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Hot, dry September breaks records

 

September was something of a record-breaking month, with dry, warm and calm weather through most of it.

 

There were only two days with measurable rain, which is the fewest on record.

 

The driest September on record was a distinct possibility, but a couple of millimetres on the very last day scuppered that.

 

Even so, the Met Office says 4.4mm is not a lot at all, and is the second driest behind September 1986, which had 3.2mm.

 

The Met Office says the mean daily maximum temperature was 18C, just beating the previous record from 2006.

 

The highest temperature recorded at Ronaldsway last month was 20.7C, which is the highest September temperature since 2005.

 

There were 162.6 hours of bright sunshine burned onto the cards, which is the most since 1996.

 

The best day was September 7, with 12.1 hours.

 

Wind speeds were unusually low, with a mean of just 8.2 knots – the lowest since 2002.

 

There was no hail, thunder, or fog observed at the Met Office over the course of the month.

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