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Driest October for over Fifty Years

Armagh Observatory reports that October was considerably drier, and slightly sunnier and warmer than average.

Rainfall amounted to 26.2 mm (1.03 inches), that is, about one third of the monthly average. This makes last month the driest October since 1951 (21.2 mm).

The number of hours of sunshine was 100.1, that is, about 20% more than the average.

The mean monthly temperature was 11.8 degrees Celsius (53.2 degrees Fahrenheit), which is about 1.6 degrees Celsius above average. The maximum temperature was 19.2 degrees C on the 6th. There were five nights with grass frosts and one with an air frost.

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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