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1909 Cold. Dry Winter and mostly Cool and Dull Summer.
In the year that the first Government pension scheme was introduced in Britain aimed at good, honest citizens over 70, the true locations of the magnetic North and South Poles were claimed to have been discovered, and the first conference to regulate the game of Cricket was held at Lord's Cricket Ground in London.
Weather Notes:-
2nd January - Heavy snow in Lancashire during the morning brought much disruption to the tram service.
4th March - Over 50cm of level snow was measured in the morning at Tonbridge (Kent).
30th October - Canterbury (Kent) had over 107mm of rain between 1500hrs on the 27th and 0900hrs on the 30th, including 32mm early on the 30th.

In London...
 Temperature  9.4°C   Rainfall 601.0 mm   Warmest  28.5°C
 Sunshine 1587 hrs      Coldest  -8.3°C

JanuaryVery dry and rather cold with near average sunshine.
 Mean Temperature   3.6°C    
 Monthly Highest  10.3°C   Total Rain  19 mm
 Monthly Lowest  -4.5°C  Total Sun  46 hrs

The early part of the month was mainly dry and rather cloudy with temperatures not far from average. The second week became more unsettled, and on the 10th over 6mm of rain fell. It was mild around the middle of the month, and on the 15th the temperature rose above 10°C accompanied by a day of sunshine. A week of cold weather commenced on the 22nd, and snow fell during the last week. On the 28th the maximum temperature was only minus 1.7°C. 

February - Very dry, sunny and cold.
 Mean Temperature   3.2°C    
 Monthly Highest  12.9°C   Total Rain   8 mm
 Monthly Lowest  -5.2°C  Total Sun  83 hrs

Temperatures were above average at the beginning of February and it was changeable, although amounts of rain were small. On the 4th, the maximum temperature was close to 13°C. and on the 10th, over 2mm of rain was measured. After mid month, there was plenty of fine weather, and many frosty nights. However, it became generally colder, especially during the last week when snow flurries occurred. On the 28th, the temperature only reached 1.4°C.

March - Very dull, cold and wet.
 Mean Temperature   4.4°C    
 Monthly Highest  14.7°C   Total Rain  69 mm
 Monthly Lowest  -8.3°C  Total Sun  67 hrs

Early March was notable for some very cold and snowy weather. On the 3rd, around 8cm of snow fell and the maximum temperature was only 0.3°C. Over snow cover, the temperature fell below minus 8°C. on the night of the 4th/5th, but on the 6th, snow turned to rain and gave a total of nearly 14mm. Further snow fell until mid month, but it then slowly became milder. Temperatures were above average during the last week with a high of nearly 15°C. on the 29th.  

April - Very sunny and rather mild with near normal rainfall.
 Mean Temperature   9.6°C    
 Monthly Highest  20.0°C   Total Rain   45 mm
 Monthly Lowest  -1.1°C  Total Sun  239 hrs

Frosty nights occurred during the first week of April, and there were some cold days. On the 2nd,  the maximum temperature was only 7.8°C. No air frosts occurred after the 4th, and day-time temperatures rose steadily. On the 9th, the temperature reached 20°C. From the end of the second week through to the end of the month, the weather was mostly unsettled but also with lengthy spells of sunshine. Much of the rain was light but over 11mm fell on the 27th.

May - Very sunny and rather cool with below average rainfall.
 Mean Temperature  11.8°C    
 Monthly Highest  27.1°C   Total Rain   41 mm
 Monthly Lowest   1.7°C  Total Sun  315 hrs

The first 2 weeks of May were mostly on the cool side of normal, especially at night, and ground frost was recorded on 11 mornings. Days were largely sunny, and after a maximum temperature of only 9.4°C. on the 1st, values slowly rose. During the third week, sunshine continued and it became warm. On  the 21st the afternoon temperature rose to 27°C, but through the last week it became cooler and unsettled, and on the 25th, nearly 21mm of rain fell.  

June - Very cool, dull and wet.
 Mean Temperature  12.8°C    
 Monthly Highest  22.2°C   Total Rain   87 mm
 Monthly Lowest   5.0°C  Total Sun  105 hrs

Less than 1 hour of sunshine occurred during the first 6 days of this very disappointing month. On the 6th, the temperature only rose to 10.4°C. There was some sunshine during the second week, but it was cool, and on the night of the 10th/11th the temperature fell to 5°C. After mid month, temperatures rose slightly, reaching 22°C. on the 21st. However, there was still plenty of cloud; and thundery downpours occurred with over 21mm of rain falling on the 24th. 

July - Cool with above average rainfall and below normal sunshine.
 Mean Temperature  16.2°C    
 Monthly Highest  24.0°C   Total Rain   68 mm
 Monthly Lowest   7.4°C  Total Sun  182 hrs

The first fortnight was cool, and on the 11th, the temperature only reached 15.8°C. There were several dry days, but following sunny mornings, the afternoons were frequently cloudy. After mid month there were a few warm and sunny days, and on the 18th the temperature reached 24°C. However, the weather then turned thundery, and during the last week it became somewhat  cooler again with some heavy downpours. On the 27th, over 20mm of rain fell.  

August - Dry and rather sunny with below average temperatures.
 Mean Temperature  16.8°C    
 Monthly Highest  28.5°C   Total Rain   33 mm
 Monthly Lowest   8.2°C  Total Sun  223 hrs

It was cool and changeable early in August, and on the 2nd the maximum temperature was only 15.3°C. During the middle of the first week it became warmer, and it then remained warm or very warm until the beginning of the third week. On the 12th, the temperature rose above 28°C. Towards the end of the third week the weather became cooler and more changeable. However, amounts of rain were generally small, although on the 24th, nearly 9mm fell. 

September - Cool, dull and rather wet.
 Mean Temperature  12.9°C    
 Monthly Highest  20.3°C   Total Rain   63 mm
 Monthly Lowest   4.4°C  Total Sun  113 hrs

After a cool start to the month, with the temperature falling below 5°C on the night of the 1st/2nd, the end of the first week became fairly warm and sunny. The temperature rose above 20°C. on the 6th, but following the passage of a cold front, the maximum on the 8th was only 12.2°C. Temperatures then stayed mostly below normal for the  rest of the month, and there were plenty of rather cloudy and damp days. On the 29th, nearly 12mm of rain fell. 

October - Wet and rather mild with below average sunshine.
 Mean Temperature  11.4°C    
 Monthly Highest  18.5°C   Total Rain  91 mm
 Monthly Lowest  -0.5°C  Total Sun  88 hrs

The early part of October was rather warm and changeable, and on the 1st the afternoon temperature rose above 18°C. Temperatures generally lowered as the month progressed, but it stayed unsettled with strong southwesterly winds at times. On the 26th, nearly 17mm of rain fell, and at the end of the month it became much colder. Around dawn on the 30th the minimum temperature was below freezing, and the highest temperature during the day was only 5.9°C.  

November - Very dry, sunny and cold.
 Mean Temperature   5.5°C    
 Monthly Highest  12.7°C   Total Rain  18 mm
 Monthly Lowest  -1.9°C  Total Sun  77 hrs

There was some mild and damp weather early in November, and on the 3rd, the maximum temperature approached 13°C. It became colder during the second week with some sunny days and frosty nights, and this cold, but often sunny, weather, then lasted for much of the month. On the 23rd, the maximum temperature was only 3.5°C. During the last few days of November the weather turned changeable and on the 29th, nearly 8mm of rain was recorded.

December - Sunny with below average temperatures and above normal rainfall.
 Mean Temperature   4.8°C    
 Monthly Highest  12.1°C   Total Rain   59 mm
 Monthly Lowest  -5.1°C  Total Sun   50 hrs

There were southwest to west gales on the 2nd and 3rd of the month with gusts exceeding 50kn, and on the 4th, over 10mm of rain fell. There were only 9 days without measurable rain during the month, but there was a quiet and cold interlude before Christmas. After a minimum temperature below minus 5°C. on the night of the 20th/21st, the maximum value during the day was only 2.5°C. There was a very mild end to the year with a high above 12°C. on the 28th.

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