43rd Cerne Abbas Open Gardens 16 & 17 June 2018, 2-6pm
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January 2018 Commentary

The lasting impression of January is that it always seemed to be raining and also to be windy. In fact the total of rainfall was below average although it did rain on most days of the month but never more than half an inch (13mm) on any given day.

There were also plenty of mild days and only once did night-time temperatures drop below zero, although there were frosty conditions on several mornings.

The average temperature for January was 7.0C which is nearly two degrees above the average over the last ten years and it was the mildest January since 2007. There was no record of snow in my back garden and the total rainfall of 114.9mm was somewhat below the average of 163.6mm over the last decade though the amounts for 2013, 2014 and 2016 were all well above that figure.

The regularity of the rain made underfoot conditions around the fields and along the river path especially muddy and the wind, often from the north, made it feel colder than the figures might suggest.


Philip Spray



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