St Albans and Harpenden weather summary: January was cold, dry and snowy

PUBLISHED: 12:00 09 February 2019

Rothamsted Research, which collates Harpenden's weather data. Photo: Danny Loo.

Rothamsted Research, which collates Harpenden's weather data. Photo: Danny Loo.

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Scientists have gathered together and released the weather statistics for January 2019.

Rothamsted Park was blanketed in snow on February 1, 2019. Picture: Amy HansonRothamsted Park was blanketed in snow on February 1, 2019. Picture: Amy Hanson

According to Harpenden’s Rothamsted Research, last month was cold and dry with more sunshine than expected - about 83 hours worth.

This is about 20 hours more than the average recorded between 1981 and 2010.

There was only 34.8mm of rainfall, reading below average, and only four days of more than 5mm of drizzle.

Five days saw snowfall - in the early morning of January 17, late afternoon of January 22, evening of January 29, early evening of January 30, and overnight from January 31 into February 1.

Alongside the flurries there were 15 air frosts and 17 ground frosts.

Despite all this wintery weather, the month was the sixth sunniest on record since 1891.

January 28 saw the longest period of sunshine at seven and a half hours.

The hottest temperature was 11.4C on January 24 and the coldest was -6.8C on January 19.

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