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1961 Rather Warm, Dry and Sunny. Mild early Spring.
In the year that the farthing ceased to be legal currency in Britain, JF Kennedy became President of the United States and the Soviet Cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, became the first man in Space. In the world of music, Elvis Presley spent 6 weeks at Number One in the UK charts with 'Wooden Heart' and the Christmas chart topper was 'Moon River' by Danny Williams.
Weather Notes:-
15th/16th March - The Air Ministry Roof (Central London) had maximum temperatures of 22 and 23°C. respectively.
3rd/4th September - Severe thundersorms over England, with over 60mm of rain, including hail, in Manchester on the 3rd, and nearly 94mm at Sandown (Isle of Wight) overnight on the 3rd/4th.
31st December - Rain on the 30th turned to snow overnight  and further snow during the day accumulated to 10 to 15 cms over much of Southeast England, with over 30cms across parts of  the Midlands.

 
In London...
 Temperature 11.1°C  Rainfall562.9 mm  Warmest 31.7°C
 Sunshine1607 hrs   Coldest -4.5°C


JanuaryRather sunny with above normal temperatutres and rainfall.
 Mean Temperature  4.7°C  
 Monthly Highest 11.4°C  Total Rain 62 mm
 Monthly Lowest -1.6°C Total Sun 53 hrs

The first fortnight of January was unsettled with temperatures close to average. On the 2nd, over 9mm of rain fell, but generally much of the rain was light. Between rain bands there were lengthy spells of sunshine, and during the second week there were some frosty nights.There were a few rather cold days after mid month, especially between the 24th and 26th when some snow fell. The highest temperature on the 26th was only 1.4°C. It then became mild.

February - Very mild and rather wet with slightly above average sunshine.
 Mean Temperature  7.9°C  
 Monthly Highest 15.0°C  Total Rain 55 mm
 Monthly Lowest  2.4°C Total Sun 66 hrs

The opening week of this snow- and frost-free February was unsettled. The maximum temperature on the 3rd was 6.8°C, but at the end of the week it became mild. There was no measurable rain between the 9th and the 23rd, and there were several very mild and sunny days. On the 14th, the temperature reached 15°C. It became less mild for a while around the 22nd, but the end of the month was very mild, windy and wet. On the 27th, nearly 17mm of rain fell. 
  
March - Very dry, sunny and mild.
 Mean Temperature  8.7°C  
 Monthly Highest 20.3°C  Total Rain   4 mm
 Monthly Lowest -0.1°C Total Sun 171 hrs

Light rain fell on the 1st but it was then dry until the 18th. There was plenty of sunshine, and although a slight frost occurred on the night of the 4th/5th, it was mostly mild or very mild. On the 6th, the high was close to 17°C., and from the 15th to 17th maxima were above 19°C., with over 20°C. on the 16th. On the 18th, over 2mm of rain fell, and it was cooler for a while. The highest temperature on the 19th was only 6.7°C. but the last week was mostly mild and sunny.

April - Very dull and mild with above average rainfall.
 Mean Temperature 11.0°C  
 Monthly Highest 17.6°C  Total Rain  52 mm
 Monthly Lowest  4.4°C Total Sun 102 hrs

After a mild start to the month, the 3rd was a rather cold and wet day. The maximum temperature was only 9.1°C. with nearly 8mm of rain falling. It then became much milder and sunny. On the 6th, the maximum temperature was close to 17°C., and for the remainder of the month daily highs were mostly between 15 and 17°C. On the 18th, the afternoon high was closer to 18°C. There were a few sunny days, but generally it was cloudy, often with drizzly rain falling.

May - Dry and rather sunny with below average temperatures.
 Mean Temperature 12.0°C  
 Monthly Highest 23.1°C  Total Rain  24 mm
 Monthly Lowest  3.3°C Total Sun 233 hrs

The first 6 days of  May were changeable with temperatures close to average. On the 4th, nearly 15mm of rain fell. Between the 7th and 26th no measurable rain fell, and although rather cool at first, from the 11th to the 13th it was fairly warm and sunny. On the 13th, the temperature exceeded 23°C. It then became cooler and cloudier as northeasterly winds developed. On the 27th, the maximum temperature was only 12.2°C., in a cool, and unsettled end to May.

June - Rather dry and sunny with above average temperatures.
 Mean Temperature 16.1°C  
 Monthly Highest 29.3°C  Total Rain  35 mm
 Monthly Lowest  7.2°C Total Sun 241 hrs

The 1st of June was  wet with a high of only 10.3°C., but at the end of the first week  temperatures were in the low 20s. There was some rather cool and changeable weather during the second week, and on the 12th, nearly 24mm of rain fell. Temperatures rose at the end of the third week and for the rest of the month there was plenty of dry and sunny weather. On both the 24th and 25th highs were close to 27°C., with an afternoon temperature exceeding 29°C. on the 30th.

July - Dry and rather cool with near normal sunshine.
 Mean Temperature 17.0°C  
 Monthly Highest 31.7°C  Total Rain  30 mm
 Monthly Lowest  8.9°C Total Sun 203 hrs

The month began sunny and hot. The temperature on the 1st almost reached 32°C. Rain fell on the following day with temperatures close to average. Although there were some rather warm and sunny days during the first fortnight, it  became cooler and fairly unsettled. On the 12th, nearly 7mm of rain fell, and on the 16th, the temperature only reached 15.7°C. The weather improved towards the end of July, and on both the 25th and 26th the temperature reached 25°C.

August - Rather dull with slightly below average temperatures and near normal rainfall.
 Mean Temperature 17.0°C  
 Monthly Highest 30.3°C  Total Rain  58 mm
 Monthly Lowest  9.8°C Total Sun 167 hrs

There was plenty of dry weather during the opening 3 weeks of August, and there were sunny spells. However, there were no warm days, and several rather cool afternoons. On both the 11th and 14th, the temperature failed to rise above 17.8°C. On the 24th, over 15mm of rain was recorded, but it then became mainly dry and sunny as high pressure built across the country. Temperatures reached the low to mid 20s, and on the 29th the maximum was over 30°C.  

September - Warm with above average rainfall and below normal sunshine.
 Mean Temperature 16.2°C  
 Monthly Highest 26.9°C  Total Rain  54 mm
 Monthly Lowest  8.1°C Total Sun 130 hrs

The beginning of September was very warm and sunny. The temperature on the 2nd almost reached 27°C. The 3rd was a warm and thundery day but it then became cooler. The temperature on the 6th only reached 15.4°C., but although the weather became changeable, there were several more  warm days. On the 13th, nearly 15mm of rain fell, but the third week was often dry and sunny with highs between 20 and 24°C., before unsettled weather returned.
 
October - Rather mild and sunny with slightly below average rainfall.
 Mean Temperature 11.7°C  
 Monthly Highest 20.2°C  Total Rain 53 mm
 Monthly Lowest  2.3°C Total Sun 63 hrs

The weather was changeable during the first half of October, and although the 2nd was a sunny day, there were generally large amounts of cloud. It was often rather warm, especially during the second week, and on the 10th the maximum temperature was above 20°C. Several cool days occurred during the third week, and on the 19th the maximum temperature was only 9.7°C.  The last 10 days of the month were unsettled, and on 24th over 10mm of rain fell.

November - Rather dry and sunny with below average temperatures.
 Mean Temperature  7.0°C  
 Monthly Highest 15.1°C  Total Rain 46 mm
 Monthly Lowest -1.2°C Total Sun 63 hrs

The early part of November was rather cloudy and mild, although the 4th was a sunny day . The temperature on the 1st reached 15°C. At the end of the first week it became rather cold, mostly dry and often misty. There was plenty of dry and bright weather until the last week of the month, although the 10th was a wet day with over 14mm of rain falling. On the 24th, fog was slow to lift after an early frost, and on the 28th the maximum temperature was only 5.8°C.

December - Sunny, wet and rather cold.
 Mean Temperature  4.0°C  
 Monthly Highest 14.1°C  Total Rain 87 mm
 Monthly Lowest -4.5°C Total Sun 54 hrs

The first week of December was often rather cold and sunny with frosty nights, but with milder, wet interludes. There were some very mild days during the second week, and on both the 11th and 12th, the temperature exceeded 14°C. The third week was mainly cold with fog and frost. There were some cold and sunny days around Christmas, On the 28th, the temperature only reached minus 0.4°C., and on the 31st it snowed all day giving a water equivalent of 18mm.

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