Stirling Weather Information
Sunday January, 5 to Saturday January, 11
The first working week of 2020 was wet and windy. A weekly rainfall total of 86.6mm was our highest weekly total since mid-March 2019 with over two inches of rainfall recorded on Friday evening and Saturday. Our maximum wind speed recorded was 47mph on Tuesday 7, our highest of 2020 so far.
Despite a couple of mornings of frost it was in general a mild week with four days reaching double figures and the 12.9ºC recorded on Tuesday 7, is our highest temperature of the winter season.
Maximum Temperature: 12.9ºC Tuesday January, 7
Lowest Temperature: -2.7ºC Friday January 10
Maximum Daily Rainfall: 37.3mm Saturday January, 11
Weekly Rainfall Total: 86.6mm
Maximum Wind Gust: 47mph Tuesday January, 7
The Week Ahead
Similar to last week this week also started off wet and windy with wind speeds around 45mph on Monday. It will remain blustery for most of the week. Wednesday could be a drier day but rain is expected to return on Thursday. Most of the wet weather this week is expected to fall as rain but at lower levels it could turn occasionally to sleet. There are signs that from Friday and into the weekend that more settled conditions will move into the area and with that temperatures would drop to freezing and below.
Earliest Sunrise: 08:30
Latest Sunset: 16:23
Did You know: It’s been a wet past week and the longest period in January we have went without any rainfall was for 6 days during 2017. On January 26, 2016 we recorded our wettest January day with 43.8mm of rainfall with over 9mm falling in just one hour in a month that saw 231mm of rain.
For the local weather news including historical and real-time weather information from Stirling visit www.stirlingweather.co.uk and on social media @stirlingweather and also our weather editor @scottlmclean
Cancel It Please!! - that was the cry from over a thousand runners when we woke up to the relentless rain & wind on Saturday morning.
But how glad are we all now that they didn’t - what fun was had running through lots of mud & puddles getting battered from the rain & wind and then someone threw in some hills - well lots of hills.
Well done to all the runners, organisers & volunteers for their magnificent efforts in such horrible conditions.
Sounds weird & silly but that’s the best fun I’ve had running in many years.
Enjoyable 10K this morning in Glasgow for the annual MoRun.
A time of 43 minutes 40 seconds in tricky underfoot conditions but more importantly a good fundraising day for charity.
It's September and it's a full month of charity fundraising for Prostate Cancer UK.
Starting on the 1st of the month with my commitment of 11,000 steps each day for March the Month and ending by running the Great Scottish Run Half Marathon in Glasgow.
So in one week I will take part in the Stirling marathon, or as its been branded this year the Great Stirling Run. The event is now in its 3rd year and it's a scenic marathon starting and finishing in the City of Stirling while taking in the surrounding rolling countryside to the north of the city, passing through small towns such as Doune, Dunblane and Bridge of Allan where the locals come out in force to support the runners.
Now let me be honest from the beginning, I am no running expert, while I was actively fit playing football at a reasonably competitive youth level up until my late teens, for the next 16-17 years I let myself go, fed up with sport, giving no thought to exercising or what I was eating, I was just being consumed with work and business and as my business developed and grew and I became more office based instead of doing physical work my weight ballooned.
"Our mental health affects the way we think, feel and behave. A mental health problem can feel just as bad, or worse, than any other illness" - SAMH website - www.samh.org.uk
I believe one of the biggest health challenges we currently face in the modern world is also still one of the least talked about and perhaps still thought of as a taboo subject.
Great work has been undertaken in recent years in raising awareness of mental health and the importance of sufferers talking and seeking help but there's still a long way to go before mental health is taken as seriously as a physical health problem.
I, like many others, face challenges each day, week, month and year with coping with my thoughts in everyday family and business life.
On the days that don't go well for me, it affects my mood, my thoughts and my actions. There have been a few serious low points for me over the years but thankfully I have found and invested in methods and tactics that help me cope.
From meditating, journalling, joining groups, to paper exercises such as asking myself a series of questions about my thoughts I have been able to help ease any major issues I could have had.
One of those methods of coping is running - I have found changing my physical state either with running or a brisk walk to be one of my best tactics to help my mind and thoughts.
Unfortunately there are many people affected by mental health - many people in everyday walks of life who from an outside perspective seem happy, seem successful and seem contented with life.
But on the inside they are not coping with their thoughts. They are in a dark place inside and don't know what to do to help ease their troublesome thoughts.
In recent years there has been an increase in awareness regarding mental health but there is a long way to go before, not only at public level but also at government level, mental health issues are deemed as important as a physical health issue.
This year as part of my Stirling Marathon 26.2 mile challenge I would like to raise awareness and would welcome your support in donating to help the Scottish Association of Mental Health and the work they do to help and care for those affected by mental health.
Please consider donating at www.scottmclean.charity
Thank you for your Support
My new podcast is now available where I will discuss business, fitness and family.
Hopefully I will provide some words of wisdom along the way.
The podcast is available to listen and subscribe to on a host of popular platforms including Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
Full details are on my new podcast page.
A brave and inspirational watch as Stephen Fry describes in his own unique way his battle against prostate cancer.
A message for us all not to ignore any signs and also for regular check ups.
Encouraged to hear that his recovery is going well.
Video from www.stephenfry.com
More information at Prostate Cancer UK
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