August Drier and Sunnier

Armagh Observatory reports that the weather in August was sunnier and much drier than normal.

The monthly rainfall recorded was 41.0 mm (1.61 in), which is about half the average for August. This is still considerably higher than the lowest August rainfall in Armagh which was 13.2 mm, recorded in Battle of Britain month, August 1940.

The total number of hours of sunshine was 158.2, that is, almost 20% more than the August norm.

The mean monthly temperature was 14.5 degrees Celsius (58.1 degrees Fahrenheit), that is, about 0.2 C below average. The maximum temperature recorded last month was 23.2 degrees Celsius, on the 15th.

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; URL:

Last Revised: 2010 September 1st