Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Warm Year - but Where Was Summer? Rain the Real Story of the Weather in 2007

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Warm Year - but Where Was Summer? Rain the Real Story of the Weather in 2007

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Byline: By Tony Henderson

A WARM winter, lovely spring and a disappointing summer - that was the story of last year's weather.

But overall 2007 was the fourth warmest year since records began in 1850, says Durham University weather observatory.

April - and the whole of the spring at an average of 9.4C - proved the warmest on record.

January was the second warmest, and the winter generally the third warmest, being beaten only by 1989 and 1998.

But if the warm winter and spring led North-Easterners to expect a Med-style summer, they were to be disappointed.

It was the 12th wettest summer on record - and the 12th worst summer since 1886.

January

Sunshine was well above average - the best since this type of record began to be kept from 1882. Since 1850, only January 1916 has been milder.

February

The 19th equal warmest on record since 1850. There was a wide range of temperatures, from - 4.2C on the 6th to 13.8C on the 2nd - the warmest February day since 1998 when 16.7 deg C was registered.

March

A very mild month, with daily maximum exceeding 10 deg C on no less than 18 days. It was more than 3 deg C warmer than March 2006. Rainfall was low with less than 50% of the normal amount and there were only four days without any sunshine.

April

The warmest on record at Durham since 1850, beating the previous record holder, April 1949, by 0.9 deg C. Only April 17 2003 (24.1 deg C) has been a hotter April day in Durham than April 16 2007. It was only the third time since 1962 that there has been no air frost in April. From the 5th to the 15th, only one day had a maximum below 15 deg C with both the 5th and the 15th above 20 deg C, one of the warmest Easter breaks in Durham.

May

After a glorious April, May felt poor but it still turned out to be above average temperature, mainly because night-time temperatures were well above average.

June

If May was disappointing, June felt worse. Nevertheless, daytime maximum temperatures were exactly average for the time of year. …

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