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Weather Notes:-
12th February to 24th March - Kingston-upon-Hull (Humberside) had no measurable rain during this period.
9th May - Douglas (Isle of Man) had 15cm of snow lying at 1000 hrs in the morning following the passage of a deep depression which crossed North Wales the previous day.
31st July - High temperatures, including 34°C. in Worcester, was followed by some severe storms over Eastern England during the evening and night as cooler air encroached from the west.

In London...
 Temperature 10.8°C  Rainfall526.2 mm  Warmest 32.5°C
 Sunshine1574 hrs   Coldest -2.2°C

January Very wet and rather mild with slightly below average sunshine.
 Mean Temperature  5.5°C  
 Monthly Highest 11.2°C  Total Rain 120 mm
 Monthly Lowest -2.0°C Total Sun  44 hrs

A series of active frontal systems brought plenty of rain and strong winds through January,  although there were some brief quieter and cooler interludes.  At the beginning of the second week it was cold with frosty nights and a little snow. The maximum temperature on the 9th was only 1.5°C. The mildest and wettest weather was towards the end of the month. The temperature rose above 11°C. on the 22nd, and over 19mm of rain was recorded on the 30th.

February - Mild and sunny with slightly below average rainfall.
 Mean Temperature  5.8°C  
 Monthly Highest 12.9°C  Total Rain  37 mm
 Monthly Lowest -2.0°C Total Sun  77 hrs

The early part of February was unsettled with sunny intervals, but also spells of rain. On the 1st, nearly 11mm of rain fell. There were some slight overnight frosts early in the second week but generally it was mild. The temperature on the 14th almost reached 13°C. The second half of the month was mainly dry, and although mostly mild and quite sunny in this snow-free February, there were a few rather cold days. On the 22nd, the maximum temperature was only 4.6°C.  

March - Very dry and rather mild with near normal sunshine.
 Mean Temperature  7.3°C  
 Monthly Highest 15.3°C  Total Rain   9 mm
 Monthly Lowest -2.0°C Total Sun 114 hrs

No measurable rain fell during the first 23 days of March, and although the last week was unsettled, there were only 3 days with significant rainfall. On the 25th, over 7mm was recorded. Temperatures were mostly fairly mildl, although there were several slight frosts up until the end of the third week. A few rather cold days occurred, and on both the 3rd and the 19th maximum temperatures were only. 7.6°C. The end of the month was mild with a high above 15°C. on the 30th.

April - Mild and dry with above average sunshine.
 Mean Temperature 11.6°C  
 Monthly Highest 23.2°C  Total Rain  19 mm
 Monthly Lowest  3.3°C Total Sun 166 hrs

After an unsettled start to the month, no more measurable rain fell from the 3rd to the 18th. In this frost-free April, the temperature only reached 10.6°C., but it then became warm at times, and on the 16th the temperature rose above 23°C.  The 18th was a dry and mostly sunny day, but the remainder of the month was changeable with rain bands alternating with sunshine and showers. Rainfall was mostly light, but on the 23rd almost 8mm of rain was recorded. 

MaySunny and rather warm with slightly above average rainfall.
 Mean Temperature 13.4°C  
 Monthly Highest 27.3°C  Total Rain  48 mm
 Monthly Lowest  4.0°C Total Sun 247 hrs

There was plenty of settled, fairly warm weather, during May, but a deep depression crossed the country at the beginning of the second week bringing strong winds and, low temperatures. On  the 8th a maximum of 11.0°C was recorded, with 17mm of rain falling on the 10th. The temperature fell to 4°C. overnight after the rain, but then it became warmer. On the 14th, the temperature exceeded 27°C, with further dry, warm and sunny days during the rest of the month.
June - Rather dry with temperatures below normal and average sunshine. 
 Mean Temperature 15.5°C  
 Monthly Highest 24.2°C  Total Rain  33 mm
 Monthly Lowest  8.0°C Total Sun 213 hrs

In a rather cloudy, cool and changeable first 2 weeks of June, rain fell on several occasions, but much of it was light.  However, on the 2nd, there were nearly 7mm of rain measured and the maximum temperature only reached 15.0°C. There were no very warm days during June, but on the 11th the afternoon temperature rose above 24°C. No measurable rain fell after the 18th, and there were some sunny days, but temperatures remained fairly depressed.

July - Dry with temperatures and sunshine close to normal.
 Mean Temperature 17.7°C  
 Monthly Highest 32.5°C  Total Rain  37 mm
 Monthly Lowest  9.6°C Total Sun 199 hrs
It  remained dry until the 6th, and although the weather became more unsettled, there were many more sunny and fairly warm days. There was some poor summer weather around the beginning of the fourth week.  On the 21st, nearly 13mm of rain fell and the temperature on the 23rd only reached 15.3°C. The last week of the month became warm, and eventually hot and humid. After an overnight minimum near 18°C., the high on the 31st was above 32°C.

August - Dry with above average sunshine and slightly below normal temperatures.
 Mean Temperature 17.0°C  
 Monthly Highest 27.3°C  Total Rain  36 mm
 Monthly Lowest  8.6°C Total Sun 201 hrs

There was a warm, humid and thundery start to the month, but this was followed by fresher, but still fairly warm and bright weather with spells of sunshine.  The highest temperatures occurred during the third week, and on the 17th, the afternoon maximum was above 27°C. The last week of August became much cooler and rather changeable. On the 26th there were nearly 12mm of rain recorded, and on the 28th the maximum temperature only reached 17.6°C.
September - Rather cool with above average rainfall and near normal sunshine.
 Mean Temperature 14.1°C  
 Monthly Highest 23.2°C  Total Rain  57 mm
 Monthly Lowest  3.3°C Total Sun 144 hrs

The first part of the month was quite warm at times, and although largely dry at first, some thunderstorms broke out during the second week. The maximum temperature was above 23°C. on the 11th, but nearly 19mm of rain was recorded on the 12th. The second half of the month was cooler and changeable at times but with some lengthy spells of sunshine. There were some cool nights, and the maximum temperature on the 27th was only 11.9°C.
October - Rather dull with above average temperatures and rainfall.
 Mean Temperature 11.4°C  
 Monthly Highest 17.3°C  Total Rain  64 mm
 Monthly Lowest  3.5°C Total Sun  81 hrs
There was a cool start to the month, but with plenty of sunshine. The 2nd was sunny nearly all day. It became cloudier towards the end of the first week but also milder.  On the 10th the maximum temperature was above 17°C. The rather cloudy weather continued after mid month, and it became wet at times. On the 19th, over 20mm of rain was measured. During the last there were some colder days, and on the 26th, the highest temperature was only 10.4°C.
November - Dry and rather cold with average sunshine amounts.
 Mean Temperature  6.3°C  
 Monthly Highest 15.3°C  Total Rain  33 mm
 Monthly Lowest -1.7°C Total Sun  53 hrs

The beginning of November was very mild and, and on the 2nd the maximum temperature exceeded 15°C. At the end of the first week it became colder, and after a sunny day on the 7th, a slight frost occurred on the morning of the 8th. The weather was unsettled, but amounts of rain were mostly small; however, on the 13th over 7mm was recorded. It became cold towards the end of the third week with some frosty nights. On the 20th, the highest temperature was only 2.4°C.
December - Rather cold and dry with below average sunshine.
 Mean Temperature  4.3°C  
 Monthly Highest  9.6°C  Total Rain  35 mm
 Monthly Lowest -2.2°C Total Sun  35 hrs

There was mainly dry, rather cloudy, cold and misty weather during the first half of December. The coldest conditions occurred around mid month, and on both the 14th and 16th maximum temperatures were only 3.2°C. Later in the third week it became milder and unsettled for a while.  The maximum temperature on the 18th was above 9°C., and on the 19th over 17mm of rain fell. The 20th was sunny, with the rest of the month mainly dry, but rather cloudy. 

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