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1939 Rather Dull. A Dry Spring and Wet Late Autumn.
In the year that the Spanish Civil War ended, the film 'Gone with the Wind' starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh was premiered, and the Second World War commenced in Europe.
Weather Notes:-
25th January - The high ground of southwest and central southern England had 30 to 50cm of snow, whipped into drifts 2m high by northeasterly gales.
12th April - The temperature reached 26°C at both (Cromer) Norfolk and Whitstable (Kent).
1st September - A total of 835 sheep were reportedly lilled by lightning at Box Elder County (Utah).
 
In London...
 Temperature10.4°C  Rainfall690.1 mm  Warmest 29.6°C
 Sunshine1516 hrs   Coldest -7.0°C

January Very wet and mild with near normal sunshine.
 Mean Temperature  5.5°C  
 Monthly Highest 12.2°C  Total Rain 109 mm
 Monthly Lowest -3.5°C Total Sun  45 hrs

In this very unsettled, mild , and often windy, month, there was a brief quieter and colder interlude at the end of the first week. On the 6th, after an overnight minimum temperature below minus 3°C., the high for the day was only 2.2°C. Very mild weather around mid month was accompanied by a high of 12°C. on the 15th, but on the 25th, a deep depression moving east into the southern North Sea gave over 28mm of rain; and 8cm of wet snow lay for a time on the 26th.
 
February - Very dry, sunny and mild
 Mean Temperature  5.9°C  
 Monthly Highest 13.1°C  Total Rain  20 mm
 Monthly Lowest -2.0°C Total Sun 105 hrs

There was no sleet or snow during this February, and rain was only recorded on 7  days. There was plenty of dry, mild and sunny weather, although persistent mist on the 3rd prevented the temperature from rising above 1.0°C. Winds were predominantly from between south and west,  and frost was less frequent than normal . On the 10th, after an overnight low of 10.9°C., the daytime high was above 13°C. In this dry month,  6mm of rain fell on the 28th.

March - Rather dry, dull and cold.
 Mean Temperature  6.4°C  
 Monthly Highest 14.1°C  Total Rain 25 mm
 Monthly Lowest -1.5°C Total Sun 93 hrs

The early part of March was mostly mild, and on the 3rd, the temperature rose above 14°C. Cloud prevented much  frost from occurring with overnight lows typically 7°C. However, on the 11th, there was a slight frost around dawn.  Occasional rain occurred, but it was mostly light, although after mid month it was generally wetter, and colder, with a little snow. On the 18th, the temperature only reached 4.2°C., and on the 22nd, over 5mm of rain was measured.

April - Rather wet with above normal sunshine and average temperatures.
 Mean Temperature  9.2°C  
 Monthly Highest 22.3°C  Total Rain  56 mm
 Monthly Lowest -0.2°C Total Sun 174 hrs

It was mostly rather cold and unsettled during April although there were no air frosts after the beginning of the second week. During the second week it became warm for a few days, and on the 11th the temperature rose above 22°C. It became cooler again after mid month, but there were several mostly sunny days. The end of the month was cold and changeable, and on the 30th, more than 12mm of rain fell and the maximum temperature was only 7.0°C.

May - Rather cool and dry with sunshine close to normal.
 Mean Temperature 11.7°C  
 Monthly Highest 23.2°C  Total Rain  35 mm
 Monthly Lowest  2.7°C Total Sun 194 hrs

The early part of May was cool, and on the 1st, the temperature only reached 8.2°C. Ground frost was observed during the first week, but then temperatures rose slightly with several dry and sunny days occurring. On the 16th, nearly 12mm of rain fell, 1 of only 7 days during the month when rain was measured. After the 17th there was no measurable rain for the remainder of the month and it became warm at times. The high was above 23°C on the 24th. 

June - Rather dry and cool with sunshine close to mormal.
 Mean Temperature 15.1°C  
 Monthly Highest 29.6°C  Total Rain  29 mm
 Monthly Lowest  6.5°C Total Sun 220 hrs

The first week of June was mostly dry, sunny and warm. On the 7th, the afternoon temperature rose close to 30°C. During the second week, it became cooler and unsettled. On the 11th, the first rain of the month fell and there were some cool nights. At the end of the third week the weather became very cool and changeable. On the 20th, nearly 9mm of rain fell, and on the 24th, the afternoon temperature struggled to reach 13.7°C, but it then became warmer.
 
July - Cool and rather dry with slightly below average sunshine.
 Mean Temperature 16.3°C  
 Monthly Highest 26.2°C  Total Rain  45 mm
 Monthly Lowest  9.0°C Total Sun 186 hrs

There were some warm days at the beginning of July, and on the 4th the temperature rose above 26°C. Generally, the month was changeable, but although rain fell frequently it was mostly light. However, on the 20th, nearly 14mm of rain was measured. After the warm start, temperatures fell to normal or a little below, but after mid month there were several cool or very cool days.On the 24th, the temperature only rose to 16.2°C, but on the 25th it was sunny nearly all day.

August - Wet with sunshine slightly below normal and near average temperatures.
 Mean Temperature 17.4°C  
 Monthly Highest 26.5°C  Total Rain  87 mm
 Monthly Lowest 10.0°C Total Sun 174 hrs

The beginning of August was very cool and changeable. Over 50mm of rain fell during the first 4 days of the month, and on the 3rd, more than 20mm fell with a maximum temperature of only 16.0°C. During the second week it became much warmer and this warm, and eventually humid, weather lasted until the end of the third week. On the 20th, after an overnight low above 17°C, the daytime temperature rose above 26°C. Thunderstorms then ended the warm spell.

September - Dry, rather warm and sunny.
 Mean Temperature 15.4°C  
 Monthly Highest 25.3°C  Total Rain  23 mm
 Monthly Lowest  6.9°C Total Sun 161 hrs

Most of the month was fine and pleasantly warm, but on the 2nd, thunderstorms developed and nearly 16mm of rain were recorded. There were many fairly sunny days during the first fortnight, and on the 8th, the temperature rose above 25°C. Measurable rain only fell on 9 days during the whole of September, with rather unsettled and cool weather at the end of the month. On the 27th, the temperature struggled to reach 13.5°C., with a low below 7°C., on the following night.

October - Very wet and cold with below average sunshine.
 Mean Temperature  9.4°C  
 Monthly Highest 17.7°C  Total Rain 125 mm
 Monthly Lowest  0.8°C Total Sun  90 hrs

The weather during October was very unsettled with some heavy rain at times. It was mostly fairly cold, but it was mild at the end of the first week, and the afternoon temperature on the 5th rose close to 18°C. Daily rainfall during October exceeded 10mm several times, and on the 14th, nearly 29mm fell. There were some sunny spells. but after a sunny day on the 25th, the overnight temperature fell close to freezing, and the high on 26th was only 6.3°C.

November - Very mild, wet and dull.
 Mean Temperature  9.3°C  
 Monthly Highest 14.5°C  Total Rain 113 mm
 Monthly Lowest -0.4°C Total Sun  68 hrs

Winds were mostly from the south during this month bringing plenty of moisture from  the North Atlantic. There were only 6 days when measurable rain was not recorded, and although much of the rain was light and drizzly, on the 6th, nearly 19mm fell. The following day was mild, and during the afternoon of the 7th the temperature was well above 14°C. There were no cold days, but the high of  7.2°C. on the 21st was followed overnight by the only frost of the month.

December - Cold, dry and rather dull.
 Mean Temperature  3.3°C  
 Monthly Highest 12.8°C  Total Rain 21 mm
 Monthly Lowest -7.0°C Total Sun 35 hrs

The month began with mild and changeable weather. On the 1st, the temperature rose close to 13°C, and on the 8th, nearly 9mm of rain fell. During the second week it became more settled and the days before Christmas were often grey and cold. It was foggy at times during the holiday period, but after Christmas it became very cold with occasional snow. On the 28th, the temperature failed to rise above 0.3°C,  and there were some sharp overnight frosts.

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