July 2021 Monthly Report – Warm with a good dry spell

July 2021 turned out well. The first week proved to be very wet, with the bulk of the month’s final rainfall falling this week. There was 48.5mm recorded altogether in what was a very short unseasonal spell. High pressure then built in to give us a sustained spell of warm, dry and sunny weather for the next three weeks. The temperature reached at least 20 degC on 24 days, and eight of those went as high as 25 degC (including 6 days consecutively from 16th-21st, making it an official Durham ‘heatwave’). The maximum was a hot 29.3 degC on the …

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July 2020 – Disappointingly dull with no real summer weather

July 2020 – Disappointingly dull with no real summer weather July 2020 can best be described as ‘disappointing’. The hottest part of the year never really got going in Durham. It took until the 12th July for the 20 degC mark to be breached for the first time. When it did, it stayed in the lower 20’s. The only day it crossed the 25 degC threshold was on the last day which was phenomenally hot. At 31.0 degC, the last day made it into the history books as the 3rd warmest day on record Nationally. The temperature rose to 37.8 …

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July 2019 – A real mixture of everything meteorological

The weather of Durham in July 2019 was a real mixture. The first week was very pleasant and dry, with temperatures hovering around the 20-22 degC mark. It got a little warmer toward the middle of the month, as we’d expect, but also slightly more unsettled. A few days peaked at over 25 degC, namely 10th, 11th and 16th. Nothing exceptional though, just typical July weather. What came next was extraordinary. Air began to arrive from North Africa. Europe sweltered and several records were broken. In the UK, temperatures soared. The short heatwave of July 22nd-26th was one of the …

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July 2006 – The warmest month on record.

July 2006 This month has created history as it is the warmest month on record. The records go back to 1850 at Durham, and this month has beaten July 1983 to the highest monthly mean temperature. To put things into perspective, the average temperature for July 2006 is 2 degC above that recorded as an average for July 1976, a year which was previously regarded as being the best summer in living memory. There have been only three days that haven’t reached 20 degC in the month, and the 14 days consecutively over 25 degC since 16th is an extraordinary …

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