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St Albans and Harpenden weather summary: Record-breaking temperatures in February

PUBLISHED: 13:46 05 March 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 from Rothamsted Research have released the weather statistics following an unseasonably warm February.

Despite a cold and wintry start, February warmed up to be unusually dry and sunny, with a record-breaking average maximum temperature.

The mean maximum and mean minimum temperatures were above average, at 10.9C and 1.5C respectively. The lowest temperature was -5.1C on February 1, and the highest was 18C on February 26.

The average maximum temperature was the highest in February since records began in 1878.

Sunshine was also above average with 137.7 hours. There were four days without any sunshine, and the most was 9.8 hours on February 27. February 2019 was the second sunniest February on record since 1891.

Rainfall was below average with 43.2mm, with 17 days with more than 0.2mm and three days with more than 5mm. The greatest rainfall was 8.2mm on the 28th.

There were 11 air frosts and 21 ground frosts.

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