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1957 Rather Warm. Dry Spring and Wet Late Summer
In the year that the merged countries of British Togoland and The Gold Coast, became Ghana, and the first African Colony to gain independence, Harold Macmillan succeeded Anthony Eden as British Prime Minister, and Andrei Gromyko became Foreign Minister of the Soviet Union. In the world of music, Paul Anka singing 'Diana' topped the British charts for 9 weeks.
Weather Notes:-
12th March - The temperatures reached 23°C at Haydon Bridge (Northumberland). On the following day, 21°C was reached at Peebles (Borders).
8th June - 203mm of rain fell at Camelford (Cornwall).
5th August - 105mm of rain (including melted hail) fell at Hereford, and 152mm of rain fell at Rodsley (Derbyshire) during the following night.

In London...
 Temperature 11.1°C  Rainfall591.6 mm  Warmest 31.3°C
 Sunshine1569 hrs   Coldest -4.7°C

January Very mild, dry and sunny.
 Mean Temperature  6.2°C  
 Monthly Highest 13.0°C  Total Rain 37 mm
 Monthly Lowest  0.3°C Total Sun 55 hrs

After a rather cold start to the year, southwest winds brought very mild and damp weather towards the end of the first week. After an overnight low of 12.1°C., the temperature on the 5th reached 13°C. There was a lengthy spell of dry, bright and anticyclonic weather around mid month. Temperatures were mostly well above normal, but the maximum on the 15th was only 3.0°C. The end of January was mild and changeable, and on the 24th, over 10mm of rain fell.
  
February - Very wet, mild and rather sunny.
 Mean Temperature  6.3°C  
 Monthly Highest 13.1°C  Total Rain 76 mm
 Monthly Lowest  0.0°C Total Sun 73 hrs

In this changeable and air frost-free month, some of the mildest and most unsettled weather occurred during the first week. The temperature reached 13°C. on the 3rd and there were nearly 15mm of rain measured on the 5th.  This generally set the scene for the weather during February, although there was a drier and colder spell during the third week with several sunny days and overnight grass frosts.  On the 19th, the maximum  temperature was only  3.7°C.

March - Very mild and rather dry, with sunshine slightly below average
 Mean Temperature  9.9°C  
 Monthly Highest 19.1°C  Total Rain  26 mm
 Monthly Lowest -0.8°C Total Sun 108 hrs

The first week was mostly dry with sunny spells and some slight overnight frost. Temperatures were mostly near, or rather above normal. On the 5th, it was misty with a maximum temperature of only 9.0°C. During the second week it became very mild, and on the 11th the afternoon temperature exceeded 19°C. The second half of March remained mild or very mild, but rather cloudy and changeable at times, rain was mostly light, but over 7mm fell on the 26th.
  
April - Very dry with above average sunshine, and slightly above normal temperatures
 Mean Temperature  9.5°C  
 Monthly Highest 18.7°C  Total Rain   9 mm
 Monthly Lowest  1.0°C Total Sun 175 hrs

The early part of April was rather warm and mostly dry . On the 5th, the temperature almost reached 19°C.  Cooler weather followed for the second week as brisk northeast winds gave several cloudy and damp days. On the 9th, 11th and 12th the maximum temperatures were only 8.9°C. Rain only fell on 7 days during the month, and on the 25th, nearly 3mm was recorded. However, there were further spells of sunshine and temperatures were mostly above normal.

May - Cool and dry with above average sunshine.
 Mean Temperature 11.3°C  
 Monthly Highest 22.3°C  Total Rain  27 mm
 Monthly Lowest  2.1°C Total Sun 207 hrs

The first week of May was cool,  or very cool,  and showery, although there were sunny spells between the showers. On the 6th, the temperature failed to rise above 9.7°C. Rainfall was mostly light, although in an unsettled second week,  nearly 8mm of rain fell on the 9th.  It was somewhat less cool after mid month, and during the last few days of May there was some warm, sunny weather. The 26th was sunny all day, and on the 31st the temperature rose above 22°C.

June - Very sunny, dry and rather warm.
 Mean Temperature 16.7°C  
 Monthly Highest 30.6°C  Total Rain  25 mm
 Monthly Lowest  6.5°C Total Sun 291 hrs

There  were some warm and sunny days during the first fortnight, but it was occasionally rather cool and unsettled. On the 10th over 8mm of rain fell and the temperature only rose to 15.0°C. A warm spell developed during the second week with several sunny days  A cooler and more unsettled spell began at the beginning of the third week, but the last week of June became very warm and mostly sunny. The afternoon temperature on the 29th approached 31°C.
   
July - Rather warm and wet with below average sunshine.
 Mean Temperature 18.2°C  
 Monthly Highest 31.3°C  Total Rain  83 mm
 Monthly Lowest 11.2°C Total Sun 176 hrs

The opening days of July were hot and sunny, although thunderstorms produced nearly 13mm of rain on the 3rd. On the 6th, the temperature rose above 31°C., but the second week became cooler and more unsettled. On the 15th, the temperature only reached 17.6°C. The rest of the month was changeable with thundery showers or longer spells of rain. Temperatures were near, or rather below, normal, although values rose above average over the last few days of July.
 
August - Wet and rather cool with below average sunshine.
 Mean Temperature 16.5°C  
 Monthly Highest 26.7°C  Total Rain  97 mm
 Monthly Lowest  7.9°C Total Sun 165 hrs

There was a warm start to the month,  with the afternoon temperature on the 1st almost rising to 27°C., but generally, winds were between southwest and northwest throughout the month, maintaining rather cool and cloudy weather as Atlantic frontal systems crossed the country. There were showers, or longer spells of rain, some of which were heavy and thundery. On the 12th, over 33mm of rain fell, and on the 15th the maximum temperature was only 14.9°C
  
September - Dull, cool and rather wet. 
 Mean Temperature 13.6°C  
 Monthly Highest 19.6°C  Total Rain  63 mm
 Monthly Lowest  3.1°C Total Sun 104 hrs

There were no warm days during this very unsettled, and often windy, month. The highest temperature, this occurring as late as the 22nd, was under 20°C. Rain fell frequently during September, but most of it was fairly light. However,  on the 24th, nearly 15mm of rain was recorded. During the last week, there were sunny spells, but it was mostly cool or very cool. On the 30th, after an overnight low around 3°C., the maximum temperature only reached 12.1°C.
     
October - Mild and rather dry with slightly below average sunshine
 Mean Temperature 11.7°C  
 Monthly Highest 19.3°C  Total Rain 47 mm
 Monthly Lowest  2.3°C Total Sun 95 hrs

There was plenty of dry, fairly sunny, and quite warm weather during the first half of October, and on the 14th the temperature rose above 19°C.  The second part of the month was generally cooler, cloudier and more unsettled. On the 16th over 17mm of rain was recorded. Although temperature levels fell as the month progressed, it stayed mostly mild, but a brief colder interlude occurred at the end of the third week, and on the 22nd the temperature only reached 12.0°C. 
 
November - Very sunny with rainfall a little below normal and near average temperatures.
 Mean Temperature  7.4°C  
 Monthly Highest 13.2°C  Total Rain 58 mm
 Monthly Lowest -1.0°C Total Sun 70 hrs

The first day of the month was sunny, but most of the first week was mild and very changeable with some strong winds and heavy rain at times. On the 3rd, over 20mm of rain fell. It became colder around mid month,  and the remainder of November was mainly dry with sunny periods. There were a few slight frosts, but there were neither cold nor mild days during this November, although the highest  temperatures on both the 15th and 24th was only 6.2°C. 

December - Sunny and rather dry with temperatures slightly below normal.
 Mean Temperature  5.0°C  
 Monthly Highest 13.1°C  Total Rain 44 mm
 Monthly Lowest -4.7°C Total Sun 49 hrs

The first week was notable for dense fog that lasted, almost without break for 60 hours between the 3rd and the 5th. On the 4th, the temperature failed to rise above 1.7°C, and the visibility was below 20m at times.. The second week was milder and unsettled. On the 8th, the temperature rose above 13°C. Celsius, and on the 13th over 14mm of rain was recorded. After mid month the weather was mixed but there were plenty of dry, bright, days, and some frosty nights.

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