That was some summer

Wed, 11 Sep 2013 10:12:00 BST


University Weatherwatch, August 2013

IT was the sunniest summer for more than six years and rainfall was lower than average. An analysis of the data from the University of Huddersfield’s School of Applied Sciences weather station shows 2013 to be the warmest June to August period since 2006. 

barbecue During August, the monthly mean temperature was 17.47˚C (average 16.84˚C) making it the warmest since 2003 and the fifth warmest since our records began in 1990.  Thursday 1st was the warmest day of the month with an average temperature of 24.1˚C making it the warmest day since 25th July 2006 (24.3˚C) and the fourth warmest day for August since our records began. 

The highest maximum temperature of 31.4˚C was also recorded on the 1st; this is the highest temperature recorded by the weather station since 18th July 2006, when the temperature reached 32˚C, and the third highest temperature recorded for July since our records began.  The coldest day of the month was Saturday 31st with an average temperature of 14˚C.  The lowest minimum temperature of 9.4˚C was recorded on A total of 52.6mm of rain fall was recorded during August, compared to the average figure for the month  of 67.7mm.  The wettest day of the month, with 49% of the month’s total rainfall, was Friday 23rd.  The driest spell was from Sunday 18th to Wednesday 21st inclusive.

The mean wind speed for the month was 9.9km/hr.  The highest mean wind speed was 16.92km/hr recorded on Saturday 17th.  The highest gust of wind for the whole month was 84.6km/hr recorded on Thursday 15th.

The prevailing wind direction for the month was south west.


Weatherwatch is compiled by

Julie Walker

Resource Centre and Environmental Technician

School of Applied Sciences

University of Huddersfield

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