323.7 hours of sunshine recorded in June, with a high of 31.4°C

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323.7 hours of sunshine recorded in June, with a high of 31.4°CIt might have been the first day of summer, but the sunshine that started off the day in June, eventually gave way to thunder and rain, taking many by surprise, the Met Office said today.

It noted that this is not a completely uncommon occurrence, with meteorological records showing that five out of the past 10 summers all got off to a wet start.

The 11.8 mm of precipitation on that day went over the climate norm by 7.8 mm, making the month considerably wetter than expected.

On the twelfth day in June the mercury shot up to the month’s highest maximum of 31.4°C, the Met Office said, with the month’s lowest minimum temperature of 18.2°C recorded precisely two weeks later.

The average sea surface temperature was 1.2°C higher than expected at this time of year at 22.7°C.

There was an average of 10.8 hours of sunshine each in June, peaking at 13.2 hours on the twenty-sixth day of the month.

The month was windier than the climate norm, with the wind speed averaging at 9.4 knots rather than the expected 7.6 knots.

It was particularly blustery note during the last week of June, with a maximum gust of 42 knots blowing from a north by west direction recorded on Monday 25th June. The day also accounted for one of the two thunder occurrences reported by the Meteorological Office.

Photograph by Alain Salvary

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