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Weather in January

According to Armagh Observatory January was much milder than average.

The mean monthly temperature was 6.3 degrees C, that is, 2.4 degrees higher than the average January figure of 3.9 degrees C. The temperature peaked at 13.6 degrees on the 7th January, making it the mildest January day for at least 145 years. There were 15 nights with ground frost and 3 with air frost.

Precipitation for last month amounted to 86.7 mm, compared with the average value of 77 mm. There were 31.8 mm of rainfall on 7th January, making it the wettest January day for at least 105 years.

The total number of hours of sunshine for January was 44.4, compared with the average figure of 46 hours.

There was a stormy period at the end of the first week of January with gale force winds during the early hours of 8th January.

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

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John McFarland at the Armagh Observatory, College Hill, Armagh, BT61 9DG. Tel.: 028-3752-2928; FAX: 028-3752-7174; jmfarm.ac.uk

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