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1994 An Average Year, but a Cool and Wet Spring
In the year that the Rwandan Genocide occurred after the plane carrying the Presidents of both Rwanda and Burundi was shot down, Nelson Mandela became the first black President of South Africa, and the Channel Tunnel for rail traffic opened between France and England. In the music world, Wet, Wet, Wet spent 15 weeks at number one in the UK charts with a remake of the old Troggs hit 'Love is all around'.
Weather Notes:-
7th January - Hitchin (Hertfordshire) had over 15cm of lying snow in the morning.
24th July - Severe thunderstorms over the Midlands and Lincolnshire with hailstones  15 mm across in places.
31st August - Over 140mm of rain fell at Bungay (Suffolk).
10th December - Loch Sloy (Highland) had over 170 millimetres of rain. 

In London...
 Temperature11.5°C  Rainfall645.0 mm  Warmest 31.9°C
 Sunshine1672 hrs   Coldest -5.0°C

JanuaryRather mild and wet, but sunny. 
 Mean Temperature  6.2°C  
 Monthly highest 13.2°C  Total Rain 82 mm
 Monthly Lowest -3.8°C Total Sun 73 hrs

The first  fortnight of the year was very changeable with mild, or very mild,  and damp weather regularly alternating with rather cold , or cold, but often sunny, conditions. There were 3 occasions in the first 9 days when rainfall exceeded 10mm, and on the 9th over 15mm of rain fell. Snow fell late on the 6th, lying to a depth of 1cm by the following morning. After mid month there was little change, although pressure was generally higher and rain lighter. The temperature fluctuations continued with a high of only 4.2°C. on the 17th, but a maximum of 13.2°C. on the 25th. 

February - Rather cold with sunshine a little above average and  rainfall close to normal.
 Mean Temperature 4.5 °C  
 Monthly highest 12.6°C  Total Rain 42 mm
 Monthly Lowest -5.0°C Total Sun 72 hrs

The opening 12 days of the month were changeable but mostly mild, although some frosts occurred overnight. A cold snap, commencing on 13th, brought some snow, this measuring 5cm in depth on the morning of the 15th. On the 14th, the maximum temperature was only minus 0.3°C.,  but values rose to near, or a little above, normal on the 16th, before more cold weather brought a little snow on the 21st and 22nd. The month had a very mild end with a maximum temperature of 12.6°C.on the 27th.
  
March - Rather mild and sunny with near normal rainfall.
 Mean Temperature 8.8 °C  
 Monthly highest 17.3°C  Total Rain 43 mm
 Monthly Lowest -0.2°C Total Sun 126 hrs

On the 1st,  the maximum temperature was only 7.5°C, but maxima on every other dayof the month were above 10°C.  However, the high was only above 14°C. on 3 occasions, with the temperature reaching 17.3°C. on the 30th. There were only 2 slight frosts and no snow was reported. Rain, although falling regularly, was mostly fairly light, with no falls exceeding 7mm, and there were several sunny days. 

April - Rather sunny and wet with temperatures close to average.
 Mean Temperature 9.1 °C  
 Monthly highest 22.7°C  Total Rain 60 mm
 Monthly Lowest -0.1°C Total Sun 175 hrs
 
The first 10 days of the month were very showery with thunder on 4 days, hail on 7 days and sleet or snow on 3 days. It was cool,  and temperatures remained depressed until the 21st. Only 1 slight frost occurred, but the maximum on the 15th was only 7.0°C. The last 9 days of April were mostly rather warm or warm, and on the 29th the temperature peaked at 22.7°C. The last day of the month was sunny..
  
May - Rather cool, dull and wet.
 Mean Temperature 11.9 °C  
 Monthly highest 21.1°C  Total Rain 81 mm
 Monthly Lowest 2.2°C Total Sun 158 hrs
 
There were large fluctuations of temperature during May, Maxima were only above 20°C on 3 days, twice around the middle of the month, and also on the 31st when the temperature climbed to 21.1°C. There were several cool or very cool days, and on the 17th the temperature failed to rise above 8.9°C. The first 3 days of the month were dry, but the following 3 weeks were wet at times. Rainfall exceeded 10mm on 4 occasions, with nearly 16mm of rain falling on the 21st.  From the 27th until the end of the month it was mostly dry with plenty of sunshine.
 
June - Dry and sunny with temperatures a little above normal.
 Mean Temperature 16.0 °C  
 Monthly highest 28.5°C  Total Rain 22 mm
 Monthly Lowest 5.6°C Total Sun 265 hrs

The temperature rose to 25.1°C on the sunny first day of the month, but most of the opening 10 days of June were rather cloudy, cool and damp. On the 4th, it rained for much of the day and the temperature failed to rise above 12.8°C.  No measurable rain fell between the 9 th and 19th, and days were mainly sunny. It became rather warm or warm, although it cooled down towards the end of the third week. On the 24th, thunderstorms followed the warmest day of the month with a maximum temperature near 28.5°C., but no further rain fell during June.
  
July - Very warm, dry and sunny.
 Mean Temperature 20.1 °C  
 Monthly highest 31.9°C  Total Rain 17 mm
 Monthly Lowest 10.8°C Total Sun 267 hrs

There were only 2 occasions when the maximum temperature was under 20°C. during July, the 8th and 28th with highs of 18.3°C. and 19.4°C. respectively. There were 3 hot days with maxima over 30°C., the 12th, 24th and 30th. Thunderstorms followed the high maximum, 31.9°C. on the 12th, the only break in a dry spell that lasted from the 9th to the 26th. Although rain fell at times on the last few days of the month, temperatures remained warm or very warm, and it became humid. 
 
August Sunshine slightly above normal, temperatures and rainfall close to average.
 Mean Temperature 17.9 °C  
 Monthly highest 29.7°C  Total Rain 54 mm
 Monthly Lowest 7.0°C Total Sun 181 hrs

It was rather warm or warm during the first 9 days of August, and on the 3rd the temperature rose to 29.7°C. There was some thundery rain early in the month but amounts were fairly small. On the 10th and 11th it was cool with thunderstorms and over 35mm fell in the 24 hours ending at 7 pm on the 11th. Tthe maximum temperature on the 11th was only just 17.3°C.  After the storms, temperatures for the rest of the month were not too far from normal, and although there was further rain, most of it was light,  and there were several dry days with sunny periods.

September - Cool and dull with rainfall a little below normal. 
 Mean Temperature 14.1 °C  
 Monthly highest 21.8°C  Total Rain 52 mm
 Monthly Lowest 4.5°C Total Sun 110 hrs

Temperatures only exceeded 20°C. on  4 occasions during September, all of these during the first week. On the 2nd, the maximum was 21.8°C. During the second week, although temperatures were not far from normal, there was some heavy rain with hail observed on 1 day,  and thunder heard on 4 others. On the 15th, over 13mm of rain fell and the temperature failed to lift above 11.6°C. After mid month, rain was generally lighter , but skies remained rather cloudy with temperatures struggling to reach average.   

October - Sunny, but rather cool and wet.
 Mean Temperature 11.2 °C  
 Monthly highest 19.4°C  Total Rain 83 mm
 Monthly Lowest 0.1°C Total Sun 141 hrs

After a mild and damp start to the month, it became decidedly cool on the 3rd. Despite a day of sunshine the maximum temperature on the 4th was only 11.4°C. Apart from a little wet fog on the 15th, no measurable rain fell between the 4th and the 18th. It became pleasantly warm for a while with the temperature on the 10th reaching 19.4°C. From the 19th to the end of the month temperatures were near, or rather below, normal, and it was very changeable and often wet. On 2 days, the 24th and 30th, rainfall exceeded 15mm.  

November - Very mild and dry, but dull.
 Mean Temperature 11.0 °C  
 Monthly highest 18.2°C  Total Rain 41 mm
 Monthly Lowest 1.3°C Total Sun 43 hrs

Maximum temperatures were 14 or 15°C  on 50% of the days during November, but on the 3rd the temperature rose to 18.2°C.  There were no cold days, although on the last 2 days of the month the maxima dropped below 10°C. No frost or snow occurred in this dull month, and the first 18 days were wet. On the 4th, nearly 18mm of rain fell, but after the 18th there was less than 0.5 mm. 

December - Sunny, mild and rather wet.
 Mean Temperature 7.1 °C  
 Monthly highest 14.8°C  Total Rain 69 mm
 Monthly Lowest -3.9°C Total Sun 61 hrs

There were many very mild days during this December with 10 days having maxima above 12°C., and 4 days with highs above14°C., On each of the 3 days, 10th, 11th and 12th the highs were just under 15°C. The first air frost of the winter occurred on the night of the 14th/15th when the temperature dipped to minus 3.9°C. On both the 23rd and 24th mist and fog occurred and temperatures remained below freezing all day. Otherwise, there were no maxima below 6°C. No snow occurred during the month, but rain occurred frequently, and although much of it was light, nearly 17mm fell on the 8th.

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