July temperatures reached high of 35.7°C, with 363 hours of sunshine

July temperatures reached high of 35.7°C, with 363 hours of sunshine

July’s air temperature went from a minimum of 20.2°C at the beginning of the month to a high of 35.7°C with 363 hours of sunshine recorded for the month with mainly clear skies, the Met Office said today.

The average sea temperature in July was a full 0.9°C higher than the norm of 24.7°C.

19 days in July registered a maximum air temperature that exceeded the climate norm of 31.6°C. However, last month’s maximum temperature came nowhere near close to the highest July temperature on record, registered back in 1988 when the mercury shot up to a blistering 42.7°C.

The Met Office noted that the mean cloud cover for July was 0.8 oktas, which is slightly lower than the norm. The twenty-eighth day of July was exceptionally bright, clocking up 13.9 hours of sunshine.

With 6.4 hours of sunshine recorded, the 23rd of July was last month’s dullest day. It also accounted for the month’s maximum gust of 32 knots, which blew from a north-west by north direction.

July was windier than the climate norm, with the wind speed averaging at 7.5 knots rather than 6.8 knots.

Fog was reported on three separate days during the first week of July, and dew, which amounted to 0.6 mm, was also measured on three July days.

Photograph by Alain Salvary

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