44th Cerne Abbas Open Gardens 20 & 21 June 2020, 2-6pm
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October 2019 Commentary

October was a very wet and relatively cool month. It has regularly been one of the wettest months of the year here in Cerne Abbas but following on to one of the wettest Septembers, it has left our countryside, our gardens and many of our village footpaths soaked and saturated.

September was relatively mild but October's temperatures decreased at a steady rate and although there were no really cold days or nights, the damp made it feel particularly unpleasant on many occasions. It rained on all but six days of the month and most of these dry days came in the last fortnight.

The average temperature for October was 11.8C which was a drop of over 4 degrees on the previous month and it was over half a degree below the last decade's October average. The total rainfall was 212.7mm (8.5 inches) and well above the average October total of around 125mm or 5inches.

2019 had been a relatively dry year up until July but it has now become a relatively wet one and we don't usually get much let-up in November and December. Each downpour is now causing large puddles to form in many places around the village while the regular accompanying high winds are not allowing the trees to produce much in the way of an autumnal show.

Philip Spray

Sunrise and Sunset

DateSunrise Sunset
1 November7:01 GMT16:46 GMT
1 December7:49 GMT16:08 GMT
1 January8:12 GMT16:15 GMT