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In the year that Nicolas Sarkozy was elected French President, the tea clipper vessel, Cutty Sark, was badly damaged by fire in Greenwich, London; and Gordon Brown succeeded Tony Blair as leader of the governing Labour Party in Britain. In the world of music, Rihanna, with Umbrella, spent 10 weeks topping the UK charts, but the best selling single was Bleeding Love by Leona Lewis which topped the hit parade for 7 weeks.

Weather Notes:-
30th April - Many places across southern England and East Anglia recorded less than 1mm of rain throughout April.
20th July - An area extending from Greater London northwest into the southwest Midlands had over 40mm of rain, with over 100mm recorded in parts of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, and 135mm at Pershore (Worcestershire)..
18th January - Very windy over England and Wales with gusts of 65kn, or more, in many places, including Sheffield, London (Heathrow) Airport and Valley (Anglesey).
   
 
 In London...
 Temperature11.8°C  Rainfall717.2 mm  Warmest 28.7°C
 Sunshine1530 hrs   Coldest -6.0°C


January Very mild and rather wet with above average sunshine
 Mean Temperature  8.1°C  
 Monthly Highest 14.2°C  Total Rain 66 mm
 Monthly Lowest -2.0°C Total Sun 57 hrs

The first 3 weeks of January were mostly very mild, and often wet and windy. On the 6th, over 13mm of rain fell, on the 18th, although the temperature exceeded 14°C, there were southwesterly gales with a gust of 58kn recorded. During the fourth week, it was colder and the only 2 air frosts of the month occurred. There was occasional snow, and on the 23rd the temperature only reached 3.7°C. The last few days of the month were milder and mainly dry.
   
February - Very wet and mild with below average sunshine. 
 Mean Temperature  7.1°C  
 Monthly Highest 13.4°C  Total Rain 95 mm
 Monthly Lowest -6.0°C Total Sun 59 hrs

The first few days of February were mainly dry and mild. The temperature on the 1st exceeded 13°C. There were some frosty nights, and at the end of the first week it became colder. On the 8th, after an overnight low of minus 6.0°C., a total of 6cm of snow fell, and the temperature only reached 3.9°C. during the day. It became milder towards the end of the second week and the rest of the month was unsettled. On the 13th, nearly 17mm of rain fell.
 
March - Very sunny and mild with slightly above average rainfall.
 Mean Temperature  8.5°C  
 Monthly Highest 18.5°C  Total Rain  45 mm
 Monthly Lowest -3.1°C Total Sun 165 hrs

The opening week of March was changeable, mild and often windy. On the 5th, nearly 14mm of rain was measured. From the 10th it was dry, mild and mainly sunny for a while, but a short cold spell, with  sunshine and wintry showers, commenced during the third week, and on the 22nd, after a sharp night frost, the temperature during the day only reached 6.5°C. There were some warmer days during the last week of the month, and the high on the 27th exceeded 18°C.   

April - Very dry, warm and sunny
 Mean Temperature 12.9°C  
 Monthly Highest 25.7°C  Total Rain  3 mm
 Monthly Lowest  0.1°C Total Sun 225 hrs

In this exceptional month, no measurable rain fell until the 23rd. On the 3rd, the maximum temperature only reached 9.7°C., and during the first week there were several grass frosts. On the night of the 4th/5th the air minimum was close to freezing. The maximum temperature rose above 20°C. on 8 days during April, and the high on the 15th was close to 26°C. Light rain fell on the 23rd, and nearly 3mm was recorded on the 26th, the only 2 days with significant rainfall.   

May - Dull, wet and rather warm. 
 Mean Temperature 13.6°C  
 Monthly Highest 25.3°C  Total Rain  79 mm
 Monthly Lowest 4.3°C Total Sun 150 hrs

The beginning of May was dry, sunny and warm, but the second week was cloudy, and often wet and windy. It was rather cool at times, and on the night of the 14th/15th there was a grass frost. After mid month, it became mainly dry for a while and there were several warm days. On the 24th, the temperature reached 25°C. The end of the month was changeable and cooler, with over 24mm of rain falling on the 27th, and a highest temperature of only 7.6°C. on the 28th.

June - Very dull and rather warm with above average rainfall
 Mean Temperature 16.7°C  
 Monthly Highest 25.7°C  Total Rain  60 mm
 Monthly Lowest  8.0°C Total Sun 140 hrs

Early June was mainly dry and bright with sunny spells. It was rather warm at times, and the temperature on the 2nd almost reached 26°C. The third week was unsettled, and after the 13th there was only 1 completely dry day during the remainder of the month. It was fairly warm at first, but there were cool days during the last week, and the maximum temperature on the 24th was only 15.9°C. Rainfall was mostly light, but on the 30th, nearly 12mm was recorded.

July - Very wet and dull with below average temperatures. 
 Mean Temperature 17.1°C  
 Monthly Highest 24.5°C  Total Rain 124 mm
 Monthly Lowest  7.9°C Total Sun 160 hrs

There were no warm days in this changeable, and often thundery, July. Also, there were no particularly cool days either, although the maximum temperatures on both the 4th and 23rd were only 18.8°C.  Several heavy downpours occurred, with over 15mm falling on the 15th; and on the 20th, after the only day when the temperature exceeded 24°C., over 41mm of rain was recorded. On the 28th, another 20mm of rain was measured, but the end of July was dry.
      
August - Rather dry with above average sunshine and below normal temperatures.
 Mean Temperature 16.7°C  
 Monthly Highest 28.7°C  Total Rain  44 mm
 Monthly Lowest  8.5°C Total Sun 193 hrs
 
The beginning of August was mainly dry, fairly sunny and warm. On the 5th, the afternoon temperature almost reached 29°C. A rather cloudy, cooler and changeable spell of weather commenced towards the end of the second week, and this then lasted until the end of August. Tne maximum temperature on both the 22nd and 23rd was only 16.0°C., and on the 23rd over 8mm of rain was measured. The last week of the month became sunnier, generally warmer and mainly dry.  
 
September - Dry, with slightly above average temperatures and slightly below normal sunshine.
 Mean Temperature 15.2°C  
 Monthly Highest 24.6°C  Total Rain  33 mm
 Monthly Lowest  5.0°C Total Sun 141 hrs

The first half of September was mainly dry with sunny periods. Afternoon temperatures rose above 20°C. on most days, and on the 6th the maximum approached 25°C. After mid month the weather became unsettled, cloudier and less warm. Although rainfall was mostly light, over 14mm was measured on the 23rd, with nearly 13mm falling on the 28th.  During the last week there were several cool days, and on the 26th the maximum temperature was only 13.4°C. 

October - Rather dry with below average sunshine and near normal temperatures.
 Mean Temperature 11.3°C  
 Monthly Highest 19.3°C  Total Rain 37 mm
 Monthly Lowest  -0.6°C Total Sun 98 hrs

High pressure brought plenty of dry weather with light winds during October. There were some unsettled days, especially during the second week, and on the 9th, nearly 20mm of rain was measured. It was mild during the fortnight of the month, and the temperature rose above 19°C. on the 4th,13th and 14th. However, after mid month, it became colder with overnight temperatures often falling close to freezing. On the 25th, the maximum temperature was only 10.1°C. 


November - Mild and wet, but sunny. 
 Mean Temperature  8.1°C  
 Monthly Highest 18.1°C  Total Rain 91 mm
 Monthly Lowest -4.2°C Total Sun 81 hrs

The first week of November was very mild and mainly dry with plenty of sunshine. The temperature rose above 18°C. on the 1st, and the following day was only slightly cooler. The rest of the month was unsettled and generally less mild. Between the 18th and 22nd inclusive, nearly 69mm of rain fell, including nearly 32mm on the 19th. Some frosty nights occurred, particularly around mid month, and on the 18th the maximum temperature was only 6.6°C.
  
December - Sunny, rather dry and mild. 
 Mean Temperature  6.1°C  
 Monthly Highest 14.6°C  Total Rain 40 mm
 Monthly Lowest -5.8°C Total Sun 61 hrs

Early December was very mild and changeable. The maximum temperature on the 6th was above 14°C., and over 8mm of rain was recorded. High pressure became dominant during the second week, and from the 10th until the 21st there was no measurable rain. Frost occurred on most nights, and on the 19th/20th the low was close to minus 6°C. Days were rather cold, and on the 23rd it was foggy all day with a high of only 1.8°C. It then became mild and unsettled. 

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