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January 2023 February 2023 March 2023


Overall the 18th mildest January in 68 years.  A mild start in the first half of the month. Then much colder, recovering by the very end of the month.
Rainfall was a little below normal, but what there was all fell in the first half of the month, the second half being exceptionally dry.
The latter half of the month was mostly sunny, as high pressure established, except 27th and 28th, the first half less so.
It was much windier 1st to 14th, and 29th onwards.
Ground frosts from 15th to 28th, and colder giving airfrosts on 10 consecutive days from 17th to 26th . The coldest night was –5.6C on 17th.
No records broken this month.  

   7.7 mean max (C) , 18th highest
   2.0 mean min (C)   25th = highest
   4.9 mean (C)  +0.6 deg avg (C) , 18th mildest in 68 years

12.1 high max (C) on 4/10
  2.8 low max (C)  on 17
  8.7 high min (C)  on 5
 -5.6 low min (C)   on 17

62.0 rain total (mm)  86% of av,
Most rain was 12.6mm on 11th  

  23 raindays (days with >=0.2mm), 9th greatest
  10 wetdays (days with >=1mm),   18th fewest
   5  very wet days (days with >=5mm),  13th fewest  
 16 days with ground frosts
 10 days with airfrosts

  1 day with fog on 21st
No thunder
63% cloud cover percent
89% mean RH 
Mean pressure was 1013.6mb


A very mild and very dry month.
Mean temperature was the 7th mildest in 68 years here, following last year which was the 5th= mildest. Coldest spells were 6th – 8th and 26th – 27th. Mildest was 14th to 21st. The Mean Max was 4th mildest, and Mean Min was 8th mildest.
Hi Max was 7th mildest, High Min was 6th mildest.
Low Max 6.3C was the highest on record.
Rainfall totalling 11.6mm was the 6th lowest February rainfall here, the driest since 1993. The wettest day was 21st with just 4mm rain, the only other days with more than 1mm were 21-22 and 27-28.
Windiest days were 1st – 2nd, and 16th –18th.

 9.9 mmax (C)  (4th mildest in 68 years)
  3.2 mmin (C)   (8th mildest)
  6.5 mean(C)  +1.8 diff from av (C). (7th mildest)
14.7 high max (C) on 17th (7th highest) 
  6.3 low max (C) on 27th (HIGHEST on record)  
  9.6 high min (C) on 18th (6th highest)
 -2.7 low min (C) on 7th (12th = highest)
 11.6 rain total (mm)  (6th lowest, driest since 1993),  21.1% of av 
15 raindays (days with >=0.2mm) (5th highest in 67 years)
  4 wetdays (days with >=1mm)
  0 very wet days (days with >=5mm) (8 years have had 0 very wet years)
  4.0 mm greatest fall in a day, on 21st
 13 days ground frost
   8 days air frost 67%
 59% cloud cover percent
 89% mean RH  


 SEASONAL REPORT FOR WINTER  (Dec2022, Jan2023, Feb2023)

                 this year   normal    anomaly
MeanMax       7.8         6.9             +0.9
MEAN              4.8         4.1             +0.7
MeanMin        1.9         1.4            +0.5
RAINFALL      125.2    201.7            62% Raindays         63         51.5           
Wet Days         26         36.3             
V Wet Days       9         14.7                            
Cloud oktas    5.1         5.7    

For the Winter season, the mean temp is the 24th highest, slightly above the median.
Rainfall was the 9th  lowest, raindays were 7th highest, wet days 10th lowest, and very wet days 9th lowest       

Temperatures overall were normal, although somewhat lower in the first half of the month then somewhat higher in the second half. Most days had some rain, except 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 27th .
This was the 2nd wettest March on record in 68 years, beaten only  in 1981, all but 3 days having rain. Total rainfall exceeded double the normal amount. Very wet days were 9th-13th, 20th, and 29th-31st. The 25.0mm ainfall on the 9th ranked the 6th wettest March day on record.

Solar radiation was quite changeable during the month, although more bright days fell in the second half of the month.

A total of 9.6cm snow fell over three days 8th-10th.
Windiest days were 13th, 16th and 21st - 23rd

10.1 mmax (C) 
  3.6 mmin (C) 
  6.8 mean(C)  0.0 diff from av (C),
16.3 high max (C) on 30th  
  0.8 low max (C) on 8th   
8.8 high min (C) on 18th
 -2.9 low min (C) on 11th

 112.8 rain total (mm),
225.7% of av rainfall
28 raindays (days with >=0.2mm)
24 wetdays (days with >=1mm)
  9 very wet days (days with >=5mm

16 days ground frost
  5 days air frost
  3 days with snow 8th, 9th and 10th
  3 days with snow lying at 0900, on 8th, 9th and 10th
  0 days with fog
79% cloud cover percent
88% mean RH 

Windiest days were `15th-16th , 21st-23rd


April 2023 May 2023 June 2023

April was slightly cooler than normal, and slightly wetter.
Mean temperature rose slightly towards the end of the month. There were just 2 air frosts, on 3rd and 25th, coldest –1.3C on 25th . Highest temperature 21.2C was on 29th. 
Dullest days were 5, 17, 27.  Brightest days were 3-4, 7-8, 10, 13, 18, 20, 25 and 29.
Wettest days were 10-14, 21-24, with brief hail on 23rd. Windiest on 9-13 and 18-20.

 13.4 mean max (C) 
   4.5 mean min (C) 
   8.9 mean (C)  - 0.4 diff from av (C)
21.2 high max (C) on 29
  8.6 low max (C)  on  12
  9.1 high min (C) on  29
 -1.3 low min (C) on 25
65.2 rain total (mm)  27th highest
Most rain was 7.6mm on 23rd
   19 raindays (days with >=0.2mm)
   15 wetdays (days with >=1mm)
     7 very wet days (days with >=5mm)

Ground frost on 7 days
Air frost on 2 days
1 day with hail
No days with snow or sleet
1 day with fog
No days with thunder
57% cloud cover percent
87% mean RH 

May was mild and dry month. Temperatures were +1.0 degrees above normal, the 8th highest mean temperature.  MMax rose in the second half of the month, the warmest day was 27th with 26.8C recorded.

Rainfall was only 36.8mm, the 15th lowest here for May, most falling before 12th. with a predominantly dry second half to the month.

19.0 mean max (C)  8th highest in 68 years
  7.9 mean min (C) 
13.4 mean (C)  +1.0 diff from av (C)  8th highest
26.8 high max (C) on 27
13.7 low max (C) on  31
10.9 high min (C) on   6
  3.8 low min (C) on   16
36.8 rain total (mm)    15th lowest in 68 years
60.9% of av 
11 raindays (days with >=0.2mm)
  9 wetdays (days with >=1mm)
  2 very wet days (days with >=5mm)
No Ground frost  and  No Air frost
Mean pressure 1023.8 mb
50% cloud cover percent   6th lowest


              this year normal anomaly MeanMax      14.1    13.2     +0.9
MEAN               9.7     8.8     +0.9
MeanMin         5.3     4.4      +0.9

RAINFALL      224.8  172.9  130%
    58       43.0   133%    
Wet Days         48      32.3    147%    
V Wet Days     18     11.6     153%  

Oktas              5.0      5.4     - 0.4    

Spring 2023 had the 14th highest mean temperature, with an anomaly of +0.9 deg. Rainfall overall was 130% of normal, the 9th wettest Spring.
So overall a mild Spring with higher than average rainfall.

A mostly settled month with 2nd highest Mean and MMax temperatures (beaten by 2006) and the highest MMin on record. The mean temperature was 2.8 deg above normal. Very warm between 10th and 28th. Rainfall was  62% of normal, but only ranking 25th lowest in 68 years, which fell on 10-12, 17-22 and 28-30, so there were many dry days. Thunder was heard on 3 days, within the first two of the rainy spells. Windiest on 9, 25-26.

24.1 mean max (C)  2nd highest on record in 68 years
12.1 mean min (C)   highest on record
18.1 mean (C)  +2.8 diff from av , 2nd highest on record
30.4 high max (C) on 10
14.2 low max (C) on 6
16.9 high min (C) on 24
  7.1 low min (C)  on  3
 45.2 rain total (mm)  62% of av 
  10 raindays (days with >=0.2mm)
    7 wetdays (days with >=1mm)
    6 very wet days (days with >=5mm)

No ground frost or air frost
No days with fog 
3 days with thunder on 10,11,18
55% cloud cover percent
77% mean RH 
Mean pressure was 1018.7 mb, 15th highest



July 2023 August 2023 September 2023

A cooler than normal month overall, with a cool start, then above normal , cool again 14-25 and milder 27 onwards.
Rainfall was 10th highest in 68 years here, last beaten in 2012/2013. Raindays and wetdays were both 3rd highest.
Dullest days were 14th, 22nd
Brightest were 7th, 15th, 17th, 9th and 19th.
Highest solar radiation was on 2nd, 9th, 11th, 17th, 19th, 23rd, 25th, 27th
Windiest days were 15th, 16th, 3rd, 22nd and 9th
Calmest days were 18th, 20th and 24th

 20.7 mean max (C) 
 12.0 mean min (C) 
 16.3 mean (C),   -0.9 diff from av (C}
 28.8 high max (C) on 7
 15.9 low max (C) on 4
 18.6 high min (C) on 8
  7.1 low min (C) on  25,

100.0 rain total (mm)  157.7% of av
 Wettest day was 14th with 15.8mm
    22 raindays (days with >=0.2mm)
    17 wetdays (days with >=1mm)
      6  very wet days (days with >=5mm)

No ground frost or air frost
No days with fog , snow or hail
4 days with thunder, 8/9 and 15/16
70% cloud cover percent
83% mean RH 
Mean pressure was 1010.1 mb
Highest pressure  was 1020.6mb  on 17-18 (lowest on record)
Lowest pressure   was   994.9mb

Statistically normal mean temperature, although cooler start and finish, warmest 9th to 24th.  The LoMax was 5th lowest, HiMin 11th highest, LoMin 13th highest on record.
Rainfall was 25th lowest, 77% of normal, but 12th highest raindays. Most rain fell around 5th and 18th. Windiest days 12th to 14th and 19th.  Max Pressure was the 11th lowest, and Min Pressure was 4th lowest. Cloud cover was the 4th lowest.

21.3 mmax (C) 
12.0 mmin (C)   2nd highest (greatest was 13.8C in 1997)
16.6 mean(C)   -0.2 deg diff from avg
28.5 high max (C) on 10th 
12.9 low max (C) on 5th      
16.7 high min (C) on 11th 
  7.5 low min (C) on 9th
54.2 rain total (mm), 77.4% of av ,
18 raindays (with >=0.2mm) the 12th greatest
13 wet days (with >=1mm)
 5 very wet days (with >=5mm)
Greatest fall 8.6mm on 18th
No ground frost
No air frost
Windiest days 12th to 14th and 19th 
Dullest days were recorded on 6th, 8th, 29th and 31st
53% cloud cover percent
88% mean RH 


SEASONAL REPORT FOR Summer (Jun, Jul, Aug 2023)

Overall Summer was warm with normal rainfall, but looking at the 3months, temperatures were warmer +1.0deg in Jun, cooler -0.6deg in July and normal +0.1deg in Aug.  Rainfall was drier 63% in Jun,  wet 158% in July and drier 77% in Aug,  So individually June was warmer than normal, abd July was wetter than normal. While June and Aug were drier.

                 this year   normal      anomaly
MeanMax    22.0           20.7          +1.3                                     14th = highest
MEAN           17.0           15.8       +1.2                                      12th = highest
MeanMin     12.0          11.0          +1.0                                      11th = highest
RAINFALL    199.4        197.9       101%   
Raindays       50            40.6        123%                                     12th = highest
Wet Days       37            30.3        122%                                     13th = highest
V Wet Days   17             12.7       134%                                      15th = highest

A hot beginning to September, 1st to 11th, then back to normal range of temperatures. Over the whole month, the mean temperature anomoly was an impressive +3.0 deg.
Rainfall was 77% of normal, totalling 50.2mm , with none in the first 9 days of the month. 
Most fell 19/20th , 11th and 24th.
After very light winds initially, after the 14th the wind speeds rose, peaking on 19/20th and 24th.

 22.0 mean max (C) 
 12.4 mean min (C) 
 17.2 mean (C)  +3.0 diff from av (C), the 2nd  warmest in 68 years

 32.1 high max (C) on  8
 16.0 low max (C)  on 20
 18.1 high min (C) on   9
   5.2 low min (C)  on  22

 50.2 rain total (mm)  77% of av 
 Most rain was 8.0 mm on 19th  
  19 raindays (days with >=0.2mm)
  12 wetdays (days with >=1mm)
    4 very wet days (days with >=5mm)

No days with ground frost or air frost
1 day with fog  on 1st
0 days with thunder
53% cloud cover percent
93% mean RH 
Mean pressure was 1013.8mb


October 2023 November 2023 December 2023

A mild October overall, mildest up to 11th then below normal after that. Two ground frosts on 15th and 16th. Two very dull and wet days on 13th and 20th. Significant rainfall 10th-13th when 75mm fell, and 17th – 20th when 89mm fell, with saturated ground. Greatest daily rainfall was 36.4mm on 19th, 34.2mm on 12th, 31.6mm on 18th. There were some more pleasant sunnier spells from 7th-9th and then 14th-17th  when clear night skies produced the frosts.  So some respite from the rain. 
Quite windy too, especially at the beginning of the month.
So not the nicest gardening weather, but nothing needed watering!

15.9 mean max (C) (7th highest mean max in 68 years)
  8.6 mean min (C) 
12.2 mean (C)  +1.6 diff from av (C)  (9th highest mean)

 25.4 high max (C) on 9
 11.5 low max (C)  on 21
 13.9 high min (C) on  7
   1.4 low min (C)  on  16
201.4 rain total (mm)  239% of av (wettest October on record)
 Most rain was 36.4 mm on 19th  (34th wettest day in any month in 68 years)
  22 raindays (days with >=0.2mm)
  15 wetdays (days with >=1mm)
  10 very wet days (days with >=5mm)

2 days with ground frost on 15, 16h
3 fog days , 14, 27, 31 
No days with thunder
69% cloud cover percent
92% mean RH 
Mean pressure was 1006.5mb

Although November began slightly warmer than usual, from the 24th onwards temperatures plummeted remaining entirely below the normal, and this is when all 3 air frosts and 6 of the 9 ground frosts occurred. The number of air frosts was the 15th fewest in 68 years.
Rainfall was distributed across the month, although the total was slightly below normal. Sunniest days were 6,7, then 15, 17, but most at the end of the month 24,25,28,29. Dullest days were 2, 12, 19 and 26,27.
The mean pressure was 8th lowest on record here, owing to the deep depression storm Ciaran during the first week passing by. It was a windy month, but little wind from 25th.

  9.7 mmax © 
  4.3 mmin ©                
  7.0 mean©          0.0 diff from av ©  
13.3 high max © on 23rd  11th = lowest  
  3.3 low max © on 30th 
  9.7 high min © on 19th 
 -3.8 low min ©  on  30th
74.0mm rain total (mm)  
90.2 % of av 
25 raindays (days with >=0.2mm)    6th highest
15 wetdays (days with >=1mm)       16th highest
  5 very wet days (days with >=5mm)  
Most daily rain was 12.6mm on 12th 
  9 days ground frost  
  3 days air frost      15th fewest
  0 days fog     one of the 19 years with no fog days in Nov
74% cloud cover percent
92% mean RH 
Most hours sunshine on 6,7 15,17, 24,25,28,29
Dullest days were  2,12, 19, 26,27



Autumn had the 3rd highest mean temperature in 68 years here, 1.8 degrees above normal. Rainfall was the 8th wettest with 151% the normal amount, and the number of raindays was the 2nd highest, 140% of normal.

                   this year  normal   anomaly
HiMax              32.1        31.7
MeanMax        15.8        13.8       +2.0            3rd highest          
LoMax               3.3        -2.0                             
MEAN               12.1        10.3       +1.8            3rd highest
HighMin           18.1       17.1                            
MeanMin          8.4          6.7       +1.7    
4th  highest
LoMin              -3.8        -8.1                 
RAINFALL        325.6     215.3  
151.2%            8th highest
Raindays           66        47.1      140.1%    2nd highest
Wet Days           42        34.2      122.8%    9th  highest
V Wet Days        19       14.2      133.8%   11th highest



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