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Rothamsted Research says December was sunny and mild

PUBLISHED: 09:30 03 January 2019 | UPDATED: 09:34 03 January 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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The weather boffins at Rothamsted Research have released a summary of what the weather was doing in December.

December was very mild for the time of year as well as having above average sunshine and rainfall.

Rainfall was 75mm, which is 5.48mm above average. There were 21 days where at least 0.2mm of rain was recorded, seven of these with at least 5mm.

The most was 10.6mm on December 18.

Sunshine was above average with 57 hours; the average for December is 53.8.

The most sunshine was 6.5 hours on December 13. There were nine days with no sunshine recorded.

December had above average mean maximum and minimum temperatures. The mean maximum was 9.3C (+2.38) and the mean minimum was 3.7C (+2.01).

The highest maximum temperature was 13.7C on the 2nd and the lowest minimum was -2.1C on Christmas Day.

There were five air frosts and 12 ground frosts.

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