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  • Location: Skirlaugh, East Yorkshire
  • Location: Skirlaugh, East Yorkshire

Hedon, East Yorkshire.

January 2006

Warmest Max: 10.9°C (on 19/01/06)

Coldest Max: 3.3°C (on 23/01/06)

Warmest Min: 7.9°C (on 19/01/06)

Coldest Min: -1.9°C (on 24/01/06)

Average Max: 6.86°C (-0.04°C Below 1971-2000 Average)

Average Min: 2.23°C (+0.73°C Above 1971-2000 Average)

Overall Average: 4.55°C (+0.35°C Above 1971-2000 Average)

Rain: 24.9mm (49% Of Normal)

Air Frosts: 3 (Below 1971-2000 Average of 7.7)

Snow showers: 0

Snow lying at 0900: 0 days

Dry Days: 18

Wet Days: 13

Days With Rain >1.0mm: 7

Thunderstorms: 0

Another completely snowless January, the second in a row. It was also a relatively frostless month, with only 3 recorded on the 22nd, 24th and 28th. It was also extremely dull and dry, with sunshine on only 8 days of the month and more dry days than wet.

Overall, it was a boring, dull and anticylonic month, with only a short spell mid-month when milder but sunnier weather moved in. The breakdown of this setup saw some rain, before the final days of the month returned to the all too familiar gloom.

Temperature-wise it was slightly above average, though this meant the coldest January since 2001. The cause of the above average temperatures was mainly due to high minimas, a result of the almost constant cloud cover. The mildest day was the 19th, which saw a maxima of 10.9°C and minima of 7.9°C.

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Merthyr Tydfil, SE Wales


Highest max: 10.9c on 18th

Lowest max: 2.0c on 6th and 8th

Lowest min: -4.7 on 24th

Highest min: 8.4 on 18th


Average max: 6.3c (0.2c above Wales average)

Average min: 1.2c (0.3c above Wales average)

Overall average: 3.7 (0.1c above Wales average)


Air frosts: 13

Rain: Not measured, but very little

Snow: No lying snow and no falling snow at all.

In summary, chilly compared with recent Jans, dry with slightly below average amounts of sunshine. Little wind and no snow. Plenty of frost.

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  • Location: Swansea (West)
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, Thunderstorms, Hot Summer days
  • Location: Swansea (West)

My Stats for the month of January

Highest Max: 11.6°c on 18th Jan

Lowest Max: 3.7°c on 6th Jan

Highest Min: 8.8°c on 19th Jan

Lowest Min: -5.6°c on 25th Jan

Overall Average: 4.82°c

Max Average: 7.82°c

Min Average: 1.81°c

The Overall average was down 2.5° on 2005, the maximum temperature average was down 1.7° on 2005, while the minimum average was down 3.3° on 2005

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  • Location: Warminster, Wiltshire
  • Location: Warminster, Wiltshire

Think I'll need to start long term averages going from this year onwards. The 3rd January of recordings here in Westbury, Wiltshire (2nd with rainfall). Previous stats are in brackets for 2005, 2004 respectively.

Average max = 6.12c (7.58c, 6.90c)

Average min = 0.25c (3.58c, 3.10c)

Mean = 3.18c ( 5.58c, 5c)

Highest = 13c on 18th (12c, 12c)

Lowest = -5c on 25th (-3c, -4c)

Dry days = 17

Precipitation days = 14 of which snow/sleet = 4

Rainfall = 24.5mm (27.5mm)

-So we have comfortably the coldest January I have so far recorded with anomalies being the 13c which is the highest recorded and -5c being the lowest of the 3 years : kind of balances things out really :) .

-I didn't notice until just now that January 2005 was so dry too with only 3mm more than this year :) , maybe a pattern developing? Will comment in the thread I started yesterday in Winter Discussion.

- The low mean is certainly caused by the last 10 days which had an average max of 4.30c, an average min of -3.6c and therefore a mean of 0.35c!!

I love stats :D .

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  • Location: Cleeve, North Somerset
  • Weather Preferences: Continental winters & summers.
  • Location: Cleeve, North Somerset

January 2006 was a dry and dull month here in Bristol overall.

After some cracking thunderstorms with impressive hail and driving rain on New Year's Eve, New Year's Day was mainly dull and. It stayed predominantly dry during teh first week, barring some rain on the 3rd and more notably the 5th. It grew colder by the 6th and sno flurries became present on the 7th and increasingly so by the end of the day. By the 8th it turned very dull and damp with drizzle.

The new week started cold with overnight lows of around 0-2C. The 9th and 10th were cold and dry before heavy rain and strong winds arrived overnight on the 10th. That left the 11th mostly dry and sunny and the 12th dry and fine with sunshine too. The 13th saw anotehr front bring showers and persistent rain overnight but clearing to give a fine weekend on the 14th and 15th.

There was a notable wet spell between the 16th and 18th when much of the month's rain fell. Later on in the week, it turned drier and more settled as pressure rose. The 21st and 22nd were glorious days with overnight frosts but highs up to 11 and 12C.

The week commencing the 23rd saw anticyclonic conditions and increasingly cold winds as they blew from the east. It was again rather dull for much of the time. As the week progressed, there were a few flurries of sleet and snow, mainly on the 27th, but that was followed by a gorgeous weekend.

Ending the month, there was a great deal of cloud adn gloom and low temperatures as highs were only touching 5C.

Average Temperature - 3.2C

Monthly Rainfall - 52.6mm

Only half the rainfall expected as the average figure of rainfall for Yatton, Nortn Somerset since 1980 is 113.4mm. Around average temperatures but definitely did not feel like it at times. No thunderstorms! :)

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  • Location: South Derbyshire nr. Burton on Trent, Midlands, UK: alt 262 feet
  • Weather Preferences: Extreme winter cold,heavy bowing snow,freezing fog.Summer 2012
  • Location: South Derbyshire nr. Burton on Trent, Midlands, UK: alt 262 feet

January 2006 Report.

The first couple of days of the month saw high pressure to the south of the BI, so the weather was quiet with average temperatures here, on the 3rd the high started to transfer north to amalgamate with high pressure over Scandinavia, bringing colder cloudy raw easterly winds, this anticyclonic gloomy weather persisted until the 10th when low pressure approached from the west bringing a welcome change to breezy conditions with some rain. After the rain, skies cleared and I recorded a frost here on the evening of the 11th / 12th.

From the 13th to the 15th pressure was relatively high, though here in Burton the weather was rather cloudy and featureless.

An unsettled mild spell of weather set in from the 16th to the 20th with strong southwest winds at times.

The 21st saw pressure rising once more and this brightened the sky for a short time here in Burton, but this only lead to frost and freezing fog the following night.

This began a long settled cloudy period of weather, which was mostly on the cold side especially from the 27th to the 30th with fresh easterly winds here in Burton, I recorded frosts over 9 consecutive nights, although minimums never fell below –2c, as there was often to much wind and cloud around.


Most of the month was dominated by high pressure, it was never very cold, and only a couple of days during the month were mild, sunshine amounts were small, it was an extremely dry January.


Average maximum temperature = 6.1c

Average minimum temperature = 2.4c

Mean temperature = 4.26c +0.06c above the CET average.

Warmest day on the 19th = 10.7c

Coldest day on the 6th = 2.7c

Warmest night on the 19th = 8.6c

Coldest night on the 25th = -1.8c

Ground Frosts = 12

Air frost = 4

Days of snow = 0

Days of lying snow = 0

Rainfall total = 12 mm


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  • Location: Tonbridge, Kent
  • Location: Tonbridge, Kent

Tonbridge, Kent

January became the 12th out of 14 consecutive months to bring below average rainfall here. The month was very dry - although only the driest January since 1997 - and the total rain/snow amount of 20.3mm was only 25% of average. It was also a cool month in spite of many overcast and gloomy nights which prevented air frosts but lying snow was negligible and very short lived. There was very little sunshine before the 20th, and really rather a drab month.


Highest max: 10.6ºC on 18th

Lowest max: 2.3ºC on 23rd

Lowest min: -4.8ºC on 25th

Highest min: 8.4ºC on 19th


Average max: 6.5ºC (0.6ºC below average*)

Average min: 3.0ºC (0.3ºC above average*)

Monthly mean: 4.5ºC

Air frosts: 5


Rain: 20.3mm (25% of average*)

Wettest day: 8th (5.1mm)

Snow: Snowfall observed on three days, lying snow cover <5mm and a few hours only


Wind Speed: high gust 26mph, 20th

Wind Direction: SSW Dominant then N then SE


Sunshine: 18.9 hours measured with limited sensor exposure, estimate 37 - 42 hrs monthly total (below average)

Sunniest Day: was 29th with close to 100% of possible.

* average at this site 1984 - 2005

Monthly stats here: http://www.tonbridge-weather.org.uk/2006/jan2006.htm

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  • Location: Sheffield South Yorkshire 160M Powering the Sheffield Shield
  • Weather Preferences: Any Extreme
  • Location: Sheffield South Yorkshire 160M Powering the Sheffield Shield
  • Location: Wigan 259 ft ASL where it always rains
  • Weather Preferences: Hot Sun ,Snow and Cold
  • Location: Wigan 259 ft ASL where it always rains

My CET is 4.64c (Oregan scientific,not in a screen but about 6ft off the ground sheltered from any direct sunlight or rain)

Only 9 days that had any sort of Precipitation (Rain/Drizzle)

Warmest daytime max 19th =11.8c

Coldest Nightime min 29th = -3.7c

Coldest daytime max 5th and 23rd=2.8c

Warmest Nightime min= 18th =9.2C

I know it's not very professional but it's all i've got

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  • Location: Derbyshire Peak District. 290 mts a.s.l.
  • Weather Preferences: Anything extreme
  • Location: Derbyshire Peak District. 290 mts a.s.l.

January 2006 summary.

Mean max'......4.5c.. (0.0c 1971-2000 av')

Mean min'.......1.4c.. (+1.0c)

Highest max'...9.4c.. 19th

Lowest max'....0.2c...23rd

Highest min'....7.2c....19th

Lowest min'.....-1.4c....23rd

Lowest grass min'......-3.0c...25th


Wettest day...22.0mm....10th

Rain days........11

Sunshine...........34.45 hrs.....(62%)

Sunniest day.......7.12 hrs.....28th

Sunless days........16

Sleet/snow falling.....4 days

Snow lying at 0900....1 day

Air frost....................11

Ground frost.............14


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  • Location: Exeter, Devon, England
  • Location: Exeter, Devon, England

Leavenheath, South Suffolk at 60m ASL

JANUARY 2006: Dull, anticyclonic, very dry. Average temperatures. No lying snow.


Scenes common during January as anticyclonic gloom lingered; anemometer cast against overcast skies.

A very dry month with very little rainfall at all. It was the driest month since August 2003 (the driest month on record) with just 12mm recorded. After an unsettled start with light rain showers, high pressure asserted itself to the NE over Scandinavia and remained dominating across Europe for much of the month. This allowed a cold continental flow to establish at times, notably around the 7th, 8th and also on the 24th when the mean temperature was just above -2C, although much of the frigid air was kept over the continent. Weak frontal systems from the Atlantic pushed through at times, especially from the 17th to the 20th, but high pressure soon reasserted itself close to or over the UK.

Despite the dominance of high pressure, it was not a particuarly frosty month with mean overnight temperatures almost a degree above average. However this was more than compensated by dull, anticyclonic gloom by day which held temperatures 0.5C below the expected average and brought mean temperatures for the month just below the 1971-2000 average.


Mean: 3.8C (-0.4C)

Lowest in record: 3.0C, 2001; Highest in record: 5.2C, 2002

Maximum temperature : 9.9C (19)

Lowest Maxima : 1.9C (24)

Average Maxima : 5.8C (-0.5C)

Minimum temperature : -4.2C (25)

Highest Minima : 7.5C (19)

Average Minima : 1.6C (+0.9C)


Total rainfall : 12.0mm (24%) *2nd driest in record, record low for month of January.

Max 24h total : 2.2mm (17)

Days with >1mm : 5 (-6)

Graph of temperature and rainfall for January 2006: http://img481.imageshack.us/img481/5559/january20067hg.jpg

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  • Location: Nr Appleby in Westmorland
  • Location: Nr Appleby in Westmorland

Great Asbo, Jan 2006.

Average daily maximum: 5.3º (last year 7.0º)

Highest daily maximum: 19th Jan, 9.6º (10.4º)

Lowest daily maximum: 31st Jan, -1.4º (0.0º)

Average daily minimum: 0.3º (2.3º)

Highest daily minimum: 19th Jan, 7.8º (7.0º)

Lowest daily minimum: 30th Jan, -7.3º (-4.7º)

Mean temperature: 3.1º (4.7º)

No. air frosts: 16 (6)

Total rainfall: 85.0mm (251.6mm)

No. wet days: 20 (17)

Wettest day: Jan 10th, 35.8mm (90mm)

Highest wind gust: 20th Jan, 52mph (63mph)

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  • Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire
  • Weather Preferences: Sunshine, convective precipitation, snow, thunderstorms, "episodic" months.
  • Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

January 2006 summary for Cleadon, Tyne & Wear:

(Tentative 1971-2000 averages are put up, based on a comparison of Cleadon's climate to Durham's spanning over 10 years)

Mean Max: 6.6C (0.0)

Mean Min: 1.7C (+0.3)

Mean Temp: 4.2C (+0.2)

Highest Max: 12.0C (10th)

Lowest Max: 0.7C (31st)

Highest Min: 6.4C (19th)

Lowest Min: -4.8C (31st)

Air frosts: 6 (10)

Pressure: 1020.9mb

Precipitation: 30mm (55% of normal)

Falling sleet: 2 (no snow or hail)

Gale: 1 (20th)

Overall, it was the coolest January since 2001, but surprisingly it was not as dry as the preceding January. Sunshine was below average, since I don't have a sunshine recorder I can't give a "dullest since" but it certainly wasn't as dull as January 1996.

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  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks
  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks

I'm disappointed because I cannot give a January report.

Got all the data to the 22nd then the auto wx stn packed up, while I was away skiing, or rather it seems, the data logger communicating to the computer. Same probelm at the moment so probably nothing for February either as I was away the first 4 days.

good to read your reports though.



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  • Location: Scrabster Caithness (the far north of Scotland)
  • Location: Scrabster Caithness (the far north of Scotland)

And I just found mine :lol: :lol: BTW stupide Question time ... what's this bit? Growing degrees days : -47.2 °C

Averages\Extremes for the month of January to 31 2006


Average temperature 4.0 °C

Average humidity 82 %

Average dewpoint 1.2 °C

Average barometer 1014 mb

Average windspeed 9.3 mph

Average gustspeed 11.2 mph

Average direction 163 ° (SSE)

Rainfall for month 23.4 mm

Rainfall for year 23.4 mm


Maximum rain per minute 0.5 mm on day 29 at time 13:06

Maximum temperature 11.6 °C on day 19 at time 13:36

Minimum temperature -4.8 °C on day 31 at time 06:26

Maximum humidity 91 % on day 01 at time 10:12

Minimum humidity 43 % on day 06 at time 21:52

Maximum pressure 1034.9 mb on day 26 at time 21:41

Minimum pressure 979.6 mb on day 10 at time 19:06

Maximum windspeed 48.3 mph from 195° on day 10 at time 22:32

Maximum gust speed 61.0 mph from 191° on day 10 at time 22:17

Maximum heat index 11.6 °C on day 19 at time 13:36

Growing degrees days : -47.2 °C


Daily rain totals

3.1 mm on day 2

1.0 mm on day 3

1.0 mm on day 10

0.5 mm on day 13

0.5 mm on day 16

5.6 mm on day 17

0.5 mm on day 18

1.5 mm on day 19

5.1 mm on day 20

0.5 mm on day 22

0.5 mm on day 23

1.0 mm on day 24

2.0 mm on day 28

0.5 mm on day 29

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  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks
  • Location: just south of Doncaster, Sth Yorks

I've just read through all that are in so far. Of course some have not got any long term averages so it makes it difficult to have a 'good' picture of how January has been.

Overall, using the Net Wx observations so far in it would suggest

About average in terms of temperature, from slightly below to a little above, not much snow, and very little rain.

If the Met Office look at these figures I suspect they would be quietly fairly pleased with their September prediction for the winter so far.



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