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  • Location: London
  • Location: London

    Was quite young then, but remember late May being thundery in London, but I might be getting this mixed up with 1985. The stats show May 84 being cold and dull, which doesn’t usually produce thunderstorms.

    The summer holidays were quite hot and sunny at times. Was down in the Isle of Wight in August, and most of the days were warm and sunny. 
     

    We just don’t seem to be able to get Augusts like that anymore.

    Don’t remember much else. 

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  • Location: halifax 125m
  • Weather Preferences: extremes the unusual and interesting facts
  • Location: halifax 125m

    A fantastic year.Lots of snow in Winter,particularly the huge dumping we got in the 3rd week of January,i remember one of the lads from school who said he had lots of snow at his house only to be left speechless when he came to visit at the weekend at out remote hilltop farm to help us dig out the lane.A typical cold 80s spring wich was very dry in these parts which led to a severe water shortage when the hot summer came.Yes what a summer,one of my favourites,the best of the 80s,slightly better than 1989 and only beaten by 1995 and on a par with 2018.Some memorable thunderstorms in July,i remember haymaking one night and the heavens opened just as we got our last load of hay in the barn,about the same time as the one that started the fire at York Minster.All 3 Summer months were great here especially August which was probably pipped by 1995 and on par with 1997 which led to drought conditions here and standpipes on the streets even though they were not used.

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  • Location: Windermere 120m asl
  • Location: Windermere 120m asl
    14 minutes ago, hillbilly said:

    A fantastic year.Lots of snow in Winter,particularly the huge dumping we got in the 3rd week of January,i remember one of the lads from school who said he had lots of snow at his house only to be left speechless when he came to visit at the weekend at out remote hilltop farm to help us dig out the lane.A typical cold 80s spring wich was very dry in these parts which led to a severe water shortage when the hot summer came.Yes what a summer,one of my favourites,the best of the 80s,slightly better than 1989 and only beaten by 1995 and on a par with 2018.Some memorable thunderstorms in July,i remember haymaking one night and the heavens opened just as we got our last load of hay in the barn,about the same time as the one that started the fire at York Minster.All 3 Summer months were great here especially August which was probably pipped by 1995 and on par with 1997 which led to drought conditions here and standpipes on the streets even though they were not used.

    Vague memories only. Jan 84 was very snowy here second half. The spring summer period was very dry and often very warm. Pictures of scorched brown park.. only other time this has happened was summer 95.

    Don't think the autumn and December was anything special. 

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  • Location: Cheshire
  • Location: Cheshire

    Ref the dry spring, the south east of England missed out big time during the Spring Bank Holiday weekend c/o a stationary low pressure system, with continuous rainfall setting some sort of record which had lasted from 1903. We were camping over the weekend and it was awful, with the sun only making an appearance on the last (Tuesday) afternoon. What made it worse was that the rest of the country was enjoying blue skies and dry conditions. A bit like the floods of September 1968 but with less overall rainfall.

    Late May was v thundery in the south east in 1985 rather than 1984.

    I recall the summer of 1984 being v nice, but possibly not as hot as 1983. The two summers of 1983 and 1984 were great, a pity about what followed in 1985!   

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  • Location: Windermere 120m asl
  • Location: Windermere 120m asl
    3 hours ago, A Face like Thunder said:

    Ref the dry spring, the south east of England missed out big time during the Spring Bank Holiday weekend c/o a stationary low pressure system, with continuous rainfall setting some sort of record which had lasted from 1903. We were camping over the weekend and it was awful, with the sun only making an appearance on the last (Tuesday) afternoon. What made it worse was that the rest of the country was enjoying blue skies and dry conditions. A bit like the floods of September 1968 but with less overall rainfall.

    Late May was v thundery in the south east in 1985 rather than 1984.

    I recall the summer of 1984 being v nice, but possibly not as hot as 1983. The two summers of 1983 and 1984 were great, a pity about what followed in 1985!   

    Good summers came in twos..

    75-76, 83-84, 89-90, then a 3.. 94-96, a 4.. 03-06.. 

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  • Location: London
  • Location: London
    1 hour ago, damianslaw said:

    Good summers came in twos..

    75-76, 83-84, 89-90, then a 3.. 94-96, a 4.. 03-06.. 

    I disagree with the 94-96 and 00s comparisons.

    I only rate 94/95 and 2003/06 as decent.

    96, 2004, and 05 all contained poor or mediocre summer months.

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  • Location: Ossett, West Yorkshire
  • Location: Ossett, West Yorkshire
    49 minutes ago, Sunny76 said:

    I disagree with the 94-96 and 00s comparisons.

    I only rate 94/95 and 2003/06 as decent.

    96, 2004, and 05 all contained poor or mediocre summer months.

    Summer 2004 was a fairly warm but wet summer - especially August - but summer 2005 was a bit drier and more settled as well as being on the warm side.  Summer 1996 was a fairly dry and often settled though at 14.4, 16.5 and 16.5, the CETs were nothing particularly warm, just fairly average to slightly above.

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  • Location: Windermere 120m asl
  • Location: Windermere 120m asl
    7 minutes ago, North-Easterly Blast said:

    Summer 2004 was a fairly warm but wet summer - especially August - but summer 2005 was a bit drier and more settled as well as being on the warm side.  Summer 1996 was a fairly dry and often settled though at 14.4, 16.5 and 16.5, the CETs were nothing particularly warm, just fairly average to slightly above.

    Overall summers 96, 04 and 05 in comparison to 92-93, 97-02 and 07-12 were quite good hence the grouping but yes not on a par with 94-95 03-06 but a whole lot better than the ones mentioned.. just my perspective. For consistency I should group 91 with 89-90 as well despite the poor June, July and August cancelled out the poor start. 

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  • Location: Dundee
  • Weather Preferences: Snow, thunderstorms, gales. All extremes except humidity.
  • Location: Dundee

    My memories of 1984 are dominated by the extreme wintry spell in January and early February. 60 cms of snow in my home area in Perthshire with temps down to -20C and around 30 cms even here nearer the East coast from a PM source as depressions tracked through the central parts of the UK. The best PM sourced snow in my lifetime. It was however a Wintry spell that particularly hit the Northern half of the UK.

    From Trevor Harley weather "It was very cold in Scotland: there was a minimum of -23.6C at Grantown-on-Spey on the morning of the 20th, and -20.6C at Aviemore, followed by a maximum of only -8C at Tummel Bridge the next day. More snow in the north on the 21st. On the 23rd snow lay 65 cm deep in parts of Scotland, with many places cut off. Snow lay for 30 days of the month at Kindrogan, 20 days at Glasgow and Edinburgh, but only 6 at Manchester , and just one in London. Another tornado, with large hail, hit Teignmouth on the 26th. It was milder than average in the south."

    A very warm and sunny April and a decent Summer followed but nothing else memorable for me.

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  • Location: Edmonton Alberta(via Chelmsford, Exeter & Calgary)
  • Weather Preferences: Sunshine and 15-25c
  • Location: Edmonton Alberta(via Chelmsford, Exeter & Calgary)
    8 hours ago, damianslaw said:

    Good summers came in twos..

    75-76, 83-84, 89-90, then a 3.. 94-96, a 4.. 03-06.. 

    96 was a pretty average summer 94 had a hot July..2004 was pretty average also and 2005 albeit had nice hot spell in June 

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  • Location: London
  • Location: London

    I think November that year had a couple of 21c days, which at the time would have been a record. 
     

    We had to wait until 1994, until temps were just as mild in the early part of the month. 

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  • Location: London
  • Location: London
    26 minutes ago, Weather-history said:

    I wouldn't call 2004, a good summer. Mid June to mid July was poor and August was very wet.

    That’s what I remember most about 04. It was warm and humid for a time in August, with an overnight storm in London, but the middle part of the summer was quite cool, and at the time, it was the poorest since the 1980s.

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

    1984 was the year I was born, so I don't specifically remember the weather that happened, but that January has always stood out for me as a particularly exciting-sounding month, with its high frequency of thunder as well as being snowy from the north Midlands northwards.  At Waddington thundersnow was reported twice during the month (on the 3rd and 26th), also with thunder accompanying sleet on the 14th, and the period 21st-23rd was particularly snowy, in a synoptic setup quite similar to that of 5-7 February 1996.  April 1984 stands out for its high sunshine totals, warm days and cold nights, and July & August for generally warm sunny weather.  September to December 1984 don't stand out for me as particularly interesting looking months.  The autumn was very wet in some parts of the country.

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  • Location: Bacup Lancashire, 1000ft up in the South Pennines
  • Weather Preferences: Summer heat and winter cold, and a bit of snow when on offer
  • Location: Bacup Lancashire, 1000ft up in the South Pennines

    My memories are a cold and snowy winter leading into a dry spring with a frequent nagging easterly breeze which made it cold at times and then mainly dry sunny and warm across the summer months.

    My missus and myself started going out together around late spring and the summer seemed to be night after night of going for a drive and maybe a calling at a pub or just for a walk when we fancied a change.

    good times with plenty of way of money and little in the way of ties and Frankie Goes to Hollywood at number one for what seemed like months

    sorry that last bit wasn’t enjoyable

     

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