January cold weather a taste of things to come

PUBLISHED: 07:27 11 February 2009 | UPDATED: 13:54 06 May 2010

IN light of what was to come in February, the first month of the year was relatively normal weatherwise. According to Rothamsted, the Harpenden experimental station, January was cold – the temperature never got into double figures - and sunny. Rainfall w

IN light of what was to come in February, the first month of the year was relatively normal weatherwise.

According to Rothamsted, the Harpenden experimental station, January was cold - the temperature never got into double figures - and sunny.

Rainfall was close to the average with 70.4mm and there were 21 days with 0.2mm or more of rain and six had more than 5mm. The largest amount to fall on one day was 10.7mm on Wednesday, January 21.

Sunshine was above average at 76.2 hours - 21.2 hours more than normal - with the maximum seven hours on January 6. There were six days without any sun at all.

January was colder than average with both the maximum and minimum temperatures of 5.2 degrees and 0.8 degrees respectively. The highest day temperature was 9.3 degrees on January 12 and the lowest was -8.8 degrees on January 7.

There were 17 air frosts and 23 ground frosts during the month.

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