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2009 Rather cold Winter, dry and sunny Spring.
In the year that drought and an unprecedented heatwave led to widespread bushfires and loss of life in Victoria State, Australia; a disputed presidential election in Iran returned Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for a second term in Office, and the 'Swine' 'flu pandemic led to thousands of deaths world-wide.
Weather Notes:-
6th February - Widespread snow over south and southwest England. Around 55cm of lying snow in Okehampton (Devon).
7th February - Maximum temperature of 48.8°C in Hopetoun (Victoria) in Australia. This was an all-time State record high.
19th/20th November - In the 24 hour period ending at 0045 UTC on the 20th at total of 314.4mm of rain fell in Seathwaite (Cumbria).
30th October - Up to 30cm of hail fell in 2 hours at Ottery St Mary (Devon). The equivalent of around 70mm of rain was recorded from the melted hail. 

In London...
 Temperature 11.4°C   Rainfall 655.2 mm   Warmest  29.7°C
 Sunshine 1509 hrs      Coldest  -6.4°C


January - Cold and rather wet with above average sunshine. 
 Mean Temperature   3.8°C    
 Monthly Highest  10.5°C   Total Rain  69 mm
 Monthly Lowest  -6.4°C  Total Sun  63 hrs

The first 10 days of January  were mostly cold with frosty nights and a little snow. On the night of the 6th/7th the temperature fell below minus 6°C., and the maximum temperature on the 10th was only minus 0.7 °C.  Towards the end of the second week, the weather became milder and very unsettled. After mid month there was heavy rain at times and on the 22nd nearly 17mm was recorded. However, the 22nd was also mild with a maximum of 10.5°C.

   
February - Dull, cold and rather wet. 
 Mean Temperature   5.0°C    
 Monthly Highest  15.4°C   Total Rain   60 mm
 Monthly Lowest  -5.4°C  Total Sun   59 hrs

Heavy snow fell at the beginning of February, and a depth of 19cm was recorded early on the 2nd. The temperature on that day only rose to 0.6 °C., and on the following night a minimum of minus 5.4°C was recorded. Lying snow thawed steadily during the first week,  aided by rain and sleet. There was 22mm of rain measured on the 9th, but after the 12th little more than 2mm fell. It became milder after mid month, and on the 27th the temperature reached 15.4°C. 
 
March - Sunny with temperatures and rainfall close to average. 
 Mean Temperature   8.1°C    
 Monthly Highest  16.9°C   Total Rain  38 mm
 Monthly Lowest  -2.1°C  Total Sun 159 hrs

The first 10 days of March were changeable. The 3rd was a wet and windy day with over 18mm of rain falling. On the following day the temperature only rose to 7.8 °C. The temperature fell to minus 2.1°C  early on the 6th (and again on the nights of the 20th/21st and 29th/30th) but the second week became generally milder and eventually drier. No measurable rain fell between the 11th and 22nd, and on a sunny 18th the temperature rose close to 17°C.

April - Mild, dry and rather sunny. 
 Mean Temperature  11.4°C    
 Monthly Highest  20.8°C   Total Rain   28 mm
 Monthly Lowest   0.6°C  Total Sun  173 hrs

The opening week of April was mostly dry with pleasantly mild and sunny afternoons. The second  week was still generally mild but fairly unsettled. A thunderstorm occurred on the evening of the 14th and over 6mm of rain fell on the 17th.  Dry, sunny and very mild weather occurred after mid month, and on the 21st the temperature almost reached 21°C.  The last week was temporarily cooler with a high of 10.5°C on the 27th followed by a chilly night.   
 
May - Dry with temperatures and sunshine close to average. 
 Mean Temperature  13.6°C    
 Monthly Highest  24.6°C   Total Rain   29 mm
 Monthly Lowest   3.3°C  Total Sun  194 hrs

There was plenty of dry weather during the first fortnight of May. Temperatures were around normal, but on the 4th, after an overnight low of 3.3°C., the daily high was only 13.1‘C. The third week of the month was changeable, but rain was mostly light and from the 20th it was dry for a while and it became warm. On the 24th the temperature reached 24.5°C., but 13.9mm of rain was measured on the 25th. However, the temperature reached 24.6‘C. on the 31st.

June - Rather dry and warm with sunshine  close to average. 
 Mean Temperature  16.7°C    
 Monthly Highest  29.7°C   Total Rain   33 mm
 Monthly Lowest   5.8°C  Total Sun  193 hrs

The first 2 days of June were warm with sunny periods but later in the first week it became cool and changeable. The temperature on the 5th only reached 14.3°C., and on the 6th over 13mm of rain fell. Hail and thunder occurred on the 7th, and early on the 12th the temperature dipped below 6°C. From the 13th until the end of the month  there was plenty of warm and dry weather . The last few days of  June were hot.  and on the 29th a high of 29.7°C. occurred. 

 
July - Dull and wet with below average temperatures. 
 Mean Temperature  17.8°C    
 Monthly Highest  28.9°C   Total Rain   63 mm
 Monthly Lowest  10.7°C  Total Sun  156 hrs

The  first 2 days of July were very warm and mostly sunny with temperatures rising close to 29°C. The weather then turned unsettled, and although fairly warm until the end of the opening week, the remainder of the month was mostly cool.  On the 9th the temperature only reached 18.8°C., and on the following night the minimum was below 11°C. Much of the rain that fell during July was light but there were a few thundery downpours, and nearly 14mm fell on the 16th. 
      
August - Dull and rather dry with above average temperatures.
 Mean Temperature  18.3°C    
 Monthly Highest  28.4°C   Total Rain   36 mm
 Monthly Lowest   8.5°C  Total Sun  168 hrs
 
The start of August was often warm, but unsettled. On the 6th, nearly 18mm of rain was measured. Apart from heavy rain for a while on the 12th, the second and third weeks of the month, were mainly dry but frequently rather cloudy. However, there were some sunnier days, and on the 19th one was accompanied by a temperature above 28°C. The last week of August was cooler. A low of 8.5°C occurred early on the 29th and the high on the 30th was only 18.6°C. 
 
September - Dry with above average temperatures and slightly below normal sunshine.
 Mean Temperature  15.7°C    
 Monthly Highest  27.2°C   Total Rain   24 mm
 Monthly Lowest   6.0°C  Total Sun  137 hrs

Temperatures were close to,  or slightly above, average on many days, but after an overnight low of 17.1°C, the temperature exceeded 27°C on the 8th. and although it was cooler on the 9th, mainly dry weather persisted. Between the 8th and 30th the only measurable rain was the 12.9mm recorded on the 15th. On this day the temperature only reached 15.7°C. There were some cool nights during the last week including 6.0°C on the night of the 26th/27th. 
  
October - Dull and dry with above average temperatures.
 Mean Temperature  12.3°C    
 Monthly Highest  19.8°C   Total Rain   35 mm
 Monthly Lowest  -0.8°C  Total Sun   85 hrs

The first fortnight of October was often cool, cloudy and changeable. However, there were also some sunny and warm days, and on the 6th the temperature almost reached 20°C. During the third week it was mostly dry but cool. On both the 17th and 18th afternoon temperatures failed to rise above 12.5°C., and early on the 18th a frost occurred with a minimum of minus 0.8°C. The end of the month was mild, and although unsettled, rainfall amounts were small.

November - Very wet, mild and rather dull. 
 Mean Temperature   9.8°C    
 Monthly Highest  16.8°C   Total Rain 161 mm
 Monthly Lowest   1.0°C  Total Sun  62 hrs

There were only 2 completely dry days during this mild, but extremely wet, November. On the 1st the temperature  reached 16.8°C., and the maximum was also above 16°C on the 21st. In this frost-free month, the temperature fell to 1°C early on the 9th in a short cool spell.  Over 60mm of rain fell in 3 days late in the second week including nearly 28mm on the 13th. Over 22mm fell on the 29th, and in a cool end to the month , the high on the 30th was only 6.4°C.
  
December - Sunny and cold but rather wet. 
 Mean Temperature   4.3°C    
 Monthly Highest  12.5°C   Total Rain  79 mm
 Monthly Lowest  -5.4°C  Total Sun  60 hrs

The first 10 days of December were mostly mild and changeable. The temperature on the 9th reached 12.5°C. It then became colder with some frosty nights, and after mid month a little snow fell. On the 16th, after a  minimum of minus 5.4°C. overnight, the maximum during the day was only 1.7°C. A mixture of rain, sleet and snow gave nearly 11mm of rain on the 21st , and although the last snow fell on the 23rd, further rain occurred, including nearly 13mm on the 29th.

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