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Armagh Observatory, 1 June 2004: The weather report from the Armagh Observatory indicates that May was sunnier, drier and much warmer than usual.

The mean monthly temperature was 12.5 degrees Celsius (54.5 degrees Fahrenheit), significantly higher than the average of 10.8 degrees C. Last month was the sixth warmest May since records began in 1865. However there were 3 nights with ground frost.

Sunshine for the month totalled to 180.5 hours, compared with the average of 173 hours.

The monthly rainfall amounted to 51.9 mm, that is, somewhat less than the average figure of 60.5 mm.

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-

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