Thursday, 22 November 2012

Weather extream

The Met (United Kingdom Meteorological) Office celebrated 151 years of forecasting the weather in August 2012. This year our very changeable weather has broken a few meteorological records but for all the wrong reasons!!!

  1. Hottest temperature recorded - 101.3F (38.5C) in Faversham in Kent on 10th August 2003.
  2. Hottest month is August - beating record temperatures for July by 2C and September by 3C.
  3. The sunniest month of all was 101 years ago, when 383.9 hours of sunshine were recorded in Eastbourne, Sussex in July 1911.
  4. Lowest August temperature: -28.4F (-2C) on 28th August 2 1977 in Moor House, Cumbria.
  5. Lowest recorded temperature: -16.96F (-27.2C) in Braemar, Aberdeenshire on both 11th February 1895 and 10th January 1982.
  6. Highest rainfall in 24 hours - 279mm (10.98inches) on 18th July 1955 in Martinstown, Dorset.
  7. Maidenhead, in Berkshire, saw 92mm (3.622 inches) of rainfall in just one hour on 12th July 1901.
  8. Fastest winds - 123 knots (142 mph) on 13th February 1989 in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire.

So what did our cruising weather for this year 2012 achieve?

It has been the wettest April in the UK for over 100 years, with some areas seeing three times their usual average. 
Some 121.8mm of rain has fallen, beating the previous record of 120.3mm which was set in 2000.
UK's wettest June since records began in 1910, provisional Met Office figures show. It comes after this year also saw the rainiest April on record, while the period from April to June was the wettest recorded for the UK. June was also the second dullest on record with 119.2 hours of sunshine - the record of 115.4 hours was in 1987.


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