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Dry January

Armagh Observatory reports that January was drier and slightly milder than average.

Rainfall amounted to 29.8 mm, that is, slightly over one-third of the average January figure of 79.6 mm. That means that last month was the driest January since the year 2000 and the eleventh driest since records began in 1838.

The total sunshine for the month was 39.5 hours, slightly below the average of 46 hours. Last month was the dullest January since 1997 (20.5 hours).

The mean monthly temperature was 5.1 degrees Celsius (41.1 degrees Fahrenheit compared with the average figure of 4.4 degrees C. There were 7 nights with air frost and 11 nights with ground frost.

These date 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: 028-3755-7174; jmfarm.ac.uk; URL: climate.arm.ac.uk.

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