WEATHER ANALYSES FOR 2006Click here to view annual statistics. Click here to view monthly statistics.
MONTHLY WEATHER REVIEWS AND CLIMATOLOGICAL SUMMARIES
Headline: Generally a very dry month well below average. Mild during the third week before ending with a cold snap.
FebruaryHeadline: Despite a mild spell around mid-month, it was generally cold with temperatures below average. Rather dull and grey at times with snow showers in the final week.
Headline: A cold month with temperatures well below average. Despite a couple of mild days in the second week, the arrival of Spring was not felt until the final week. Again, rainfall was below average.
Headline: A changeable month with a succession of frontal systems crossing the county separated by ridges of high pressure. Mostly mild despite a cold spell early on
Headline: Very wet with more than one and half times the average rainfall. A warm start, but turning progressively cooler as the month proceeded.
Headline: The driest June in Northampton for more than 80 years. A heatwave around mid-month culminated in above average temperatures.
JulyHeadline: The warmest July in Northampton for 20 years with the 19th being the warmest July day on record. Several intense thunderstorms resulted in above average rainfall.
Headline: Generally unsettled with rainfall significantly above average. Some spectacular thunderstorms around mid-month. Temperature and sunshine very much in line with the average for August
Headline: The warmest September since 1985 and the second warmest since 1949. Sunshine recorded above average.
Headline: An exceptionally mild month with an absence of ground or air frost and above average rainfall.
Headline: High pressure dominated the first week with some chilly mornings, but thereafter the county came under the influence of a run of very active Atlantic lows and a mild south-westerly airstream.
DecemberHeadline: A strong cyclonic influence resulted in very mild temperatures and high rainfall over the first half of the month. A protracted period of anticyclonic gloom then followed across the Christmas period
Climatological Statistics for 2006
Air Temperatures: The Highest Maximum: 35.5C on 19th July The Lowest Maximum: -1.3C on 2nd February The Highest Minimum: 19.8C on 20th July The Lowest Minimum: -6.4C on 3rd March The Mean Maximum: 15.1C The Mean Minimum: 7.1C The Overall Mean: 10.5C Difference from the 1971-2000 mean: +0.2C Relative Humidity: Highest Relative Humidity (at 0900): 100% on 7th & 22nd January; 18th & 19th February; 18th October & 20th December Lowest Relative Humidity (at 0900): 30.7% on 19th July Mean Relative Humidity (at 0900): 83.8% Dew Point: Highest Dew Point (at 0900): 20.1C on 27th July Lowest Dew Point (at 0900): -5.1C on 5th April Mean Dew Point (at 0900): 8.2C Rainfall: Total: 624.1mm Duration: 415.0hrs Highest 24 hour fall (from 0900): 23.2mm on 11th October Rain Days (>/=0.2mm): 172 Wet Days (>/=1.0mm): 121 Difference from the 1971-2000 mean: 100.8% Sunshine: Total Duration of Bright Sunshine: 1502.1hrs Sunniest day: 15.5hrs on 18th July Sunless days: 64 Cloud cover (mean at 0900): 5.6 oktas (70.0%) Difference from the 1971-2000 mean: 113.5% Pressure (reduced to sea level at 0900): Highest Pressure: 1044.4mb on 22nd December Lowest Pressure: 980.4mb on 23rd November Mean Pressure: 1015.2mb Winds Run of wind (mean over 24 hrs): 118.5 miles Mean daily wind speed: 6.4 mph Run of wind: 43218 miles Highest Maximum Gust: 55 mph on 29th December Other Gusts >/= 50mph: none Highest wind strength (at 0900): 27.7mph on 5th December Mean wind strength (at 0900): 7.3mph Winds from the Following Directions: N 53 NE 26 E 23 SE 20 S 72 SW 59 W 29 NW 64 Calm 19 Ground Temperatures: Lowest Grass Minimum: -9.6C on 4th March Mean Grass Minimum: 3.9C Lowest Concrete Minimum: -5.5C on 23rd March Mean Concrete Minimum: 6.4C Lowest Bare Earth Minimum: -5.5C on 7th March Mean Bare Earth Minimum: 6.2C Soil/Earth Temperatures: Surface mean: 11.1C 5cm mean: 10.6C 10cm mean: 10.9C 20cm mean: 11.2C 30cm mean: 11.5C 40cm mean: 11.5C 50cm mean: 11.8C 100cm mean: 11.3C