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Mild January

Armagh Observatory reports that January was somewhat milder and sunnier than normal.

The mean monthly temperature was 6.5 degrees Celsius, that is, about 2.5 degrees higher than average. The maximum temperature recorded, 13.3 degrees, occurred on two days, 12th and 19th. There were 11 nights with air frost and 6 nights with ground frost. Apart from 2002 (6.8 degrees), of the ten highest January temperatures, the majority have occurred long ago, as far back as 1794. So, we have been here before.

The number of hours of sunshine was 56.3, almost a quarter higher than the average for January.

Precipitation amounted to 78.2 mm (3.08 inches), which is average for January. The wettest day of the month was 8th when 13.1 millimetres of rain fell.

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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