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In the year that a Pan American jumbo jet was destoyed by a bomb over Lockerbie in Scotland, the Pakistan President Zia-Ul-Haq was killed in a plane crash in Pakistan and the Iran/Iraq War ended after a suspected loss of over 1 million lives. In the world of music, Yazz and the Plastic Population and Kylie Minogue were chart toppers in the UK for 5 weeks each.
Weather Notes:-
17th January - Widespread fog over southern England led to much disruption of transport. The maximum temperature at both Northolt (Greater London) and Stansted (Essex) was only 2°C.
4th March - There were several days with snow falling during early March. particularly over eastern Britain. The maximum temperature was 0°C in Shetland, and 3°C. across much of East Anglia.
19th October - Severe thunderstorm in Liverpool area late afternoon and early evening produced over 50mm of rain in Sefton Park and at Knotty Ash,  and more than 80mm at Crosby.

In London...
 Temperature10.8°C  Rainfall551.0 mm  Warmest 28.2°C
 Sunshine1505 hrs   Coldest -4.7°C

JanuaryVery wet and mild with sunshine close to average.
 Mean Temperature  6.2 °C  
 Monthly highest 13.2°C  Total Rain 107 mm
 Monthly Lowest -2.3°C Total Sun 55 hrs

The first fortnight of the year was unsettled, mild or very mild and often windy. Over 10mm of rain fell on the 5th. Around mid month a quieter interlude occurred with fog and frost. On the 15th, the maximum temperature was only 5°C. with fog lingering into the afternoon. Changeable weather returned during the third week, and on both the 27th and 28th over 10mm of rain fell. However, there were several fairly sunny days, followed by frosty nights.

February - Sunny, rather dry and mild.
 Mean Temperature  5.3 °C  
 Monthly highest 14.5°C  Total Rain 26 mm
 Monthly Lowest -1.9°C Total Sun 116 hrs

The first week was changeable and windy as vigorous Atlantic depressions moved northeast near northern Britain. During the second week, pressure rose and after mid month less than 3mm of rain fell. On the 15th, it was sunny  and the temperature rose to 14.5°C.  From the 23rd, winds were mostly northerly and there were wintery showers, with a longer spell of snow on the 25th. On the 26th and 29th the temperature failed to rise above 5°C.


March - Mild, rather dull and wet.
 Mean Temperature  7.2 °C  
 Monthly highest 14.2°C  Total Rain 60 mm
 Monthly Lowest -4.0°C Total Sun 88 hrs

The first week was mostly changeable and cold. On the 4th, the maximum temperature was under 6°C, snow showers fell,  and on the following night the minimum was minus 4.0°C.  There were no completely dry days after the 10th, and although much of the rain was light, skies were often rather cloudy. Nevertheless, there were some bright and mild days, and on both the 21st and 24th the temperature reached 14°C.

April - Dry, temperatures slightly above normal and with average sunshine.
 Mean Temperature  9.3 °C  
 Monthly highest 18.9°C  Total Rain 28 mm
 Monthly Lowest -2.2°C Total Sun 146 hrs

High pressure brought settled weather through most of the first fortnight  but with variable temperatures and cloud cover. The exception to the dry weather was on the 9th when 4mm of rain fell, along with a little sleet and snow,  and with a maximum temperature under 7°C. On the 11th, the temperature rose close to 17°C. In an unsettled third week, the high was near 19°C on the 18th  with evening thunderstorms. It then became cooler but mainly dry.

May - Warm with below average rainfall and above normal sunshine.
 Mean Temperature 13.6 °C  
 Monthly highest 23.9°C  Total Rain 42 mm
 Monthly Lowest  3.2°C Total Sun 202 hrs

The first few days were unsettled and nearly 10mm of rain fell during showers on the 4th. Apart from thunderstorms on the 8th and rain on the 12th, it was mainly dry, and often warm,  from the 5th to the 17th, The temperature rose to 21°C daily from the 13th to 17th, including a high of 23.9°C on the 14th. The high was under 12°C on the 18th, but several more warm and dry days occurred during the last fortnight, although 19mm of rain fell on the 30th.

June - Dull and rather cool with below average rainfall.
 Mean Temperature 15.0 °C  
 Monthly highest 25.2°C  Total Rain 44 mm
 Monthly Lowest  6.8°C Total Sun 160 hrs

The morning of the 1st was sunny and pleasantly warm, but the first 10 days were largely cool, dull and damp. The maximum temperature on the 9th was only 13°C. No measurable rain fell  from the 11th to the 25th, and although there were a few cool days with persistent cloud, there were also many warm and sunny ones. On the 19th the temperature reached 25.2°C. The last few days were cooler with some rain, although the 30th was warm and thundery.  

July - Cool, wet and rather dull.
 Mean Temperature 16.1 °C  
 Monthly highest 23.0°C  Total Rain 76 mm
 Monthly Lowest  8.6°C Total Sun 162 hrs

The first 2 week were mostly rather cool or cool and showery with thunder and some longer spells of rain. On the 3rd, the temperature failed to rise above 16°C. Pressure was slightly higher during the third week, and although it remained unsettled, lengthier spells of sunshine lifted temperatures to 23°C. on both the 18th and 21st. The 18th and 19th were the only 2 consecutive dry days during July as changeable weather persisted throughout the month.

August - Fairly dry, above normal sunshine, and average temperatures.
 Mean Temperature 16.8 °C  
 Monthly highest 28.2°C  Total Rain 41 mm
 Monthly Lowest  8.0°C Total Sun 195 hrs

The opening 3 weeks of August were mostly warm, and on the 6th and 7th the temperature rose to 28°C. Weak weather fronts brought some rain during the second and third weeks but amounts were trivial, and there was no measurable rain before the 18th. On the 21st, the temperature only reached 16.0°C and then the remainder of the month was unsettled and rather cool. On the 31st, there were thunderstorms and over 28mm of rain. 

September - Dry with temperatures and sunshine close to average.
 Mean Temperature 14.9 °C  
 Monthly highest 26.4°C  Total Rain 37 mm
 Monthly Lowest  2.0°C Total Sun 148 hrs

Heavy rain rain occurred on the 1st, and temperatures at the beginning of the month were near average. However, highs were above 20°C from the 4th to the 10th, and on the 7th the maximum was 26.4°C. No measurable rain fell from the 6th to the 12th,and after a cool interlude on the 13th and 14th, with some rain, there was a week of dry,  and often pleasantly warm,  weather. From the 22nd until the last day of the month it was unsettled, but still fairly warm. 

October - Rather mild with sunshine a little above normal and average rainfall.
 Mean Temperature 11.8 °C  
 Monthly highest 20.1°C  Total Rain 55 mm
 Monthly Lowest -1.2°C Total Sun 110 hrs

Sunny weather prevailed until the 3rd with temperatures reaching 18°C. It was then cooler and unsettled until the end of the second week with some heavy rain. Over 20mm of rain fell on the 8th. A spell of rather cool, dull and misty weather occurred around mid month, but from the middle of the third week until the 28th it was fairly unsettled but mild. On the 19th the maximum temperature was 20.1°C. The last 3 days of the month were rather cold with frosty nights .

November - Dry, sunny and rather cold.
 Mean Temperature  5.7 °C  
 Monthly highest 16.0°C  Total Rain 19 mm
 Monthly Lowest -4.7°C Total Sun 89 hrs

No measurable rain fell from the 26th October until the 8th November, and there were some sharp frosts. On the night of the 4th/5th the low was minus 4.0°C. On the 9th, the temperature reached 16°C, and it stayed fairly mild with several sunny days until the 18th. From the 19th to the 27th it was mostly cold with frosty nights, and on the 20th and 21st there was a little sleet and snow. The high on the 21st was only 4.2°C. It then became milder.

December - Mild, dry and rather dull.
 Mean Temperature  7.7 °C  
 Monthly highest 13.6°C  Total Rain 16 mm
 Monthly Lowest -0.4°C Total Sun 34 hrs

There was a wet start to the month, and in this snow-free month the 2nd was quite cold. The maximum temperature was 3.5°C.  The only 2 air frosts of the month occurred around dawn on the 3rd and 7th before the weather became mostly mild or very mild. Less than 2mm of rain fell after the 4th, but the sky was frequently overcast with occasional light rain or drizzle. The temperature reached 13°C on 4 days during December, peaking at 13,6°C. on the 26th. 

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