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In the year that Princess Elizabeth became Queen after the death of her father, King George VI, compulsory identity cards were scrapped by the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, and the Agatha Christie play 'The Mousetrap' opened in a West End of London theatre, the start of a very long run. In the music world, the 'Hit Parade' was intoduced in the UK. The first 'Number One' was Al Martino with 'Here in my Heart'.
Weather Notes:-
29th March - More than 20cm of snow, driven along by strong northeast winds leading to 2m drifts, affected parts of southern and eastern England, particularly The Chilterns.
15th/16th August - Over 220mm of rain fell on the hills above Lynmouth (Devon) leading to flash flooding of the village and the loss of 34 lives.
9th December - The last of 5 days with fog in London. This fog, initially freezing, became very dense wet fog which led to many deaths and was directly responsible for the Clean Air Act enabled in 1956.

In London...
 Temperature10.1°C  Rainfall654.8 mm  Warmest 32.1°C
 Sunshine1655 hrs   Coldest -5.3°C

JanuaryVery sunny with below average rainfall and temperatures.
 Mean Temperature  3.9°C  
 Monthly Highest 12.2°C  Total Rain 46 mm
 Monthly Lowest -5.3°C Total Sun 82 hrs

The first half of January was mild and changeable. It was often windy, and the fast-moving weather systems only produced light rain with plenty of sunshine in between. However, on the 4th, over 8mm of rain fell. On the 15th, the temperature rose above 12°C, but it then became colder, and although mainly dry and sunny,  there was a little sleet and snow. On the 27th, after an overnight low under minus 5°C., the high during the day only reached 0.8°C.

February - Dry and rather cold with above average sunshine.
 Mean Temperature  3.8°C  
 Monthly Highest 11.9°C  Total Rain 20 mm
 Monthly Lowest -2.7°C Total Sun 72 hrs

The first week was fairly mild with sunny periods. Rainfall amounts were small, but during the second week it became more unsettled for a while, and on the 11th, nearly 11mm of rain fell. It became much colder at the end of the week with overnight frosts and small amounts of snow. On the 13th, the maximum temperature was only 3.1°C. After a sharp frost on the night of the 15th/16th, temperatures were then mainly near average for the rest of the month.

March - Wet, rather mild and dull.
 Mean Temperature  7.2°C  
 Monthly Highest 14.8°C  Total Rain 69 mm
 Monthly Lowest -0.8°C Total Sun 92 hrs

The first 3 weeks were mostly rather mild and changeable. The beginning of the fourth week continued to be mild, and on the 22nd the temperature almost reached 15°C. However, it turned much colder at the end of the week, and between the 28th and 30th there were strong northeast winds and outbreaks of sleet and snow. On the 29th rain and melted snow totalled more than 14mm and the maximum temperature on the 30th was only 2.0°C.

April - Dry and mild with above average sunshine.
 Mean Temperature 10.5°C  
 Monthly Highest 23.1°C  Total Rain  30 mm
 Monthly Lowest -0.4°C Total Sun 176 hrs

The only frost of the month occurred on the first night, and during the 1st, the maximum temperature was only 6.6°C. It then became milder with some rain but also with plenty of dry weather. No heavy rain occurred during the month, although over 5mm of rain fell on the 23rd. The best of the weather occurred during the last week of the month, and after an almost cloudless day on the 29th, the following day was warm with a maximum temperature above 23°C.

May - Warm and rather wet with above average sunshine.
 Mean Temperature 14.4°C  
 Monthly Highest 27.0°C  Total Rain  60 mm
 Monthly Lowest  5.8°C Total Sun 226 hrs

The first fortnight was mostly changeable but rainfall amounts were generally small. It was fairly warm at times during the first week, but the second week was cooler. On the 11th, the temperature only reached 14.1°C. After mid month, it became warmer again, and on the 18th,  the temperature rose to 27°C. The following day was very warm and humid, and thunderstorms developed. These produced over 12mm of rain. It then became cooler, but mainly dry. 

June - Above average sunshine, but rainfall and temperatures close to normal.
 Mean Temperature 15.9°C  
 Monthly Highest 29.3°C  Total Rain  44 mm
 Monthly Lowest  6.1°C Total Sun 245 hrs

The month was changeable with a series of Atlantic weather systems crossing the country. Most of the rain was light, although nearly 11mm was measured on the 2nd. Temperatures were generally close to normal at first, but on the 8th, after a low of 6.1°C., the temperature during the day only rose to 15.2°C. In a warm last week to June, the best day of the month was the 30th, which was sunny and hot, but humid, after an overnight low of 18°C.

July - Very dry and rather warm with above average sunshine.
 Mean Temperature 18.2°C  
 Monthly Highest 32.1°C  Total Rain 13 mm
 Monthly Lowest  8.6°C Total Sun 211 hrs

The temperature rose above 32°C. on the 1st, but it became cooler on the 2nd, and on the 3rd, the maximum temperature was only 15.3°C. with 6mm of rain falling. It stayed unsettled until the 11th, but from the 12th until the end of the month there was no more measurable rain. It became warm and humid for a while during the third week, and the temperature on the night of the 20th/21st failed to fall below 19°C. The last week was somewhat cooler.

August - Wet with temperatures and sunshine close to normal.
 Mean Temperature 17.4°C  
 Monthly Highest 25.3°C  Total Rain  89 mm
 Monthly Lowest 10.1°C Total Sun 196 hrs

The 3 week drought was broken on the 2nd of the month and then the remainder of August was mostly changeable. On the 6th, after the temperature rose above 25°C. for the only time during the month, severe thunderstorms developed,  resulting in nearly 27mm of rain. During the first 2 weeks, temperatures were mostly near, or slightly above, normal, but after mid month there were several cool days. On the 18th, the high was only 14.4°C.
September - Very cool and rather wet with near normal sunshine.
 Mean Temperature 12.1°C  
 Monthly Highest 20.6°C  Total Rain  65 mm
 Monthly Lowest  3.0°C Total Sun 143 hrs

There were no warm days or nights during this September. Although it was sunny on the 1st, much of the sunshine occurred on the mornings. There were some showers, but most of these were light. On the night of the 18th/19th the low was 3°C, but in the following week the temperature rose above average with 20.6°C. on the 23rd. The last day of the month was both cold and wet with a maximum temperature of just 10.8°C. and with over 15mm of rain falling.  

October - Rather cold and fairly wet with slightly below average sunshine.
 Mean Temperature  9.7°C  
 Monthly Highest 15.2°C  Total Rain 68 mm
 Monthly Lowest -1.0°C Total Sun 94 hrs

Although October was changeable, there were several dry and fairly sunny days, especially early in the month. On the 6th, the temperature rose above 15°C, but generally it was rather cold or cold. On the night of the 11th/12th there was a frost, but an active weather system moved in from the west on the 13th and produced nearly 22mm of rain. On the 20th, the maximum temperature was only 9.1°C, but during the last week temperatures rose to near normal.

November - Cold and wet with above average sunshine.
 Mean Temperature  4.9°C  
 Monthly Highest 13.6°C  Total Rain 89 mm
 Monthly Lowest -3.6°C Total Sun 61 hrs

There were some mild days during the first fortnight, and on the 10th, the temperature rose above 13°C. However, it was often rather cold,  wet and windy as depressions crossed the country. During the last week of November it was cold with occasional sleet and snow and several frosty nights occurred. On the 25th, after an overnight minimum of minus 3.6°C, the maximum for the day was only 3.7°C. Nearly 17mm of rain fell on the 29th and it became milder.

December - Sunny and cold with above average rainfall.
 Mean Temperature  3.3°C  
 Monthly Highest 10.9°C  Total Rain 60 mm
 Monthly Lowest -4.4°C Total Sun 56 hrs

Much of the month was changeable, but on the morning of the 5th, after a morning low under minus 4°C., freezing fog formed. This briefly lifted during the day, but thickened on the following night and became very dense. The maximum temperature on the 6th was minus 0.1°C. It then became wet smog before clearing on the 9th. The fourth week was mild and wet, with nearly 13mm of rain falling on the 19th, and highs near 11°C occurred on both the 22nd and 23rd.

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