Warm, Wet and Bright October

Armagh Observatory reports that October was warmer, wetter and brighter than average.

The mean monthly temperature was 11.7 degrees Celsius (53.1 degrees Fahrenheit), which is slightly more than one and a half a degrees Celsius warmer than the most recent 30-year average. This was the warmest October since 2007. The warmest day, with a maximum temperature of 20.1 degrees Celsius, occurred on the 6th, which was the warmest October day at Armagh since 1st October 2002, which had the same maximum temperature. The coldest air temperature was 0.7 degrees Celsius, which occurred on the morning of the 11th. There were eight nights with grass frost, the coldest (-6.9 degrees Celsius) also occurring on the morning of the 11th.

Total precipitation amounted to 129.1mm (5.09 inches), that is, approximately 50% more than the most recent 30-year (1981–2010) monthly average for October. The wettest day was the 21st when 26.8 mm fell.

The number of hours of sunshine was 105.8, that is, approximately 17% more than the most recent 30-year average for October.

These data refer to observations at Armagh Observatory, which has been recording the weather at Armagh since 1795.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Mark Bailey at the Armagh Observatory, College Hill, Armagh, BT61 9DG. Tel.: 028-3752-2928; FAX: 028-3752-7174; mebat signarm.ac.uk; URL: climate.arm.ac.uk.

Last Revised: 2013 November 5th