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13th February 1998: 19.7C


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  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam

Mid February 1998 saw an exceptional mild spell as tropical maritime air flooded most parts of the UK.

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Here are some remarkable maxima that was recorded on the 13th of that month.

Worcester: 19.7C

Aberdeen: 15.8C

Bedford: 17C

Belfast: 14.9C

Birmingham Airport: 16C

Cardiff Airport: 14C

Coventry Airport: 16C

Glasgow Airport: 14.3C

Gravesend-Broadness: 19C

Hawarden: 17.3C

Liverpool Airport: 16C

London Weather Centre: 19.1C

London Gatwick: 17C

London Heathrow: 18.6C

Manchester Airport: 16.5C

Northolt: 18.7C

Nottingham: 17C

Pershore: 16.9C

Rhyl: 14.5C

The CET for 10th-16th February 1998: 10.4C

By contrast the CET for 10th-16th April 1998: 3.9C

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  • Location: Yorkshire Puddin' aka Kirkham, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
  • Weather Preferences: cold winters, cold springs, cold summers and cold autumns
  • Location: Yorkshire Puddin' aka Kirkham, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom

Talking of mild spells in February. I had a bad dream the other night. I dreamed that when the recent cold spell ended - a record max of 20.5C/69F was forcasted for Southampton on the 9th of February!

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

I remember February 1998 well. In Cleadon we'd had a spell of mild dull weather from the 8th to 12th, with maxima of 12-14C, and minima of 8-10C, but the 13th was a sunny day, and the temperature rose to 16.6C- massively above anything I've recorded in any other February. I remember my dad saying "This is un-naturally warm for February!" Not everywhere experienced the exceptionally mild and sunny weather though; I remember reports of exceptional rainfall from the western Highlands.

I recall having a dream around mid-February 1998 that there would be attempts at a breakdown to the mild weather from the NW on the 23rd-26th, but that these would fail and would merely turn it cloudier in the southeast. Then, cold north-westerly winds and wintry showers would set in on the 27th/28th. One of those dreams where when it came to the end of the month, and snow showers were falling on a NW'ly airflow, I was left thinking "I dreamt that this would happen..."

Whenever I think February 1998, the phrase "pints of mild" always comes into my head- probably because an old member of the BBC boards called AnotherPintOfMild kept referring to the month.

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  • Location: Irlam
  • Location: Irlam

What am I talking about, Greenwich recorded 19.7C not Worcester. I think it was Barbourne near Worcester recorded 19.6C :)

I'm not 100% sure if there is some dispute over those figures.

Tivington recorded 19.1C on Valentine's Day 1998

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