The wettest day, with up to 11 mm, was on the 8th or 9th for most of the area.
A small amount of snow was lying on 1st of February but soon melted.
Sunshine was well above normal with 106 hours recorded at Teignmouth which compares with an average of 83 hours.

In summary, February 2019 was a good bit drier, milder and sunnier than average.

When shown * estimates were made using reports from nearby sites in order to calculate missing data. Grass frost estimates use air temp below 4C in winter

Teignmouth Den.
Mean temperature 7.7C (LTA 6.4C). Average Max 11.1C (LTA 9.1C). Highest 13.8C on 4/28th. Average Min 4.2C (LTA 3.7C). Lowest -1.2C on 3rd. Air frost 2. (Average 4). Potential 11 ground frosts
Total rain 40.4mm (LTA 71.8mm). 15 dry days, 6 days with 1mm or more (LTA 10). Wettest day 10.1mm on the 8th 0900 to 0900 hours next day. 1 day with >= 10mm. 0 days with >= 20mm.
Total sun 106.1 hours (LTA 83.5 hours).

Dawlish inland.
Average temp 7.3C. Air frost 4days. Ground frost possible 17 days. Highest 15.3C on 4th. Lowest -3.4C morning of 3rd. Total rain 55.4mm includes 0mm snow water equivalent from partial lying snow on 1st. *17 dry days 10 days with 1mm or more. 1 day 10mm or more. 0 days 20mm or more. Wettest day 10.4mm 5th. Sunshine *103hours (data from 7th plus Teignmouth 1 to 6th)

Dawlish Warren (inland from railway line).
Average temp 7.5C. Air frost 3days. Ground frost possible 15 days. Highest 15.3C on 28th. Lowest -3.9C morning of 3rd. Total rain 55.9mm, *17 dry days 10 days with 1mm or more. 1 day 10mm or more. 0 days 20mm or more. Wettest day 11.9mm 8th .

Teignmouth Inland.
Average temp 7.6C. Air frost 1days. Ground frost possible 12 days. Highest 14C on 28th. Lowest -1C morning of 3rd. Total rain 55.4mm. 17* dry days 9 days with 1mm or more. 1 day 10mm or more. 0 days 20mm or more. Wettest day 10.4mm 8th .

Netherton.
Average temp 6.6C. Air frost 9days. Ground frost possible *21 days. Highest 15.5C on 15th. Lowest -6.0C morning of 3rd. Total rain 57.7mm. 14 dry days. 10 days with 1mm or more. 2 days 10mm or more. 0 days 20mm or more. Wettest day 11.9mm 8th .


Weather Summary January 2019 (3rd February)

High pressure dominated the weather for the first half of January. This brought a good deal of dry weather with variable amounts of cloud often associated with a series of weak weather fronts which moved around the High and then south across the district. There was a transition period between the 15th and 17th when the high pressure eased away allowing northwest than west winds to develop heralding a rather unsettled period as milder air and rain spread from the west. Later in the month colder air returned across the area preceding a period of rain which turned to snow on the afternoon and evening of the 31st. E to NE winds increased and allowed cold air to undercut the milder air which was displaced to the south. Although some snow had fallen on the hills above Teignmouth and Dawlish on the 30th the evening of the 31st saw the first significant snow of the winter.

In terms of statistics:
The average temperature for January was around 6 Celsius, that’s close to the long term average. Most places had multiple mornings with a ground frost, and air frost occurred on between 8 and 12 nights inland and around 2 to 4 nights near the Teign estuary. The long term average number of frost at the Teignmouth Den weather site is 4 nights in January. The mildest day was on the 13th with maximum temperatures around 13 Celsius and the coldest morning was on the 31st when temperatures fell to between minus 2 and minus 4 Celsius in most places although Netherton area managed a low of minus 6 Celsius.
It was a dry month with around 18 days (+/-3) with no measurable rain and rainfall totals ranged from 35 to 55mm which is about half the normal January rainfall. There were around 10 days when 1 mm or more of rain was recorded, the average being 13 days. The wettest day, with around 11 mm, for most of the area was the 31st although the 18th and 26th were also contenders.
Snow or sleet fell on two days 30 and 31st and accumulated on 1 day (31st) which is average for January. At Dawlish 3cm of snow was recorded amounting to 3mm of water equivalent rainfall.
Sunshine was slightly below average, the total recorded at Teignmouth was 59 hours which was about 6 hours below average.


In summary, January 2019 was a good bit drier than normal but with near average temperatures, air frost and snowfall. Ground frosts were probably a little more frequent than average. Sunshine was slightly below average.

When shown * estimates were made using reports from nearby sites in order to calculate missing data. Grass frost estimates use air temp below 4C

Teignmouth Den.
Mean temperature 6.4C (LTA 6.7C). Average Max 8.9C (LTA 9.4C). Highest 12.5C on 13th. Average Min 3.9C (LTA 4C). Lowest -3C on 31st. Air frost 3. (Average 4). Potential *14 ground frosts
Total rain 51.4mm (LTA 95.2mm). 21 dry days, 7 days with 1mm or more (LTA 13). Wettest day 17mm on the 31st 0900 to 1st 0900 hours. 1 day with >= 10mm. No days with >= 20mm.
Total sun *59.1 hours (LTA 64.7 hours).

Dawlish inland.
Average temp 5.8C. Air frost 8 days. Ground frost possible 15* days. Highest 12.9C on 13th. Lowest -3.6C morning of 31st. Total rain 38.1mm includes 3mm snow water equivalent from 3 cm snow on 31st. 19 dry days 9 days with 1mm or more. 0 days 10mm or more. 0 days 20mm or more Wettest day 6.1mm 29th (3mm +3mm water equivalent on 31st).

Dawlish Warren (inland from railway line).
Average temp 5.9C. Air frost 8 days. Ground frost possible 19* days. Highest 13.0C on 13th. Lowest -3.6C morning of 31st. Total rain 43.2mm. 18 dry days 9 days with 1mm or more. 1 day 10mm or more. 0 days 20mm or more Wettest day 10.4mm 31st.

Teignmouth Inland.
Average temp 6.1C. Air frost 2 days. Ground frost possible 17* days. Highest 12.4C on 13th. Lowest -2.2C on 31st. Total rain 55.4mm (snow on 31st unknown). 19 dry days. 11days with 1mm or more. 2 days 10mm or more. 0 days with 20mm or more. Wettest 12.2mm on 31st.

Netherton.
Average temp 5.1C. Air frost 12. Ground frost possible 20. Highest 12.2C on 13th. Lowest -5.9 on 31st. Total rain 55.9mm (snow on 31st unknown). 17 dry days. 10 days with 1mm or more. 2 days 10mm or more. 0 days 20mm or more. Wettest 13.7mm on 31st.