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February 2017 was 2.5°C warmer than average, with a maximum temperature of 14.6°C. Rainfall was slightly below average and only 3.5 mm of snow was noted. Winds were average, even though an all-time record wind gust of 50 mph was recorded.

The maximum temperature in the month was 14.6°C recorded at 13:46 on the 20th. This was the second highest February temperature, only beaten by the 15.6°C recorded on February 23rd 2012. The minimum temperature was -1.6°C recorded at 10:25 on the 6th, with the monthly average being 5.6°C, 1.4°C above the mean. This was the second highest February monthly average, beaten only by the 6.0°C recorded in 2011.

The daily average high temperature was 7.9°C (mean 6.8°C), with the daily average low temperature being 3.4°C (mean 1.7°C). The warmest day was the 20th with an average temperature of 11.0°C. The coldest day was the 9th and 10th with average temperatures of 0.9°C. There was only one frost day, on the 6th.

The highest dew point was 12.2°C recorded at 14:27 on the 20th, with the lowest dew point being -2.2°C recorded at 10:25 on the 6th. The average monthly dew point was 4.1°C. The high wind chill was 13.0°C at 14:27 on the 20th, with the lowest wind chill being -2.6°C at 20:18 on the 9th. The monthly wind chill was 4.2°C. There were 29.25 hours of sunshine in the month, with the sunniest day being the 22nd when 5.41 hours were noted.

Rainfall in February totalled 35.2 millimetres and was recorded on 16 days. The total rainfall was slightly below the average for the month and brings the yearly total to 55.8 millimetres. The wettest day was the 27th when 6.4 millimetres was recorded. The highest rain rate occured at 06:47 on the 27th when a rate of 25.8 mm/hr was recorded. Only 3.5 millimetres of snow was recorded on two days.

The average barometric pressure in the month was 1011.3 millibars, with the highest being 1030.7 millibars at 23:06 on the 8th. The lowest pressure was 979.3 millibars at 17:12 on the 27th.

Storm Doris passed over the area on the 23rd bringing with it the highest wind gust ever recorded here. This gust of 50 mph occurred at 13:26. The highest average wind speed was 27 mph at 13:16 on the same day. The average gust speed for the month was 7.6 mph and the average wind speed was 5.1 mph. The average daily maximum gust speed was 21 mph and the average daily maximum wind speed was 11 mph. The total wind run in the month was 3362.0 miles with the predominant direction being 184°

The maximum high solar radiation recorded at 11:17 on the 24th was 657 w/m², the highest so far in 2017. The average solar radiation for the month was 40 w/m². The maximum U. V. Index was 1.2 at 13:02 on the 24th.

Weather Underground graph for February 2017

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