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In the year that President von Hindenburg died and Adolf Hitler became Chancellor and Leader of Germany, the 'Long March' began as the Chinese Communist Army, led by Mao Tse-tung, escaped defeat by the Nationalist Army of Chiang Kai-shek; and the infamous American outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were killed by police near their refuge in Louisiana
Weather Notes:-
22nd July - Over 119mm of rain fell at West Wickham (Kent), most of it in less than 2 hours.
31st August - The air temperature fell below minus 1°C overnight at Rickmansworth (Hertfordshire). During the preceding month there were also 6 grass frosts.
31st October - Snow fell as far south as the London area, with 5-10cms measured over Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire. A thin layer was observed around Dunstable (Bedfordshire).


In London...
 Temperature 10.9°C  Rainfall500.9 mm  Warmest 29.0°C
 Sunshine1573 hrs   Coldest -5.5°C

JanuaryDry with temperatures and sunshine close to average.
 Mean Temperature  4.2°C  
 Monthly Highest 13.2°C  Total Rain 30 mm
 Monthly Lowest -5.5°C Total Sun 45 hrs

The weather was unsettled through the first 3 weeks of January, but pressure was relatively high and Atlantic fronts were generally weak. Temperatures were mostly near, or a little above normal, but after a wetter interlude, that yielded over 5mm of rain on the 14th, it became milder. The temperature rose above 13°C. on the 17th. It became colder with frosty nights and a little snow during the fourth week. The maximum temperature on the 24th was only minus 0.5°C. 

February - Very dry, sunny and rather cold.
 Mean Temperature  3.3°C  
 Monthly Highest 11.7°C  Total Rain  5 mm
 Monthly Lowest -4.4°C Total Sun 77 hrs

After a rather changeable opening 2 days to the month, the weather became settled as high pressure built across the country. No measurable rain fell between the 3rd and the 24th, and although there were several cold and misty days, it was also mild and sunny at times. On the 12th, the temperature only reached 1.5°C, but the maximum on the 16th was close to 12°C. The last 4 days of the month were changeable, and on the 28th nearly 4mm of rain fell. 

March - Wet and rather cold with slightly below average sunshine.
 Mean Temperature  5.7°C  
 Monthly Highest 14.1°C  Total Rain  54 mm
 Monthly Lowest -2.0°C Total Sun 110 hrs

The first 3 weeks of March were mostly rather cold and changeable. Spells of rain alternated with sunshine and showers, and some of the showers were wintry. On the 1st, the maximum temperature was only 6.8°C., and on the 12th, nearly 12mm of rain fell. There were several frosty nights, mainly early in the month, but during the last week it became generally drier and milder. On the 25th, the temperature exceeded 14°C., and on the 28th it was sunny all day.

April - Rather dry and dull with temperatures near normal.
 Mean Temperature  9.2°C  
 Monthly Highest 23.6°C  Total Rain  37 mm
 Monthly Lowest -2.1°C Total Sun 132 hrs

The opening 10 days of April were mostly rather cold with sunshine and showers. Some of the showers were wintry, and on the 6th the temperature only reached 6.2°C. There were several frosty nights, but during the second week it became milder. Around mid month there was a short warm spell, and on the 15th the afternoon temperature exceeded 23°C. The last 10 days of the month were cooler, cloudier and changeable, and on the 24th, nearly 7mm of rain fell.

May - Very dry with above average temperatures and nearly normal sunshine.
 Mean Temperature 12.8°C  
 Monthly Highest 26.0°C  Total Rain  11 mm
 Monthly Lowest  3.0°C Total Sun 201 hrs

The beginning of May was changeable, and on the 6th, nearly 4mm of rain fell.  Temperatures were close to normal, but during the second week it became very warm. The afternoon temperature on the 12th reached 26°C. It then became rather cool and showery for a while. On the 17th, after an early grass frost, the temperature only rose to 13.1°C. No measurable rain fell from the 17th until the end of the month, and it became warmer with several sunny days. 

June - Dry and rather warm with slightly below average sunshine.
 Mean Temperature 16.3°C  
 Monthly Highest 29.0°C  Total Rain  25 mm
 Monthly Lowest  7.8°C Total Sun 205 hrs

The first 5 days of June were dry, but on the 6th rain and drizzle fell with the temperature on the 6th only reaching 13.6°C. However, there was little in the way of further rain, and around mid month it became very warm. On both the 17th and 18th the temperature reached 29°C. At the beginning of the fourth week it became changeable, and on the 27th over 5mm of rain fell. However, it became very warm again at the end of June, and on the 30th there was unbroken sunshine.

July - Very sunny, warm and wet.
 Mean Temperature 19.6°C  
 Monthly Highest 28.6°C  Total Rain  81 mm
 Monthly Lowest 11.5°C Total Sun 281 hrs

There were 10 days of almost unbroken sunshine at the beginning of July. It was warm or very warm until the 12th, and on the 8th the maximum temperature was close to 29°C. During the second week it became unsettled and cooler for a few days. The third week was warmer, but also thundery, and on the 18th nearly 33mm of rain fell. The last week of the month was often rather cool and changeable, and on the 24th the highest temperature was only 19.3°C.

August - Rather dry with below average temperatures and near normal sunshine.
 Mean Temperature 16.6°C  
 Monthly Highest 26.2°C  Total Rain  45 mm
 Monthly Lowest  6.2°C Total Sun 192 hrs

The first 2 weeks of August were rather unsettled although amounts of rain were small. Daytime temperatures were mostly near normal. During the third week it became warm for a short while, and the afternoon temperature on the 18th reached a humid 26°C. A few warm days occurred after the third week but generally in was cooler and increasingly unsettled. On the 28th nearly 15mm of rain fell, and the maximum temperature on the 30th was only 16.6°C.

September - Sunny, dry and rather warm.
 Mean Temperature 15.6°C  
 Monthly Highest 27.0°C  Total Rain  32 mm
 Monthly Lowest  6.5°C Total Sun 186 hrs

After a rather cool and dry start to the month, it became temporarily wet with over 14mm of rain falling on the 3rd. The weather then became mainly dry with sunny periods. Temperatures slowly rose and there were several rather warm days. On the 15th, the maximum was 27°C. Above average temperatures occurred on most days until the last week, but then cloudier and more unsettled days prevailed, and on the 24th, the maximum temperature was only 16.3°C. 

October - Very dry, dull and rather mild.
 Mean Temperature 11.4°C  
 Monthly Highest 18.8°C  Total Rain 18 mm
 Monthly Lowest -1.5°C Total Sun 80 hrs

There was a mild and unsettled beginning to October, and on the 1st the temperature almost reached 19°C. Over 4mm of rain fell on the 2nd, but during the rest of the month, although skies were frequently overcast, amounts of rain were small. During the last week of October there were some lengthy spells of sunshine and at the end of the month it turned cold. On the 31st, after an early frost, there were wintry showers with a maximum temperature of only 4.6°C.

November - Dull, rather cold and dry.
 Mean Temperature  6.7°C  
 Monthly Highest 13.4°C  Total Rain 45 mm
 Monthly Lowest -1.2°C Total Sun 38 hrs

Early in the month there were some frosty nights and sunny days, but it became changeable, and on the 10th, over 14mm of rain fell. During the third week the weather was mainly settled and rather cold. It became foggy on the 19th, and this fog, dense at times, lingered until the 21st. It was rather cold or cold, and the temperature on the 19th only reached 4.4°C. At the end of the month it became milder and unsettled. On the 27th, the temperature exceeded 13°C.

December - Very mild, dull and wet.
 Mean Temperature  8.6°C  
 Monthly Highest 13.7°C  Total Rain 112 mm
 Monthly Lowest  1.3°C Total Sun  26 hrs

There was no snow during this very mild and air frost-free December. Temperatures rose to 10°C. or more on most days, and there were only 6 days without measurable rain. On the 6th, nearly 15mm of rain was recorded, and on the 8th the temperature rose close to 14°C. Temperatures briefly fell close to normal at the end of the third week, and there was a frost on the grass on the night of the 20th/21st. On the 22nd, the maximum temperature was only 6.4°C.

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