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December Milder

Armagh Observatory, 2 January 2007: Armagh Observatory reports that December was somewhat wetter, milder and sunnier than normal.

Precipitation amounted to 93.8 mm (3.69 inches), slightly above the average figure. The wettest day of the month occurred on 2nd when 11.5 millimetres of rain fell.

The mean monthly temperature was 6.4 degrees Celsius, that is, over one and a half degrees higher than the December average. There were nine nights with ground frost and four with air frost.

The number of hours of sunshine was 57.4, over 50% higher than average and the sunniest December since 2001.

These data refer to observations at Armagh Observatory, which has been recording the weather at Armagh since 1795.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: John McFarland at the Armagh Observatory, College Hill, Armagh, BT61 9DG. Tel.: 028-3752-2928; FAX: 028-3752-7174; jmfat signarm.ac.uk; URL: climate.arm.ac.uk.

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