Weather & Tide

Weather outlook for December

December can be the coldest month of the year. Early in the month a cold spell will seldom persist for more than one or two weeks but cold weather arriving at the end of December can be the start of a long hard winter. Expect little sunshine, and frequent rain and gales. At times of high pressure fog and frost is to be expected. Occasionally south westerly winds bring showers and sunny spells. More often westerly winds bring heavy rain and hailstorms. Squally north east winds will bring freezing conditions that last all day. Sometimes gentle southerly winds will bring low cloud and heavy rain.

Anticipated (Average) Rainfall

October 86 mm
November 97 mm
December 103 mm


Meteorological autumn began on the 1st September. For record keeping and forecasting purposes it is easier to simply divide the year into four periods of three months.

Astronomical autumn is dictated by the tilt of the earth's axis in relation to the sun and the changing length of the day. Astronomical autumn began at the autumnal equinox on Monday 23rd September 2019 when the length of the day was equal to the length of night. The most marked regular feature of autumn is the changing colour of leaves as the days become too short to support effective photosynthesis. Deciduous plants begin to shed their leaves but some trees, particularly oaks and beeches, exhibit a behavior known as "marcescence" whereby dead leaves are not shed in the autumn and remain on the tree until blown off by the weather or shed as new growth begins in the spring.


While meteorologists in the northern hemisphere define winter as the 3 months of December, January and February, the astronomical winter will not begin until the Winter Solstice on the 22nd December 2019. The solstice marks the shortest day, and longest night, of the year and is the time of year when the sun is at its lowest in the sky during the day.

BBC detailed weather forecast

Please click HERE to go to the BBC forecast webpage for Stockland for the days ahead

River Levels & Flooding

There is one river level monitoring station within the catchments of Stockland Parish and that is located on the river Yarty at Court Place Farm. Current river level at that station.
Minor flooding is expected when the level exceeds 0.8 of a metre.

For current flood warnings nationally and a detailed map of the location and extent of expected flooding see the Government Flood Warning Service webpage. Zoom in to see the outline of the potential flooding.

Learn more about long term flood risks using this Government Flood Risk Information

Sky Watching - Meteor Showers in 2019/20

The best time to see anything in the night sky is when the sky is darkest and when the target is at its highest position in the sky. For meteor showers, this usually occurs between midnight and 5.30 am.
Here are the dates when the showers will peak in our area:
Draconids 8th - 9th October 2019
Orionids 21st - 22nd October 2019
Leonids 17th - 18th November 2019
Geminids 14th - 15th December 2019
Ursids 22nd - 23rd December 2019
Quadrantids 3rd - 4th January 2020
Lyrids 21st - 22nd April 2020
Eta Aquarids 5th - 6th May 2020


For a free JETSTREAM FORECAST see;sess=
For FLOOD WARNINGS during periods of wet weather
For a RAINFALL RADAR MAP of England updated every 15 minutes try and enter your postcode (left hand side of page) to zoom in on your area
For a 7 DAY TIDE CHART for Lyme Regis try
For the latest prediction of a visible AURORA BOREALIS see the Met Office OVATION model at The Met Office site does contain advertising.

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