Mar 032020

February 2020 was warmer than average (5.67°C versus an average of 4.26), wetter than average (128.80 mm versus an average total of 35.20) and windier than average (a wind run of 5789 miles versus an average of 3076).

The average temperature for the month was the third highest for February at 5.7°C. This was 1.3°C above the Februsry mean. The highest temperature in the month was 12.8°C at 12:32 on the 9th, with the lowest being -0.9°C at 08:09 on the 6th. This was the only day in the month when the temperature fell below zero. The average daily high temperature was 9.1°C, 1.9°C above the mean. The average daily low temperature was 2.8°C, 1.1°C above the February mean. The warmest day was the 15th with an average temperature of 10.2°C, with the coolest day being the 11th with an average temperature of 3.1°C.

The average wind chill in the month was 3.2°C and the average dew point was 3.4°C. The high dew point was 11.1°C at 12:27 on the 9th. There were 50.2 hours of sunshine in the month, with the sunniest day being the 27th with 6.15 hours of sun recorded. Sunshine hours were 3.1 below the average for February.

Rainfall in the month was 128.8 millimetres recorded on a February record of 26 days. The yearly total of 175.4 millimetres was 198% of the average for the end of February. The wettest day was the 9th when 19.8 millimetres was recorded. The highest rain rate of 209.4 millimetres per hour was recorded at 13:02 on the 9th. This was the highest rain rate recorded here. The only snowfall recorded was on the 10th when 30 millimetres fell. This was the first recorded snowfall since 15 millimetres fell on March 10th 2019. This was the most snowfall in a day since 68 millimetres was recorded on March 18th 2018.

The highest barometric pressure of 1036.6 millibars was at 11:05 on the 5th. The lowest pressure was 975.3 millibars at 12:35 on the 9th. The average pressure in the month was 1005.0 millibars. The highest humidity was 100% and the monthly average humidity was 86%. The lowest humidity was 59% at 13:19 on the 29th.

Wind speeds were higher than average, with the highest wind gust speed of 47 mph being recorded at 08:58 on the 9th. This was the highest gust speed since 50 mph was recorded on February 4th 2017. The maximum wind speed was 26 mph at 13:18 on the 9th. The wind run was 5788.5 miles, 2191.4 miles above the February average, and a record for any month. The average gust speed in the month was 11.8 mph, and the average wind speed was 8.5 mph. The predominant direction was west-south westerly (252°).

The maximum high solar radiation recorded at 12:02 on the 26th was 768 w/m². The average solar radiation for the month was 55 w/m². The highest U.V. Index was 1.0 recorded at 13:00 on the 23rd, the highest since 1.1 was recorded on October 27th 2019.