July was more sunny and hotter than average

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Last month was hotter and sunnier than most Julys.

The Met Office at Ronaldsway have crunched the numbers for the month.

They say there were 251.6 hours of bright sunshine recorded, compared with the long term mean of 196 hours.

The sunniest day was the 1st, with 14.6 hours but the three consecutive days, 23rd to 25th each had more than 14 hours of continuous sunshine.

The mean maximum temperature for the month measured 19.7°C which was 1.6°C above normal.

The hottest days were the 24th and 25th with maximum temperatures of 26.2 and 26.6°C respectively.

There was 54mm of rain at Ronaldsway, only 3mm below the July average, but much of it fell in short sharp bursts. There were 13 completely dry days. The wettest day was Sunday 27th, when 14mm was recorded, most of which fell in a downpour around 3pm.

There were thunderstorms on the 8th and 18th, the former with funnel clouds observed around central areas and the latter with hail at Ronaldsway.

The warm air over the relatively cold sea also produced sea fog on seven days compared to four days in an average July.

Usually it is only the south and east that is affected but most coasts saw fog during the month.

The mean wind speed measured 10mph compared to the long term mean of 10.9mph with the strongest gusts of 36mph recorded on the 4th.

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