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January Drier and Sunnier

Armagh Observatory reports that January was drier and sunnier than average. The total precipitation for the month was 64.7 mm (2.55 inches), that is, about 16% less than the average. In the second half of the month, there were five days with snow.

The number of hours of sunshine was 64.2, that is, about 40% more than the monthly average.

The mean monthly temperature was 3.9 degrees Celsius (39.0 degrees Fahrenheit), which is approximately equal to the average January mean temperature. The maximum temperature was 11.7 degrees C on the 11th, while the lowest air temperature was -6.0 C on 6th. There were twenty-one nights with grass frost and twelve with 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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Last Revised: 2009 February 11th
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