St Albans weather roundup: July in a heatwave

Rothamsted research, who collated the data. Photo: Danny Loo.

Rothamsted research, who collated the data. Photo: Danny Loo. - Credit: Archant

No-one will be surprised that July was unusually warm, dry, and sunny during the heat wave.

The most rainfall recorded by Rothamsted Research all month was 4.5mm on July 29, and there were 22 consecutive days with no drizzling at all.

Sunshine stats reached a whopping 294 hours, nearly 90 hours more than usual, and on July 3 alone there were 15 hours of rays - the most all month.

Sunshine beamed down onto St Albans district every single day bar one.

The average maximum air temperature was 26.1C and the average minimum was 13.8C. Averages refer to the thirty year mean between 1981 and 2010.

July 4 plummeted to its lowest at 10.9C and July 26 reached a height of 32.4C. This is the fourth warmest July day on record since 1878, joint with July 3 in 1976.

No frosts, either ground or air, were recorded.

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