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February Drier and Milder Than Average

Armagh Observatory reports that February was somewhat drier, milder and sunnier than average. The total precipitation for the month was 33.7 mm (1.33 inches), that is, over 40% lower than the average. The wettest day of the month was the 4th when 6.7 mm fell.

The mean monthly temperature was 6.0 degrees Celsius (42.8 degrees Fahrenheit), which is around 1.5 degrees Celsius above average. The maximum temperature was 15.2 degrees C on the 7th, the second warmest February day since records of maximum temperature began in 1843, and the lowest air temperature was -6.3 C on 19th. There were twenty nights with grass frost and nine with air frost.

The number of hours of sunshine was 92.0, that is, about 40% higher than the monthly average.

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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Last Revised: 2008 January 4th
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