A Wet and Mild January

Armagh Observatory reports that January was much wetter, warmer and slightly duller than average.

Total precipitation for the month was 107.05 mm (a little over 4.2 inches), nearly 45% more than the most recent 30-year (1981–2010) average January rainfall. This was the wettest January at Armagh since 2008. The wettest day was the 25th, with 20.3 mm (0.8 inches) of rainfall.

The mean monthly temperature was 5.2 degrees Celsius (41.4 degrees Fahrenheit), approximately half a degree Celsius warmer than the most recent 30-year (1981–2010) average January temperature of 4.7 degrees C. The warmest day (highest maximum air temperature) was 11.0 degrees Celsius on the 24th, and the coolest night (lowest minimum air temperature) was -0.6 degrees C on the 14th. There were 20 days with grass frost and three with air frost.

The number of hours of strong sunshine was 41.3, approximately 10% fewer than the most recent 30-year (1981-2010) average sunshine for January. The sunniest day was the 20th, with 6.8 hours of sunshine.

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: 2014 February 10th