2008 was the equal coldest year (with 2001) at Durham since 1996 (9.3°C). The 12-month average (9.25 to two decimal places) is the lowest since October 2001, and 1.51°C below the maximum 12-month running mean in May 2007. Even so, it was still the 19th warmest year at Durham since 1850! Daytime temperatures were disappointing, in August especially; nevertheless, the maximum for the year (26.1°C on 27th August) was higher than the maximum in 2007. It was a wet year, the wettest year since 2000 with the most rain days since 2002. The total sunshine was a just little above average.
Professor Tim Burt
Department of Geography