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Weather Notes:-
14th/15th January - Severe gales over Scotland, particularly the Forth/Clyde Valley, resulted in structural damage and loss of life. Gusts close to 100kn occurred in the Western Isles.
5th February - Heavy snow in the West Midlands with up to 45cm of lying snow on the higher parts of Staffordshire.
1st/2nd July - Severe thunderstorms after a short-lived heatwave. More than 180mm of rain fell in the Isle of Man with hailstones larger than plums in the Cardiff area.
14th/15th September - Persistent, heavy thundery rain affected a swathe of southeast England from the north of West Sussex , through much of Surrey and south London to areas of Essex and Kent bordering the Thames Estuary. Over 125mm of rain well quite widely with over 200mm recorded at Tilbury (Essex).
 
In London...
 Temperature10.5°C  Rainfall711.0 mm  Warmest 32.2°C
 Sunshine1331 hrs   Coldest -4.7°C


January Rather mild with above average rainfall, and below normal sunshine. 
 Mean Temperature  5.0°C  
 Monthly Highest 12.1°C  Total Rain 58 mm
 Monthly Lowest -5.2°C Total Sun 43 hrs

Most of the first fortnight of the year was cold and changeable. Snow preceded rain on the 1st,  and several cm. of snow fell on the 9th. On the following night the temperature fell to minus 5°C. During the 13th, temperatures rose rapidly and on the 14th the high was 12°C. The weather then remained mild and unsettled until the 18th, then,  after a short rather cold, drier and misty interlude, the last week brought a little rain, but also with lengthy sunny periods.
 
February - Cold and dry with above average sunshine.
 Mean Temperature  3.4°C  
 Monthly Highest  8.6°C  Total Rain 24 mm
 Monthly Lowest -4.1°C Total Sun 68 hrs

There were sunshine and a few showers early in the month, but after 8mm of rain late on the 4th, the weather then became cyclonic for a while. However, amounts of rain were small, and temperatures during the first 2 weeks were near normal. During the third week, high pressure brought plenty of dry,  sunny, rather cold and frosty weather, but this was followed by drizzly snow with highs only around 3°C. The end of the month was mainly sunny with frosty nights. 

March - Mild, dry and sunny.
 Mean Temperature  7.6°C  
 Monthly Highest 20.7°C  Total Rain  23 mm
 Monthly Lowest -0.2°C Total Sun 144 hrs
 
The month begun dull and cold with maxima on the first 2 days only around 3°C. Easterly winds then gave way to westerlies, and it became milder and sunnier. Pressure was fairly high until mid month with rather cold northerlies alternating with milder westerlies. There was occasional light rain but also plenty of dry, bright weather. It then became mild, windy and changeable, but the last week was warmer, and on the 28th the temperature almost reached 21°C. 

April - Sunny and rather wet with temperature above normal.
 Mean Temperature  9.4°C  
 Monthly Highest 23.2°C  Total Rain  56 mm
 Monthly Lowest -1.7°C Total Sun 186 hrs

After a mild day on the 1st,  the overnight temperature only fell to 9°C. However, during the morning of the 2nd the southwest wind turned northerly and at lunchtime it was snowing steadily with a temperature of 0°C. There was then plenty of dry weather, and although cold at first it became milder as winds veered southeasterly. After mid month, it became unsettled, but it stayed mostly warm. On the  21st the high was 23°C, but the last 2 days of April were cool and showery. 
 
May - Dull, cool and rather wet. 
 Mean Temperature 11.3°C  
 Monthly Highest 22.3°C  Total Rain  64 mm
 Monthly Lowest  3.2°C Total Sun 167 hrs

The opening 3 weeks of May were mostly cool and unsettled with showers, or some longer spells of rain, but also some bright spells. On the 7th the temperature failed to rise above 9°C., and on several days afternoon highs were only between 10 and 12°C. During the last week of May, temperatures rose to near, or even slightly above, normal and there were several dry days with sunny periods. On the last day of the month the maximum temperature reached 22°C. 
   
June - Dull and rather warm with near average rainfall. 
 Mean Temperature 16.2°C  
 Monthly Highest 26.8°C  Total Rain  52 mm
 Monthly Lowest  8.1°C Total Sun 166 hrs

The opening 2 days of the month were warm with sunny periods, but the rest of the first week became unsettled and generally rather cool. High pressure built across the country during the early part of the second week and it was mainly dry, sunny and fairly warm until the 15th. It then became unsettled, and sometimes rather cool, althoughl the last day of the month became dry, sunny and very warm. On the 30th, the afternoon temperature almost reached 27°C. 
 
July - Dull, rather cool and wet. 
 Mean Temperature 16.7°C  
 Monthly Highest 32.2°C  Total Rain  72 mm
 Monthly Lowest  9.2°C Total Sun 147 hrs

The temperature rose above 32°C. on the first day of the month,  but after a few spots of thundery rain, contaminated by Saharan dust, the 2nd was less hot,  and the 3rd was sunny but cool and fresh. The rest of the first week was dry and rather warm with sunny spells.  It then became unsettled at times, and on the 10th it was cool and wet with 24mm of rain and a high of only 17°C. Cool and cloudy northerly winds developed several times during the rest of July. 

August - Very dull and wet with below average temperatures.
 Mean Temperature 16.6°C  
 Monthly Highest 26.9°C  Total Rain  78 mm
 Monthly Lowest  7.4°C Total Sun 123 hrs

Northeast winds brought mostly and cool weather until the early part of the second week. On the 7th, 14mm of rain fell and the temperature barely reached 16°C. Rather cool, cloudy and changeable westerlies then became established until the end of the third week. After that, high pressure became dominant. The temperature almost reached 27°C. on the 22nd, and there were several fairly warm days before thunderstorms developed on the 27th. 

September - Very wet with below normal sunshine and slightly above average temperatures
 Mean Temperature 15.2°C  
 Monthly Highest 24.3°C  Total Rain 122 mm
 Monthly Lowest  8.0°C Total Sun 135 hrs

After a cool and unsettled start, there were sunnier days at the end of the first week,  with highs above 22°C. from the 7th to the 9th, and above 24°C. on the 10th. It then became somewhat cooler and unsettled again. During the 15th, a slow-moving occluded front lay across Southeast England and this produced periods of heavy, thundery rain. Around 43mm of rain fell with a high of only 14°C. Much of the rest of September was rather cool, windy and changeable.

October - Very mild and dull with rainfall below normal. 
 Mean Temperature 13.7°C  
 Monthly Highest 19.4°C  Total Rain 52 mm
 Monthly Lowest  5.8°C Total Sun 77 hrs

Winds were mostly from between southeast and southwest during this fairly unsettled  October, and although skies were frequently rather cloudy, it was often very mild. Maximum temperatures regularly reached between 17 and 19°C., but there were no particularly warm days, and there were no cold nights. The minimum temperature only fell below 7°C. once. During the fourth week, days were generally dull and misty and it was cooler with highs around 13 or 14°C.

November - Dry and dull with temperatures slightly above normal.
 Mean Temperature  7.5°C  
 Monthly Highest 15.1°C  Total Rain 39 mm
 Monthly Lowest -0.7°C Total Sun 43 hrs

On the 1st, the temperature reached 15°C., but on the following day the wind shifted from south to north, and on the 3rd the maximum was only 8°C. The following 11 days were mostly rather cold with winds from the east or southeast, and  skies were rather cloudy. On the 15th, a strong east wind developed and the high was only 4°C. under cloudy skies. The 16th was just as cold, but then it became milder. The end of November was generally mild and changeable. 

December - Cold, rather wet and dull. 
 Mean Temperature  3.4°C  
 Monthly Highest 10.9°C  Total Rain 71 mm
 Monthly Lowest -4.7°C Total Sun 32 hrs

The first 2 days of the month were fairly mild, but then it became mostly dull, cold and misty. On the 14th, the temperature failed to rise above freezing all day, but after a short period of snow early on the 15th it became milder. It also became very unsettled, and on the 17th nearly 27mm of rain fell. Late on the 24th rain turned to sleet or wet snow and it became bitterly cold with occasional snow giving a light covering.Slightly milder air on the last day produced a thaw.

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