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Weather Notes:-
3rd April  - Heavy rain turned to wet snow at Luton and settled to a depth of 7cm.
7th May - Bracknell (Berkshire) had a severe thunderstorm with hail and 66mm of rain in 1 hour.  
12th October - Over 140mm of rain fell in 24 hours at Plumpton (West Sussex) and over 100mm fell in surrounding areas and led to severe flooding of the rivers Uck and Ouse.

In London...
 Temperature11.5°C  Rainfall973.9 mm  Warmest 30.8°C
 Sunshine1324 hrs   Coldest -6.1°C


January Dry and sunny with temperatures close to normal
 Mean Temperature 5.8 °C  
 Monthly highest 13.1°C  Total Rain 23 mm
 Monthly Lowest -5.2°C Total Sun 65 hrs

The first week was mild with sunshine alternating with cloud and rain or drizzle. On the 3rd nearly 11mm of rain fell. From the 9th to the 28th there was plenty of dry weather and any raiin was mostly light. It was generally rather cold and there were several frosty nights. On the night of the 26th/27th the temperature fell below minus 5°C. Each of the last 3 days of the month was very mild and damp with maxima of 13°C, but with rain not significantly adding to the total..
   
February - Very sunny, mild and wet. 
 Mean Temperature 7.3 °C  
 Monthly highest 14.5°C  Total Rain 71 mm
 Monthly Lowest -2.8°C Total Sun 92 hrs

There were no cold days during this changeable month withwinds predominantly from the southwesterly direction. The lowest maximum was just under 8°C. on the 16th. Most highs were in the range 10 to 12°C. but minima were more variable with several frosty nights. No snow fell, and rainfall was well above average, mainly due to 2 wet days, the 1st with nearly 13mm, and the 24th with over 21mm.
 
March - Rather dry with sunshine and  temperatures a little above normal
 Mean Temperature 8.7 °C  
 Monthly highest 16.6°C  Total Rain 26 mm
 Monthly Lowest -0.4°C Total Sun 117 hrs

The opening 3 days were changeable but then high pressure dominated with no further measurable rain until the 23rd. The rest of the month was unsettled but rainfall was generally light. Temperatures exceeded 15°C on 6 occasions during March but generally maxima were close to normal, except for a short cold spell from the 28th to the 30th when highs were around 7 or 8°C.

April - Very wet, dull and rather cold
 Mean Temperature 9.0 °C  
 Monthly highest 18.9°C  Total Rain 126 mm
 Monthly Lowest -1.5°C Total Sun 120 hrs

The first half of this very unsettled month was ofen cold, and on the 4th the high was only 4°C.  However, 4 days later the high was 17°C. On 5 occasions during the first fortnight daily rainfall exceeded 10mm, but amounts were somewhat lower during the second half of the month. Temperatures during the last 2 weeks were mostly above average, and on the 29th the maximum was a fraction short of 19 Celsius.
 
May - Very wet, dull and rather warm. 
 Mean Temperature 13.9 °C  
 Monthly highest 26.7°C  Total Rain 95 mm
 Monthly Lowest 4.2°C Total Sun 166 hrs

Most of the first week was dry, and after a chilly start, the maximum on the 3rd was only 12°C, it became warmer. On the 6th the temperature reached 25°C, and although it cooled for a while during the second week, the temperature exceeded 25°C. on the 13 th, 14th and 15th, peaking at a little under 27°C. on the 15th. Rainfall during the first half of May was mainly light, but the last fortnight of the month was mostly cool and decidedly wet. In the 4-day period from the 24th to the 27th over 51mm of rain fell.
  
June - Very dry, dull and rather warm
 Mean Temperature 16.7 °C  
 Monthly highest 30.8°C  Total Rain 20 mm
 Monthly Lowest 7.9°C Total Sun 154 hrs

The month was changeable but amounts of rain were small with the wettest day only recording 6mm. Between the 10th and the 19th there was no measurable rain. Temperatures were near, or rather below, normal for much of the month, and on the 24th the maximum was under 16°C. However, it was warm or very warm between the 12th and the 19th, with maxima exceeding 30°C. on both the 18th and 19th.
 
July - Cool, dull and wet. 
 Mean Temperature 16.5 °C  
 Monthly highest 25.9°C  Total Rain 51 mm
 Monthly Lowest 7.2°C Total Sun 149 hrs

The first fortnight was  unsettled and generally cool or very cool. On the 11th the temperature struggled to get above 15°C.  After the 13th, measurable rain only fell 1 more time during July,  when showers and thunderstorms produced nearly 5mm on the 28th.  Temperatures recovered somewhat during the second half of July, with values rising above 25°C. on 5 occasions.
      
August - Below average sunshine, and temperatures and rainfall slightly below normal.
 Mean Temperature 18.1 °C  
 Monthly highest 27.0°C  Total Rain 45 mm
 Monthly Lowest 7.5°C Total Sun 163 hrs
 
On the 3rd, thunderstorms with hail produced 20mm of rain and the maximum temperature was only 19° C., this was 1 of only 2 days when the high was under 20°C. Otherwise, there was plenty of dry weather with temperatures on most days close to average, although there were 2 more days with thunder heard. There were only 4 days when the maxima exceeded 25°C., and on both the 12th and 24th the highs were 27°C.
 
September - Very wet, dull and rather warm.
 Mean Temperature 16.2 °C  
 Monthly highest 27.4°C  Total Rain 132 mm
 Monthly Lowest 5.5°C Total Sun 111 hrs

 After a rather cool and unsettled start to the month, it became dry, warm and quite sunny during the second week. On both the 10th and 11th there were highs of 27°C. Thunderstorms occurred on the 15th, and torrential rain produced a total of nearly 59mm.Three more falls above 10mm occurred during September. Temperatures during second part of September were either near, or rather below, normal, although the high on the 23rd was just under 25°C.
  
October - Very wet, dull and near normal temperatures.
 Mean Temperature 11.5 °C  
 Monthly highest 19.3°C  Total Rain 169 mm
 Monthly Lowest 3.9°C Total Sun 72 hrs

Only 3 completely dry days occurred during this October dominated by winds from a southwesterly direction, and there was some very heavy rain. On the 9th, nearly 20mm fell, on the 20th there was over 30mm, but on the 29th there was nearly 52mm of rain.  On the 1st, the temperature reached 19°C, otherwise highs were mostly around 15 or 16°C. However, on the 30th the maximum was only 11°C.

November - Very wet, above normal sunshine and near average temperatures
 Mean Temperature 8.0 °C  
 Monthly highest 15.3°C  Total Rain 134 mm
 Monthly Lowest -1.6°C Total Sun 66 hrs

Only 1 completely dry day occurred during this extremely changeable month. Rainfall exceeded 10mm on 5 occasions, and on the 5th a fall of 33mm occurred. Although the month was unsettled, it was not particularly windy, and there were enough clear nights to allow grass frost to form on 13 occasions, and an air frost to develop twice. With few exceptions, daytime temperatures were between 10 and 12°C, although a high of 7°C occurred on both the 15th and 20th, and the maximum on the 28th topped 15°C.
  
December - Mild and wet with above normal sunshine
 Mean Temperature 6.8 °C  
 Monthly highest 13.8°C  Total Rain 83 mm
 Monthly Lowest -6.1°C Total Sun 49 hrs

The first 2 weeks were very wet and mild. Rain fell on every day and on 2 occasions over 10mmwas recorded. Temperatures exceeded 10°C on each day, with a high close to 14°C on the 11th. After mid month it turned colder with only 1 more high above 10°C during the remainder of the month. The last week was cold or very cold, and on the 29th the high was only 1.8°C. There were some sharp frosts with minus 6.1°C. recorded on the night of the 30th/31st. Precipitation was generally lighter during the second half of December. Snow fell on the 26th and 28th, with 1cm of lying snow on the last 4 days of the month.   

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