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In the year that SKY Television was launched in Europe, a Fatwa was issued against Salman Rushdie by the Ayatollah Khomeini for his book 'The Satanic Verses', and the Berlin Wall was torn down as Communism collapsed in Europe. In the world of music, Black Box with 'Ride on Time' was the best selling single of the year and spent 6 weeks on top of the hit parade charts.
Weather Notes:-
13th February - Gust of 123kn was recorded on the lighthouse at Kinnaird Head, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire.
25th February - Unusually deep depression with a central pressure under 950mb moved east across southern England.
19th May - Severe, very localised, thunderstorms at Calderdale (West Yorkshire) produced 193mm of rain in 3 hours.

In London...
 Temperature12.1°C  Rainfall534.0 mm  Warmest 34.2°C
 Sunshine1894 hrs   Coldest -5.6°C

January - Dry and mild with above average sunshine.
 Mean Temperature  6.3 °C  
 Monthly highest 12.4°C  Total Rain 26 mm
 Monthly Lowest -4.5°C Total Sun 59 hrs

The maximum temperature on the 3rd was under 6°C., but there were no other days during the first half of the month with highs below 8°C. The weather was changeable during the first 3 weeks, but pressure was high and amounts of rain were small. After the 21st, no further rain fell except for a wet day on the 28th that gave 5mm of rain. On the 25th, the temperature failed to reach 5°C., and in this snow-free month there were 13 days with highs of 10°C., or more.

February - Very mild and sunny with above average rainfall.
 Mean Temperature  6.4 °C  
 Monthly highest 15.0°C  Total Rain 40 mm
 Monthly Lowest -2.1°C Total Sun 94 hrs

Less than 0.5mm of rain fell during the first 12 days of February, and although a couple of slight frosts occurred it was mostly mild after a chilly start. On the 1st, the high was only just above 4°C, but on the 6th, the temperature reached 15°C. At the end of the second week the weather became unsettled, and during the last week of the month it was very cyclonic. Over 9mm of rain fell on the 25th, including a little wet snow early on the 26th, but it generally stayed mild.

March - Very mild and rather wet with below average sunshine.
 Mean Temperature  8.7 °C  
 Monthly highest 18.8°C  Total Rain 57 mm
 Monthly Lowest -4.0°C Total Sun 100 hrs

The first  24 days of March were changeable, and around the middle of the month there was some heavy rain. On both the 16th and 20th over 10mm of rain, including sleet, was recorded. There were only 6 days when the temperature failed to reach 10°C., and on the 16th the high was under 7°C. On the morning of the 18th, there was a sharp frost, 1 of only 2 frosts during the month. No measurable rain fell during the last week, with several highs close to 19°C. 

April - Cold and wet with sunshine close to normal.
 Mean Temperature  7.9 °C  
 Monthly highest 14.9°C  Total Rain 64 mm
 Monthly Lowest -0.2°C Total Sun 145 hrs

In this very unsettled month there were only 5 completely dry days, all of which occurred during the first 3 weeks. There was some heavy rain at imes, and on the 5th there was 1cm of lying snow during the morning with a maximum temperature for the day of only 4°C. There were other cold days during the first week, and on the 24th the high was only just over 6°C. There were no warm days during April but on the 1st,,9th,12th,15th,28th and 30th the high was above 14°C.

May - Exceptionally sunny, very warm and dry.
 Mean Temperature 15.5 °C  
 Monthly highest 29.4°C  Total Rain 12 mm
 Monthly Lowest  4.5°C Total Sun 310 hrs

Measurable rain only fell on 2 days during May, Firstly in the form of showers on the 12th, when the maximum temperature was only 14°C., and secondly as a result of a huge thunderstorm on the 24th. The centre of the storm was west of London but 11mm of rain fell during the late afternoon and evening. There were 17 days when the maximum temperature was above 20°C., and on both the 23rd and 24th there were highs above 28°C. 

June - Dry, warm and sunny.
 Mean Temperature 16.8 °C  
 Monthly highest 30.2°C  Total Rain 35 mm
 Monthly Lowest  4.9°C Total Sun 259 hrs

The first 9 days of June were changeable and cool. On the 5th and 6th a total of nearly 20mm of rain fell, and on the 6th, the maximum temperature was only 12°C. From the 9th until to the 25th there was no measurable rain, and from the 10th to the 26th there was only 1 day when the maximum temperature was below 20°C. During this period, the high reached 25°C. on 10 days, with 30°C exceeded on the 20th. The end of June was rather cool and unsettled.

July - Very warm, sunny and rather dry.
 Mean Temperature 20.3 °C  
 Monthly highest 34.2°C  Total Rain 37 mm
 Monthly Lowest 10.6°C Total Sun 275 hrs

Rain fell on the 1st, and thunderstorms occurred on the 7th and 8th, but the first 3 weeks of July were largely dry. The 9th was dull with light rain, but generally it was dry, sunny and warm. It became hot at the end of the third week, and on 3 consecutive days, the 21st, 22nd and 23rd, the temperature exceeded 31°C., with 34°C reached on the 22nd. It stayed very warm until the 29th, but the last 2 days of the month were cool and unsettled with highs below 20°C.

August - Very sunny and warm with near normal rainfall.
 Mean Temperature 18.6 °C  
 Monthly highest 29.3°C  Total Rain 56 mm
 Monthly Lowest  8.5°C Total Sun 267 hrs

No rain fell during the opening 8 days of August and the maximum temperature was above 25°C. on each day from the 3rd until the 9th. It then become less warm and thundery for a week. Thunderstorms on the night of the 13th/14th produced over 21mm of rain. Between the 18th and 24th it was dry and mainly sunny. It was warm or very warm, and on the 20th, the temperature rose above 29°C. During the last week of August it was cooler and rather unsettled.

September - Very dry and warm with below average sunshine.
 Mean Temperature 16.7 °C  
 Monthly highest 26.7°C  Total Rain 11 mm
 Monthly Lowest  7.8°C Total Sun 131 hrs

The beginning of September was dry and warm, and on both the 6th and 7th afternoon temperatures rose above 26°C. The first rain of the month fell on the 8th and it remained changeable until mid month. The temperature barely rose above 16°C. on the 14th, but overall it stayed warm. After mid month, there was little in the way of rain, and although rather cloudy at times, temperatures mostly stayed above normal. On the 21st, the afternoon high was close to 26°C.

October - Mild with below average rainfall and above normal sunshine.
 Mean Temperature 13.4 °C  
 Monthly highest 20.9°C  Total Rain 53 mm
 Monthly Lowest  4.7°C Total Sun 113 hrs

A quiet, anticyclonic start to the month, was followed by occasional rain from the end of the second week, although much of the third week was dry. On the 5th, the temperature almost reached 21°C., but several cooler days followed and the high on the 7th was only 13°C. The 17th was a rare cloudless day and the temperature rose above 20°C., but from the 19th until the end of the month, although mild, it was often dull and wet, with only 2 completely dry days. 

November - Very sunny, dry and rather mild.
 Mean Temperature  7.3 °C  
 Monthly highest 16.2°C  Total Rain 24 mm
 Monthly Lowest -5.6°C Total Sun 107 hrs

The first 3 weeks of November were mostly mild and frost-free with only 2 days when the maximum temperature was under 10°C. On the 12th, the high was above 16°C. Occasional rain fell during the opening 10 days of the month, but only around 1mm of rain fell during the following 3 weeks. From the 23rd until the end of the month it was frequently sunny but with frosty nights. On the 26th the low was close to minus 6°C, with a high on the 28th under 4°C. 

December - Mild, dull and wet.
 Mean Temperature  6.8 °C  
 Monthly highest 14.5°C  Total Rain 119 mm
 Monthly Lowest -1.8°C Total Sun  34 hrs

No significant rain occurred during the first 10 days of December and temperatures were mostly close to average. However, after a frost on the first morning, 1 of only 2 air frosts during the month, the temperature during the day failed to rise above 3°C. From the 11th to the 24th it was very wet, thunderstorms occurred on 3 days, and on the 20th over 27mm of rain fell. It was mild or very mild, with highs close to 14°C on both the 20th and 21st.

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