Mar 012021

February 2021 was warmer than average (4.70°C versus an average of 4.37), wetter than average (51.20 mm versus an average total of 44.51) and calmer than average (a wind run of 3316 miles versus an average of 3403).

The first half of the month was very cold with frosts recorded on 8 successive nights (7th – 14th). The lowest temperature was -4.1°C, recorded at 01:42 on the 11th. On the 13th, the maximum temperature was only -0.1 °C, the lowest daily maximum since -0.7°C was recorded on March 18th 2018. In the second half of the month, the temperatures recovered drastically, reaching a high of 15.2°C, recorded at 13:18 on the 24th, the highest since 15.7°C was recorded on November 2nd 2020. The average daily high temperature was 7.7°C, with the average low daily temperature being 1.9°C. The monthly average was 4.7°C, 0.3°C above the February mean.

The warmest day was the 24th with an average temperature of 12.9°C. There were 10 frost days in the month. The average wind chill was 3.0°C, and the average dew point was 2.6°C. The sunniest day was 28th with 6.32 hours and there were 18.65 sunshine hours in the month.

Rainfall in the month was 51.2 millimetres recorded on 19 days. The yearly total was 145.6 millimetres, 162% of the average for the end of February. The wettest day was the 2nd with 14.4 millimetres. The highest rain rate of 19.8 millimetres per hour was recorded at 18:05 on the 16th. Snow was recorded on four days and totalled 47.0 millimetres.

The highest barometric pressure of 1041.5 millibars was at 11:49 on the 27th, the highest since 1041.9 millibars was recorded on March 29th 2020. The lowest pressure was 968.4 millibars at 20:40 on the 2nd. The average pressure in the month was 1012.8 millibars. The highest humidity was 100% and the monthly average humidity was 87%. The lowest humidity was 52% at 14:06 on the 13th.

Wind speeds were lower than average, with the highest wind gust speed of 30 mph being recorded at 17:20 on the 23rd. The maximum wind speed was 15 mph at 17:08 on the 18th. The wind run was 3316.5 miles, 257.2 miles below the February average. The average gust speed in the month was 7.3 mph, and the average wind speed was 5.01 mph. The predominant direction was southerly (169°).

The maximum high solar radiation recorded at 12:15 on the 26th was 724 w/m². The average solar radiation for the month was 56 w/m². The highest U.V. Index was 1.2 recorded at 12:02 on the 28th, the highest since October 14th 2020, when 1.4 was recorded.

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