With the cold weekend we’ve just had, warm summer evenings seem a distant memory, but the island’s Met Office has confirmed it was the second warmest September on record.

The mean temperature for the month measured 15.3°C compared to the long term mean of 13.9° making it the second warmest on record (records which go back to 1947). Only September 2006 was warmer with a mean temperature of 15.4°C.

The highest temperature last month was 25.1°C on September 8, only beaten once in September, 30 years ago on September 2 1991, which saw a max. of 26.5°C.

Rainfall only totalled 46.5mm, two thirds of normal, mainly attributed to the dry start to the month. The wettest day was September 27 with 11.8mm at Ronaldsway.

There were 133 hours of bright sunshine, a little below the September mean of 142.6 hours. 

The light winds continued for much of the month with a mean speed of 10.8mph, the lowest for September since 2014. The highest gust of 47mph was recorded on the last day of the month.

Fog was observed at Ronaldsway on three days but there was no hail or thunder during the month.

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