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1959 Dry, Sunny and Warm. A Prolonged Good Summer
In the year that the revolutionary leader Fidel Castro became President of Cuba, the Dalai Lama fled into exile from Tibet, Archbishop Makarios became President of a newly independent Cyprus, and the first stretch of the M1 motorway was opened in England. In the music world, an air crash claimed the life of Buddy Holly and the UK charts were dominated by Cliff Richard who spent a total of 11 weeks at Number One with 2 hits; 'Living Doll' and 'Travellin' Light'.
Weather Notes:-
28th February - Maximum temperatures between 18 and 19°C were recorded in several parts of London, including Kensington and Greenwich.
11th July - Hindolveston (Norfolk) had a 20 minute rainfall total of over 63mm.
10th October - First measurable rain for between 57 and 59 days over parts of Eastern England, including Finningley (near Doncaster, South Yorkshire) and Lowestoft (Suffolk).

In London...
 Temperature11.5°C  Rainfall433.3 mm  Warmest 32.9°C
 Sunshine1852 hrs   Coldest -4.7°C

January Very sunny and rather cold with near average rainfall.
 Mean Temperature  2.9°C  
 Monthly Highest 10.8°C  Total Rain 54 mm
 Monthly Lowest -4.7°C Total Sun 80 hrs

The first 3 weeks of January were unsettled but between rain bands it was often sunny. However, there were some showers, these occasionally wintry with thunder. Temperatures were mostly below normal with many frosty nights. On the 14th, the maximum failed to rise above 0.6°C. Towards the end of the third week it became milder for a while, and on the 20th nearly 10mm of rain fell. The last week of the month was colder again, and after the 23rd, it was dry.

February - Very dry with below average sunshine and slightly above normal temperatures.
 Mean Temperature  4.5°C  
 Monthly Highest 16.2°C  Total Rain  2 mm
 Monthly Lowest -1.4°C Total Sun 59 hrs

The beginning of February was rather cloudy and cold, but no measurable rain fell during the first 11 days. On the 8th, the highest temperature was only 3.0°C. Temperatures rose during the second week, and after mid month it was mostly mild, although a frost occurred early on the 19th. On the 21st, over 1.5mm of rain fell, 1 of only 3 occasions when measurable rain fell. The end of February was very mild and sunny, with an afternoon high above 16°C. on the 28th.

March - Mild with above average rainfall and below normal sunshine.
 Mean Temperature  8.2°C  
 Monthly Highest 16.0°C  Total Rain  40 mm
 Monthly Lowest  2.1°C Total Sun 109 hrs

There was some dry, sunny and very mild weather early in the month, and the temperature on the 2nd reached 16°C. It became cooler on the following day and nearly 11mm of rain was recorded. Around mid month, it became cold for a while with wintry showers. On the 18th, the afternoon temperature failed to rise above 4.4°C. During the fourth week, temperatures rose, and although the weather was unsetlled, plenty of dry days occurred with spells of sunshine.

April - Rather dull and mild with above average rainfall.
 Mean Temperature 10.4°C  
 Monthly Highest 19.4°C  Total Rain  52 mm
 Monthly Lowest  3.2°C Total Sun 139 hrs

The weather was rather cloudy and changeable during April, but with winds predominantly from between south and west, temperatures were mostly well above normal. On the 13th, the temperature exceeded 19°C., but after mid month it became cooler. The highest temperature on the 19th was only 9.5°C. It stayed generally unsettled, but most of the rainfall was light. However, on the 25th, around 8mm of rain fell.  During the last few days, there was plenty of sunshine.

May - Very dry, rather warm and sunny.
 Mean Temperature 13.4°C  
 Monthly Highest 26.1°C  Total Rain  13 mm
 Monthly Lowest  3.1°C Total Sun 230 hrs

The beginning of May was cool and unsettled. On the 3rd, the maximum temperature was only 12.3°C. and nearly 4mm of rain was measured.  The following day was dry and no further rain fell until the 20th. There were sunny periods and it became increasingly warm. Temperatures on both the 11th and 12th exceeded 26°C. Brisk northeast winds brought some cooler days, but after a brief breakdown, there were further spells of warm sunshine during the last week.

June - Very dry, rather warm and sunny
 Mean Temperature 16.5°C  
 Monthly Highest 26.3°C  Total Rain  15 mm
 Monthly Lowest  6.4°C Total Sun 240 hrs

The early part of June was rather cool and changeable. The temperature on the 1st only reached 16.7°C., and on the 4th, over 3mm of rain fell. There was further unsettled weather during the remainder of the month, but frontal systems were weak, and it was generally dry with sunny periods. There were some chilly nights around mid month, but days were mostly rather warm. On the 24th, it was sunny from dawn to dusk and the afternoon temperature exceeded 26°C.

July - Very sunny, warm and rather dry.
 Mean Temperature 18.9°C  
 Monthly Highest 32.9°C  Total Rain  40 mm
 Monthly Lowest  9.4°C Total Sun 290 hrs

The first week of July was mostly dry, sunny and very warm or  hot. The afternoon temperature on the 5th almost reached 33°C. During the second week it became less warm and unsettled for a while with thundery rain. Around mid month, the sunshine returned and it became very warm. During the last week of July it became rather cool and changeable for a while. On the 28th, nearly 11mm of rain fell, and the maximum temperature on the 29th was only 17.7°C.

August - Dry, sunny and warm.
 Mean Temperature 18.9°C  
 Monthly Highest 29.6°C  Total Rain  29 mm
 Monthly Lowest  9.7°C Total Sun 240 hrs

The maximum temperature on the 1st day of the month was only 18.2°C., but towards the end of the first week it became very warm and sunny. The second week became less warm and rather unsettled, and on the 13th thunderstorms contributed to a total rainfall of nearly 12mm. After the 14th, the month was dry, and there was another spell of very warm and mostly sunny weather. The temperature on the 20th almost reached 30°C., but the end of August was cooler.

September - Very dry, sunny and warm.
 Mean Temperature 16.5°C  
 Monthly Highest 27.2°C  Total Rain   3 mm
 Monthly Lowest  5.4°C Total Sun 212 hrs

There was no measurable rain on the first 20 days of September,  and the weather was mostly sunny and warm or very warm. The afternoon temperature on the 12th exceeded 27°C. On the 21st, nearly 2mm of rain fell, and on the following day the remainder of the September rainfall was recorded. There were several chilly nights after mid month, and during the last week the days were less warm. The maximum temperature on the 27th was only 18.2°C.

October - Very sunny, mild and rather dry.
 Mean Temperature 13.3°C  
 Monthly Highest 25.7°C  Total Rain  47 mm
 Monthly Lowest  3.0°C Total Sun 160 hrs

The first week of October was mostly dry, sunny and fairly warm. The temperature on the 3rd almost reached 26°C. It stayed reasonably warm until the middle of the third week, but the first rain of the month fell on the 10th, and then the rest of October was rather changeable, but with sunshine between rain bands. During the last week it became wet and cold. Over 18mm of rain fell on the 27th, and the maximum temperature on the 29th was only 9.6°C. 

November - Rather sunny. Slightly below average rainfall and slightly above normal temperatures.
 Mean Temperature  7.4°C  
 Monthly Highest 15.1°C  Total Rain 60 mm
 Monthly Lowest -2.0°C Total Sun 58 hrs

There were some mild and bright days during the first week and the temperature on the 2nd exceeded 15°C. The first frost of the autumn occurred early on the 7th, but there was plenty of sunshine by day. On the night of the 11th/12th freezing fog formed, and the fog was slow to clear during the day. The maximum temperature on the 12th was only 2.7°C. The weather became unsettled from the end of the second week onwards, and on the 13th over 12mm of rain fell.

December - Mild and wet with below average sunshine.
 Mean Temperature  7.0°C  
 Monthly Highest 11.9°C  Total Rain 78 mm
 Monthly Lowest  0.0°C Total Sun 36 hrs

There was some sunshine on the 1st, but the temperature only reached 5.2°C. On the following night a ground frost occurred. Generally, the month was very unsettled, often cloudy and usually mild, although the maximum temperature was also only 5.2°C. on the 12th. Daily rainfall was not particularly high, but on the 5th, nearly 12mm of rain was recorded. The mildest weather occurred after mid month, and on the 20th the maximum temperature almost reached 12°C.

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