Royston (Iceni) Weather Station

30 Year (1981/2010)Temperature and Rainfall Extremes

1. Temperature

Event     C    

Date/Month/

           

Year

             
Highest Temperature     36.4     10/08/2003
Lowest Temperature     -12.7     14/01/1982
Lowest Grass Minimum Temperature     -18.1     10/01/1982
Coldest Day - Maximum Temperature     -7.3     12/01/1987
Warmest Year - Mean Temperature     11.7    

2006

Coldest Year - Mean Temperature    

9.4

   

1986

Hottest Month - Mean Daily Maximum Temperature     26.1     August 1997
Hottest Month - Mean Daily Minimum Temperature     15.6     August 1997
Coldest Month - Mean Daily Maximum Temperature     0.8     February 1986
Coldest Month - Mean Daily Minimum Temperature     -4.0     February 1986
Mildest Winter - Mean Temperature    

6.9

   

2006/07

Coldest Winter - Mean Temperature    

1.7

   

1981/82, 1984/85, 1995/96

Warmest Spring - Mean Temperature    

11.1

   

2007

Coldest Spring - Mean Temperature    

7.6

   

1984

Hottest Summer - Mean Temperature    

18.7

   

2003

Coolest Summer - Mean Temperature    

15.4

   

1985

Mildest Autumn - Mean Temperature    

13.7

   

2006

Coldest Autumn - Mean Temperature    

8.9

   

1993

Hottest Day of Year on average - Mean Maximum Temperature     24.4     29th July
Coldest Day of Year on average - Mean Maximum Temperature     6.0     7th January
Warmest Night of Year on average - Mean Minimum Temperature     14.2     29th July
Coldest Night of Year on average - Mean Minimum Temperature     0.4     14th February
     

No.

     
Annual Highest No. of Air Frosts    

66

   

2010

Annual Highest No. of Ground Frosts    

116

   

2010

Annual Lowest No. of Air Frosts    

12

   

1990

Annual Lowest No. of Ground Frosts    

47

   

2002

             
2. Rainfall            
             
Event     MM     Date/Month/
            Year
             
Wettest Year    

821.0

   

2000

Driest Year    

403.1

   

1996

Wettest Month     149.3    

August 2010

Driest Month    

0.7

   

August 2003

Wettest Winter    

255.1

   

1989/90

Driest Winter    

69.6

   

1991/92

Wettest Spring    

252.6

   

1983

Driest Spring    

40.4

   

1996

Wettest Summer    

234.1

   

1987

Driest Summer    

45.8

   

1995

Wettest Autumn    

334.1

   

2000

Driest Autumn    

70.2

   

1985

Wettest Day    

78.1

   

22/09/92

Wettest Day of Year on average - Mean Rainfall    

6.1

   

20th October

Driest Day of Year on average - Mean Rainfall    

0.3

   

25th July

      No.      
Annual Highest No. of "Rain Days" (0.2 mm or more)    

193

   

2000

Annual Lowest No. of "Rain Days" (0.2 mm or more)    

131

   

1990

Annual Highest No. of Days with Snow Falling    

39

   

2010

Annual Lowest No. of Days with Snow Falling    

1

   

2002

Annual Highest No. of Days with Snow Lying (> 50% cover @ 09GMT)    

36

   

1985

Annual Lowest No. of Days with Snow Lying (> 50% cover @ 09 GMT)    

0

   

 1992, 2002

Annual Highest No. of Days with Thunder    

24

   

1982

Annual Lowest No. of Days with Thunder    

2

   

1986

Annual Highest No. of Days with Hail    

14

   

1983

Annual Lowest No. of Days with Hail    

0

   

1993

The photograph below illustrates one of the interesting cloud effects which occurred in the morning of 7th November 1999. It was taken at 0840 GMT looking ESE from Burloes, Royston. The cloud shown has a striking similarity to foam sometimes seen on a river downstream from a waterfall, or occasionally on the sea close to shore. Another effect seen (not shown) consisted of shadows from aircraft vapour trails on similar cloud which stood out as dark lines across the sky. A ridge of high pressure extending from an anticyclone centred over the Bay of Biscay had moved across the region at the time and gave a mainly sunny morning, but the afternoon was cloudy due to a weak warm front advancing from the west.

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