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St Albans and Harpenden weather summary: Eighth warmest March on record

PUBLISHED: 16:01 05 April 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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March was sunny and warm with above average rainfall, according to the latest figures from Rothamsted Research.

Almost all the rain in March fell before the 18th, including hail showers on March 17, leaving the last two weeks virtually dry.

Rainfall was above average with 60.4mm recorded in total. There were 19 days with 0.2mm of rain or more, and three days with more than 5mm, with 9.4mm falling on March 5.

Despite the rain, sunshine was also above average with 148 hours.

The sunniest day was March 12, and there were two days in the month without any sunshine at all.

The mean maximum and minimum temperatures were above average with 11.4C and 4.3C respectively. The highest maximum temperature was 16.8C on March 30, and the lowest was -1.4C on the 26.

Throughout the month there was one air frost and 11 ground frosts.

Overall, the temperatures were the eighth highest in March since records began in 1878.

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