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Today is the windiest it has been since I set up the weather station at the beginning of August. Top gust so far is 33kts ( 38mph or 61kph  a near gale) and the average wind has been at Beaufort force 4 (moderate breeze) for quite a lot of the day. Nothing extreme here, but the liveliest yet. The weather station is in the garden – fairly sheltered – so official wind speeds are likely to be higher. This is simply a typical autumn storm as a low pressure area sits on top of us. As well as the wind, this gives the unstable and showery, even thundery, conditions.