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1972 Dry and Cool. A Poor Summer, and Dry Autumn
In the year that President Idi Amin expelled 80,000 Asians from Uganda, Margaret the Second became Queen of Denmark and Richard Nixon was re-elected as President of the United States. In the world of music, it was a good year for the Osmond brothers with Donny spending 5 weeks at number One with 'Puppy Love' and Jimmy also topping the chart for 5 weeks with the Christmas hit 'Long Haired Lover from Liverpool'.
Weather Notes:-
31st January - A brief cold snap resulted in a minimum temperature of minus 17°C at Turnhouse (Edinburgh) Airport, with several places in Scotland and eastern England having maxima of minus 5°C., or lower.
1st/2nd August - Severe thunderstorms produced 135mm of rain near Norwich (Norfolk) on the 1st, and 69mm near Dover (Kent) on the 2nd.
18th December - A southerly foehn wind raised the temperature to 18°C at both Aber (Ceridigion) and Cape Wrath (Sutherland). Meanwhile, at Ross-on-Wye (Herefordshire) persistent fog kept the maximum temperature at 3°C.

In London...
 Temperature 9,9°C  Rainfall424.0 mm  Warmest 27.0°C
 Sunshine1495 hrs   Coldest -9.6°C

January Rather dull with temperatures and rainfall close to normal.
 Mean Temperature  4.7°C  
 Monthly highest 10.8°C  Total Rain 54 mm
 Monthly Lowest -9.6°C Total Sun 37 hrs

The first week of January was mostly dull, cold and damp with highs between 4 and 6°C. The second week was unsettled, and 8mm of rain fell on the 11th, but with a maximum temperature near 11°C. The 12th was a rare sunny day. However, the changeable and mostly mild weather continued into the last week. On the 27th, a deep depression in the southern North Sea moved southeast allowing  very cold east winds to develop giving a little snow on the last 3 days. 

February - Dull, rather mild and wet.
 Mean Temperature  5.5°C 
 Monthly highest 11.5°C  Total Rain 46 mm
 Monthly Lowest -4.4°C Total Sun 37 hrs

The maximum temperature was only 3°C. on the 1st as mild Atlantic air slowly displaced the very cold continental air eastwards. There were outbreaks of rain, and during the remainder of the first week, although mild, it was often dull and wet. During the second week, active frontal systems crossed the country bringing strong winds but with sunshine between the rain bands. After mid month, east winds returned, and although not cold, it was frequently dull.

March - Very sunny, rather wet and mild.
 Mean Temperature  7.1°C  
 Monthly highest 19.1°C  Total Rain  50 mm
 Monthly Lowest -3.3°C Total Sun 161 hrs

Early March was very unsettled, and although mostly mild, the high on the 5th was only 4°C and sleet fell as a depression moved eastwards along the English Channel.  During the second week,  cold northeast winds blew, although it was sunny at times. On the 14th, winds veered southeasterly and it became warmer. On the 15th,16th and 19th, the temperature reached 19°C, and it remained pleasantly warm until cooler westerly winds set in on the 26th.

April - Rather dull but with temperatures and rainfall close to normal.
 Mean Temperature  9.0°C  
 Monthly highest 15.5°C  Total Rain  40 mm
 Monthly Lowest -0.4°C Total Sun 133 hrs

The weather was changeable for the opening 2 weeks but it was mild at first, and on 5 of the first 9 days of April the maximum temperature was around 15°C. During the 11th, winds turned northwesterly and it was showery and briefly cooler. However, the high was 15°C again on the 13th and 17th.  After mid month, pressure was high, but despite spells of sunshine,  fresh northeast winds depressed temperatures.The last few days became unsettled again.

May - Cool and dry with sunshine slightly below normal.
 Mean Temperature 11.0°C  
 Monthly highest 19.0°C  Total Rain  25 mm
 Monthly Lowest -0.7°C Total Sun 194 hrs

It was fairly warm and sunny at the beginning of May, and on both the 1st and 3rd the temperature rose to 19°C. It became unsettled at the end of the first week, but there were long sunny periods between rain bands. High pressure developed for a while around mid month, but with winds from the north or northeast it was generally cool. A succession of Atlantic  fronts brought cool, showery, and often windy, weather from the 19th until the end of the month.

June - Very cool, dry and rather dull.
 Mean Temperature 12.6°C  
 Monthly highest 19.9°C  Total Rain  18 mm
 Monthly Lowest  2.8°C Total Sun 180 hrs

The month was changeable, but although there were showers,  and occasional frontal rain, no daily total exceeded 4mm. In this exceptionally cool month, there were several days when the temperature failed to rise above 16°C. On the 9th the high was only 13°C. Not only was it cool, the west to northwest winds were often fresh by day. On the 26th, winds briefly became southeast and the temperature almost reached 20°C before cooler weather returned.
July - Very dry, rather dull and with temperatures slightly below average.
 Mean Temperature 16.7°C  
 Monthly highest 27.0°C  Total Rain  21 mm
 Monthly Lowest  6,3°C Total Sun 163 hrs

The temperature only reached 15°C. on the 2nd, but on the following day the temperature rose above 20°C. for the first time in 1972. Generally, the first 10 days were cool and changeable. On the 11th, pressure rose across the country and a spell of sunny and warm weather commenced. On the 17th, the temperature reached 27°C. but It then became cloudier and thundery for a while. During the last 10 days it became cooler, and eventually very unsettled.

August - Very dry, rather cool with above average sunshine.
 Mean Temperature 16.0°C  
 Monthly highest 24.8°C  Total Rain  11 mm
 Monthly Lowest  5.3°C Total Sun 206 hrs

A rather cool and showery start to the month gave 6mm of rain on the 1st, and there was further light rain until mid month as weak Atlantic  fronts crossed the country. However, there were lengthy sunny spells, and on the 13th and 14th afternoon temperatures were near 25°C. After mid month, high pressure was dominant and rainfall was negligible. Temperatures struggled to reach normal by day and nights were chilly. However, the high was close to 25°C. on the 25th.  

September - Cool, dry and rather dull.
 Mean Temperature 12.2°C  
 Monthly highest 22.6°C  Total Rain  28 mm
 Monthly Lowest  1.1°C Total Sun 128 hrs

The opening week was fairly anticyclonic, but with winds predominantly from the northeast, temperatures were around average at best. On the 8th, it rained all day, but after a few changeable days high pressure dominated again from later in the second week, although it remained rather cloudy and cool. Another wet day occurred on the 18th with 13mm of rain and a  a high of just 13°C, but the rather cool, dry,  and sometimes sunny,  weather then returned.

October - Very dry and rather sunny with above average temperatures.
 Mean Temperature 11.1°C  
 Monthly highest 21.9°C  Total Rain  16 mm
 Monthly Lowest -0.9°C Total Sun 118 hrs

No measurable rain fell during the first 9 days and it was generally pleasantly warm with sunny periods. On the 7th, the temperature rose close to 22°C. On the 10th, nearly 12mm of rain fell, but then high pressure returned although it was cooler. No significant rain fell until the 26th, and although nights were often chilly, there were several rather warm and sunny days. The weather during the last few days of the month was changeable, but with little further rainfall.

November - Sunny with below average temperatures and rainfall.
 Mean Temperature  6.5°C  
 Monthly highest 16.0°C  Total Rain 56 mm
 Monthly Lowest -2.9°C Total Sun 79 hrs

The opening few days of the month were mostly dull but dry. It was mild, and on the 6th, the temperature reached 16°C. The dull conditions cleared behind a cold front that produce 14mm of rain on the 7th. The weather then became changeable, often windy but sunny, and progressively colder. On the 17th, the high was only 5°C. A spell of quiet, weather developed at the beginning of the third week with plenty of sunshine, but the end of the month became unsettled.  

December - Mild and sunny with rainfall close to average.
 Mean Temperature  6.4°C  
 Monthly highest 13.9°C  Total Rain 59 mm
 Monthly Lowest -4.2°C Total Sun 59 hrs

Temperatures rose to 10°C., or higher, on every day during the first week. It was changeable, and often windy, and on the 7th, nearly 15mm of rain fell. It then became slightly cooler for a few days, but on the 13th and 14th, as the windy and unsettled weather continued, the temperature rose close to 14°C. High pressure to the east kept fronts at bay during the third week, and it became rather cold and dull, but milder westerlies returned around Christmas.

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