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Weather Notes:-
23rd January - After a minimum temperature close to minus 21°C, near Hereford, the high for the day was only minus 8°C. at Ross- on- Wye. Meanwhile, Lerwick, Shetland had a maximum temperature of 6°C. for the third consecutive day.
6th February - Over 20cm of snow fell in parts of southern England and south Wales with drifts over 2m. In west Cornwall there was some sunshine with temperatures above 10°C.
7th June - More than 57mm of rain fell in 35 minutes during a thunderstorm at Kensington Palace (London).

In London...
 Temperature 9.4°C  Rainfall540.0 mm  Warmest 26.8°C
 Sunshine1437 hrs   Coldest -9.7°C

January Very cold and dry with above normal sunshine.
 Mean Temperature -1.3°C  
 Monthly Highest  5.5°C  Total Rain 21 mm
 Monthly Lowest -9.7°C Total Sun 49 hrs

Snow covered the ground throughout this very cold January, and sleet or snow fell on 21 days. On the 3rd, snow gave the equivalent of nearly 7mm of rain.  Air frost occurred on 25 nights during the month, and between the 17th and 25th the temperature was continuously below freezing. On the 24th, the high was only minus 2.8°C., but after a low close to minus 10°C. on the following night it became temporarily milder. On the 26th, the high was above 5°C. 

February - Very cold and dry with above average sunshine.
 Mean Temperature  0.3°C  
 Monthly Highest  7.4°C  Total Rain  7 mm
 Monthly Lowest -6.4°C Total Sun 71 hrs

Although sleet or snow fell on 20 days during February, it was mostly insignificant, and measurable precipitation was only recorded on 8 days. On the 2nd, melted snow amounted to 2mm. There were only 3 nights without air frost during the month, and on the 2nd, the high was only minus 2.0°C. Snow covered the ground until the end of the month, and temperatures stayed low. However, after a low near minus 6°C. on the 25th, the high on the 28th was above 7°C.

March - Wet with temperatures slightly above normal and sunshine slightly below average.
 Mean Temperature  6.8°C  
 Monthly Highest 13.9°C  Total Rain 58 mm
 Monthly Lowest -2.7°C Total Sun104 hrs

There were some frosty nights early in March, and near dawn on the morning of the 3rd, the temperature fell close to minus 3°C. It stayed dry with sunny periods until the 7th, and the last of the lying snow thawed early during the first week. The second week was wet, and on the 9th nearly 10mm of rain fell. The remainder of the month was unsettled and often mild. On the 14th, the high was close to 14°C. However, the 22nd was a cold day with a high of only 4.9°C. 

April - Rather dull with below average rainfall and slightly above average temperatures.
 Mean Temperature  9.7°C  
 Monthly Highest 19.6°C  Total Rain 41 mm
 Monthly Lowest -0.7°C Total Sun136 hrs

The last frost of the Spring occurred on the morning of the 1st, and generally the first week of April was rather cold. On the 5th, the highest temperature was only 6.7°C. The second week was milder but rather cloudy and sometimes wet. On the 16th, nearly 8mm of rain fell, as the unsettled weather continued. However, there were several pleasantly warm and sunny days from the 20th, and on the 28th, the afternoon temperature almost reached 20°C. 

May - Cool with rainfall and sunshine close to normal.
 Mean Temperature 11.4°C  
 Monthly Highest 25.8°C  Total Rain  47 mm
 Monthly Lowest  3.8°C Total Sun 205 hrs

After a wet day on the 1st, with nearly 13mm of rain falling, the following night was clear and cold. After an early morning low of around 4°C., the high during the day was only 11.2°C. Rather cloudy, cool and showery weather continued until mid month. It then became warmer and sunnier on the 15th and 16th with highs around 17°C., but it then turned cloudy and cool again. The 25th and 26th were warm with highs near 20°C;, and on the 31st the high was close to 26°C.
 
June - Above normal rainfall, slightly above average temperature and slightly below normal sunshine.
 Mean Temperature 16.1°C  
 Monthly Highest 25.6°C  Total Rain  49 mm
 Monthly Lowest  8.4°C Total Sun 202 hrs

The first 12 days of June were mostly rather warm and fairly sunny, although persistent low cloud gave a cool day on the 5th. On both the 6th and 7th the temperature rose above 25°C. At the end of the second week it became cooler and unsettled, and after the 12th there were only 3 further occasions when the maximum temperature exceeded 20°C. On the 19th, the high was only 14.7°C., and as the changeable weather continued, nearly 13mm of rain fell on the 28th. 

July - Cool and dry with near normal sunshine.
 Mean Temperature 16.4°C  
 Monthly Highest 26.8°C  Total Rain  33 mm
 Monthly Lowest  8.4°C Total Sun 204 hrs

The temperature rose to 22°C. on the 3rd, but the first 3 weeks of July were mostly cool and changeable. On the 6th, the maximum temperature was only 16.4°C. and nearly 21mm of rain fell. Rainfall amounts were generally quite small, and after the 20th the month was largely dry, sunny and warm. On the 23rd, the afternoon temperature rose close to 27°C. and on the 26th it was sunny from dawn until dusk. Despite the warm days, the nights were often cool.

August - Dull and cool with near average rainfall.
 Mean Temperature 15.5°C  
 Monthly Highest 24.9°C  Total Rain  56 mm
 Monthly Lowest  7.6°C Total Sun 144 hrs

The beginning of the month was warm,  and the afternoon temperatures on both the 1st and 2nd were close to 25°C. A thundery breakdown late on the 2nd was followed by rain on the 3rd which amounted to nearly 12mm. During the remainder of the month there were very few days when the temperature exceeded 20°C., and it was generally rather cloudy with showers or longer spells of rain or drizzle. On the 30th, the temperature only reached 16.3°C. 

September - Rather cool with below average sunshine and above average rainfall.
 Mean Temperature 13.8°C  
 Monthly Highest 22.3°C  Total Rain  59 mm
 Monthly Lowest  6.3°C Total Sun 127 hrs

Early September was mostly cool, cloudy and changeable, although the temperature briefly exceeded 20°C. on the 3rd. Much of the rain was light, but over 12mm fell on the 6th. The 15th was sunny and the temperature reached 22°C., The following 2 days were mostly sunny and pleasantly warm, but although there were further spells of sunshine, the remainder of the third week was cooler. It then became cool and unsettled, and the high on the 30th was only 14.4°C.

October - Rather mild and dry with below average sunshine.
 Mean Temperature 11.5°C  
 Monthly Highest 18.7°C  Total Rain 38 mm
 Monthly Lowest  5.4°C Total Sun 90 hrs

The first week of October was cool, cloudy and showery, but with some clear, cool nights. The second week was sunnier and largely dry. On the 10th, the high was close to 18°C., and on the 12th it was a degree warmer. After mid month there was plenty of dry, if rather cloudy, weather. It was mild at times, and highs around 17°C. occurred on the 21st and 23rd. A cool and wet end to October gave a high of only 10.9°C. on the 29th, and on the 31st,  over 9mm of rain fell.  

November - Mild and wet but rather sunny.
 Mean Temperature  9.2°C  
 Monthly Highest 15.6°C  Total Rain 114 mm
 Monthly Lowest -0.4°C Total Sun  62 hrs

The opening fortnight of November was mainly mild, rather cloudy and changeable. On the 10th, the temperature approached 16°C. The weather became colder at the end of the second week, and then a period of very unsettled weather ensued with temperatures alternating between mild and rather cold. On the 18th, nearly 21mm of rain fell. It was often windy, but lengthy spells of sunshine occurred between rain bands. On the 30th, the high was only 6.7°C.

December - Very dry and cold with above average sunshine.
 Mean Temperature  3.4°C  
 Monthly Highest  9.2°C  Total Rain 17 mm
 Monthly Lowest -5.4°C Total Sun 43 hrs

Most of the first 2 weeks of December were rather cold with variable amounts of cloud and sunny spells but with some frosty nights. At the end of the second week the weather became cold and cloudy with  sleet, drizzle and a little snow. On the 20th, although sunny periods occurred, the maximum temperature was only 1.7°C. After a very frosty morning on the 24th, it became milder over Christmas with over 7mm of rain falling on the 26th. and a high of 9°C. on the 29th.

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