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Wettest January Since 1948

Armagh Observatory reports that January was much wetter and slightly less cold than average. The total precipitation for the month was 133.6 mm (5.26 inches), that is, over 70% higher than the average. Thus last month was the wettest January since 1948 (170.8mm). The wettest day of the month was the 20th when 24.9 mm fell.

The mean monthly temperature was 6.0 degrees Celsius (42.8 degrees Fahrenheit), which is about two degrees Celsius above average. The maximum temperature was 13.7 degrees C on the 18th and the lowest air temperature was -1.8 C on 5th. There were eighteen nights with grass frost and four with air frost.

The number of hours of sunshine was 41.3, that is, slightly lower 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 February 5th
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