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March Drier and Milder Than Average

Armagh Observatory reports that March was drier and slightly milder than average. The total precipitation for the month was 30.9 mm (1.22 inches), that is, about 40% lower than average. Over half the precipitation occurred on just three days.

The number of hours of sunshine was 108.5, which is just higher than the March average.

The mean monthly temperature was 6.9 degrees Celsius (44.5 degrees Fahrenheit), which is slightly higher than average. The maximum temperature was 16.6 degrees C on the 18th, and the lowest air temperature was -2.0 C on the 19th. There were fourteen nights with grass frost and six 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 April 2nd
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