A cool summer

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THIS summer was the coolest summer on record since 1998.

The latest Met Office figures show the average daytime maximum temperature for June to August was 16.7C.

The hottest summers on record are 1995 with an average maximum of 19.5C and 1976 with 18.9 C.

A Met Office spokesman said August was ‘dominated by a cool Atlantic airstream rather than the warm continental one that would be preferred at this time of year’.

At Ronaldsway, the average daytime maximum temperature was 17.1C, 1C below the August average.

August 4 was the hottest day, when the temperature reached 18.8C – the lowest August maximum since 1986. But often cloudy skies meant there were no very cold nights – the lowest minimum temperature recorded at the airport was 9 C on August 22.

There was 55.9mm of rainfall compared with the long-term average of 65.3mm. The wettest day was August 10th with 10.8mm.

There were 166 hours of bright sunshine, 11 per cent below normal. August 17 was the sunniest day with 13.6 hours.

The average wind speed was 11mph, slightly below average. The strongest wind was on August 8 with gusts of 43mph.

There were three days with fog and heavy showers on August 25 deposited some hail.

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