Area’s wettest start to a year since 1939


THE Daventry area experienced the wettest January since before the Second World War, a local forecaster has said.

Data collected last month by Mike Lewis, who runs Pitsford Weather Station, has revealed that it rained on 27 out of 31 days in January, making it the wettest first month of the year since 1939.

Mr Lewis said he collected 112.8mm of rain which is more than twice the average amount for January.

Rain fell for a total of 95 hours during the month with the wettest day being January 1 when 13.5mm was recorded in a 24-hour period.

The highest temperature recorded was 12.2C on January 5 and the lowest was -2C on January 21. The average temperature was 5.5C.

Mr Lewis said: “January opened with a complex area of low pressure dominating the charts. The main centre of the low was located west of Ireland, but several weather fronts circulated about the central area, including low pressure systems which often intensified to produce strong winds and spells of heavy rain. Apart from on the 2nd, sunshine was in particular short supply.”