Temperature reaches 38.1°C in August, with sea at almost 29°C
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August’s highest air temperature reached 38.1°C on the first Sunday of the month, with the month delivering mean air and sea temperatures that were 1.2°C and 1.5°C higher than the climatic norm for this time of year, the Met Office said today.
The 38.1°C peak was 5.7°C lower than the most extreme August temperature on record, which the Met Office said was registered back in 1999, and slightly lower than last July’s hottest temperature.
21.1°C was the lowest minimum temperature recorded on the fifteenth day, bringing a welcome mid-month break from August’s wave of sultry weather, with the 23rd of August the month’s only rainy day, producing a total of 4mm of precipitation.
Sea temperatures recorded ranged between 26°C and 28.7°C, with a mean surface temperature standing at 27.3°C.
August days were bathed in an average of 10.8 hours of daily sunshine. Moreover, at 0.8 oktas, the mean cloud cover for the month was lower than the norm of 1.2 oktas, the Met Office remarked.
The brightest day was recorded on the 25th of August, enjoying a full 12.3 hours of sunshine, the dullest day was the 12th of August, during which the sun shone for 6.3 hours.
The Me Office said that the month was not as windy as expected, with the average wind speed blowing at 6 knots rather than the norm of 6.5 knots.
Photograph by Alain Salvary