Sunny Summer and Warm, Dry August

Armagh Observatory reports that the weather in August was drier and warmer than average, and that summer 2013 was sunnier and warmer than average.

The total recorded monthly rainfall was 39.1 mm (1.54 in), which is approximately half the most recent (1981–2010) 30-year average rainfall for August. This was the driest August at Armagh since 2003.

The mean monthly temperature, approximately 16.2 degrees Celsius, was nearly 0.8 degrees C warmer than the most recent 30-year average. The maximum temperature recorded during the month was 23.0 degrees Celsius on the 8th, and the lowest air temperature was 8.1 degrees Celsius on the 28th.

August 2013 was slightly duller than average, with 117.7 hours of strong sunshine, approximately 88% of the most recent 30-year average. Despite this, the three summer months of June, July and August together produced 519.8 hours of strong sunshine, making summer 2013 the tenth sunniest at Armagh on record and the sunniest since 1995 (620.6 hours of strong sunshine at Armagh). Summer 2013 was also the warmest summer at Armagh since 2006 and the fifth warmest on record.

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

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Last Revised: 2013 September 16th