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Weather Notes:-
10th January - The temperature reached 18°C. at both Aber and Llandudno in North Wales. On the following day Rudh Re in northwest Scotland reached 17°C.
10th June - Nearly 84mm of rain at Ventnor (I.O.W) in 24 hours. The maximum temperature at Shanklin I.O.W) and Bournemouth (Hants) was only 11°C.
27th/28th July - Severe thunderstorms affected the extreme east of England overnight. Folkestone (Kent) had nearly 80mm of rain with 86mm recorded at Gorleston (Norfolk).

In London:-
 Temperature10.2°C  Rainfall621.0 mm  Warmest 28.6°C
 Sunshine1618 hrs   Coldest -6.1°C

January - Rather wet and mild with average sunshine.
 Mean Temperature  5.3°C  
 Monthly highest 13.7°C  Total Rain 68 mm
 Monthly Lowest -6.1°C Total Sun 46 hrs

The beginning of January was rather cloudy and cold, and on the 3rd it was foggy for most of the day with a high of only 1°C. At the end of the first week a little snow preceded a steady rise of temperature. The second week became very mild, and on the 10th it was sunny with a maximum temperature close to 14°C. Atlantic weather fronts were mostly weak until mid month but it then became wetter and windier, and this very unsettled weather persisted until the 31st.

February - Very dry, sunny and rather mild.
 Mean Temperature  5.0°C  
 Monthly highest 11.6°C  Total Rain 13 mm
 Monthly Lowest -3.9°C Total Sun 81 hrs

High pressure dominated the weather during most of the first fortnight of February, bringing plenty of dry weather. Cloud cover was variable and it was generally mild. The maximum temperature on both the 3rd and 4th was above 11°C. Towards mid month it became windier and less settled. The 4mm of rain that fell on the 15th was the first significant fall for 2 weeks. Wintery showers occurred on the 16th, but it then became milder. The last week was mainly mild and settled.

March - Rather cold with near normal sunshine and rainfall.
 Mean Temperature  5.7°C  
 Monthly highest 13.2°C  Total Rain  42 mm
 Monthly Lowest -3.9°C Total Sun 109 hrs

After a mild and unsettled start to the month, it became colder with plenty of dry weather and some frosty nights. On the 5th, the maximum temperature was only 3°C, and early on the 7th the minimum temperature was near minus 4°C. It became milder at the beginning of the second week as Atlantic fronts displaced the area of high pressure. On the 15th, over 13mm of rain fell, and nearly 10mm fell on the 18th, before pressure rose again and itr became drier.
  
April - Dull and rather cold with below average rainfall.
 Mean Temperature  8.1°C  
 Monthly highest 21.6°C  Total Rain  36 mm
 Monthly Lowest -1.5°C Total Sun 115 hrs

The early part of April was cool and cloudy with brisk northeast winds. The 11th and 12th were sunny and much milder with light winds, but then the northeast breeze returned and the high on the 14th was only 8°C. A short unsettled spell occurred around mid month, but it then became sunny and rather warm for a while. The temperature reached 21°C. on the 22nd, but on the following day nearly 20mm of rain fell, and the end of April was mostly cool and changeable. 

May - Sunny and wet with temperatures slightly below average.
 Mean Temperature 12.1°C  
 Monthly highest 23.4°C  Total Rain  67 mm
 Monthly Lowest -1.9°C Total Sun 241 hrs

There was almost unbroken sunshine during the first 4 days of May and it was rather warm. On the 6th, the temperature rose close to 22°C., but thunderstorms then spread from the south. Warm and sunny weather returned during the second week, and the high on the 11th was above 23°C. Although further warm and sunny days occurred after mid month it was generally cooler and more unsettled. On the 25th, the high was only 11°C. and 24mm of rain fell.

June Very wet, dull and cool.
 Mean Temperature 13.5°C  
 Monthly highest 23.4°C  Total Rain 131 mm
 Monthly Lowest  5.6°C Total Sun 168 hrs

The first 3 days of the month were dry, sunny and warm. The temperature on the 3rd reached 23°C. Towards the end of the first week it became much cooler and cloudier. On the 10th, over 19mm of rain fell with a maximum temperature of only 13°C. Rainfall was similar on the 14th, and once again the temperature only reached 13°C. The 24th was a sunny day with a high above 23°C. but generally the second half of June remained cool and changeable.   

July - Dry and sunny with slightly above average temperatures.
 Mean Temperature 17.5°C  
 Monthly highest 28.6°C  Total Rain  25 mm
 Monthly Lowest  4.8°C Total Sun 239 hrs

The beginning of July was dry and rather warm with sunny spells. The seconfd week was very warm or hot at first with daily maxima on the 8th,9th and 11th close to 28°C. It was very warm again on the 15th, but then temperatures fell closer to normal. The first measurable rain of the month fell on the 21st, and there were then several unsettled days but with temperatures mostly near, or a little above, normal. However, the last few days of July were very warm and sunny.

August - Wet and rather dull with slightly below average temperatures.
 Mean Temperature 16.5°C  
 Monthly highest 25.7°C  Total Rain  85 mm
 Monthly Lowest  5.7°C Total Sun 155 hrs

Low pressure dominated the weather early in August bringing showers, or longer spells of rain, heavy and thundery at times. Nearly 32mm of rain was recorded on the 5th. Temperatures were mostly close to normal, but a sunless day on the 12th gave a maximum temperature of only 17°C. A warmer, sunnier interlude occurred around mid month, and the temperature on the 19th almost reached 26°C. The rest of the month was rather unsettled but rain was mostly light.

September - Very dry and sunny with slightly below average temperatures.
 Mean Temperature 13.8°C  
 Monthly highest 22.8°C  Total Rain  15 mm
 Monthly Lowest  1.7°C Total Sun 176 hrs

Weak fronts brought a little rain early in September but then pressure built and the end of the first week was dry, sunny and rather warm. The maximum temperature on the 5th was close to 23°C., with a similar high on the 8th. Over 2mm of rain fell on the 24th, the first wet day of the month, and the last week of the month was generally cooler and changeable. On the 27th, over 11mm of rain fell, and on both the 27th and 28th highest temperatures were only around 16°C. 

October - Very sunny and mild with rainfall close to normal
 Mean Temperature 11.7°C  
 Monthly highest 22.6°C  Total Rain  54 mm
 Monthly Lowest -1.1°C Total Sun 153 hrs

Early afternoon temperatures on the first 2 days of October were above 22°C., and there were further sunny and pleasantly warm days unti the 11th. The first significant rain of the month fell on the 12th, and on the 13th over 15mm of rain was measured with a maximum temperature of only 11°C. The weather then became changeable and breezy until the 20th. From the 20th until the end of the month it was dry, often sunny, and on the 22nd the temperature reached 21°C. 

November - Very sunny and rather cold with above average rainfall.
 Mean Temperature  6.2°C  
 Monthly highest 16.6°C  Total Rain  67 mm
 Monthly Lowest -3.4°C Total Sun 103 hrs

The opening 2 days of November were sunny and very mild with afternoon temperatures above 16°C. It became wet during the 5th, and then colder. A frost occurred early on the 7th, and the maximum temperature on the 9th was only 6°C. A marked cold front on the 18th was accompanied by a drop in temperature from 15°C., to close to 4°C.during the afternoon, and there were further fluctuations of temperatures later in the month with some heavy rainfall.
 
December - Very dry, mild and rather dull.
 Mean Temperature  7.0°C  
 Monthly highest 14.6°C  Total Rain 18 mm
 Monthly Lowest -0.4°C Total Sun 32 hrs

The beginning of December was dry and mainly cloudy with near normal temperatures.It then became mild or very mild. Although skies stayed cloudy, the first significant rain of the month did not occur until the 15th. On that day, nearly 2mm fell and the top temperature was close to 14°C. Nearly 9mm of rain fell on the 19th, but a maximum close to 15°C. occurred on the 20th and 21st. The end of the month was cold, cloudy and breezy with occasional light rain or sleet

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