Woodford Northamptonshire

Woodford Weather Monthly Report


Month Ave
2018 2017 Ave
2018 2017
January 7.0 8.6 5.9 1.4 2.4 -0.4
February 7.9 6.8 9.4 1.3 -0.5 3.0
March 11.2 9.2 14.3 2.2 1.4 4.0
April 15.6 14.5 17.1 3.8 6.6 2.0
May 18.6 20.1 20.4 7.1 7.1 6.6
June 21.6 22.7 23.5 10.0 10.0 10.7
July 23.5 27.6 24.2 12.0 13.0 10.8
August 22.5 23.5 22.9 12.0 12.4 10.0
September 19.8 20.2 18.6 9.9 8.9 9.3
October 15.1 16.4 16.7 7.3 6.3 9.4
November 10.2 11.8 10.7 4.0 4.6 3.1
December 7.1   7.7 1.7   2.0


Month Average
2018 2017 Average
2018 2017
January 51 52 36 52 52 36 14 17 12
February 38 24 40  90 76 76 10 9 9
March 42 66 37 127 152 113 10 16  12
April 48 54 4 170 206 117 9 14 3
May 58 34 64 227 240 181 10 9 11
June 43 0 37 270 240 219 10 0 10
July 48 30 85 319 270 304 10 6 14
August 68 54 55 386 327 360 13 11 10
September 43 26 58 429 353 418 8 9 19
October 70 33 11 499 386 429 11 11 6
November 60 29 27 559 415 456 12 16 7
December 48   67 608   525 11   11

October 2018

The average overnight minimum was 6.3C which is a degree below the average expected, however the daytime maximum average was 16.4C which is a degree above the expected figure for the month of October. This was largely due to the Indian Summer which occurred in the midle of the month when on 13th October the temperature reached 26C making it the warmest October day since 3rd October 2011. The term Indian summer is used quite loosely in the media these days, however, it originated from the New England area of the USA, when the early settlers were frequentl;y hounded by the indigenous population during the summer months. These attacks subsided once the cold weather arrived in the autumn, however, it was not unusual to have a spell of warm weather in the middle of autumn and the attacks would start up again for a brief period giving rise to the definition of an Indian summer. The cool period which it had followed was known as a squaw's winter. Warm periods in the middle of October are also known as St Luke's Little Summer, and this is a term used for a period of warmer weather around St Luke's Day (16th October).

On the night of 30/31st the temperature fell to minus 3.5C making it the 6th coldest night of the year to date, and the coldest night since 1st March 2018. It was also the coldest October night since 28/29 October 2008. Thi was the third air frost of autumn.

Rainfall totalled only 39mm which was only two thirds of the average expected for the month. Rain fell on ten days whereas the average for the month is 14 days

The rainfall for the twelve months to the end of October was 473mm (expected rainfall is 600mm)

September 2018

Overall the temperatures in September were average. The average for the month was 15C. Night time temperatures were about a degree below average but daytime maximums were about a degree higher at 9C and 20C respectively. The warmest day was 2nd September at 25C whilst the coldest temperature recorded was -0.6C on the morning of the 29th September. This first air frost of the winter was a month earlier than the usual date of the last week of October.

Rainfall totalled only 26mm whichw as only half of the average expected for the month. Rain fell on nine days whereas the average for the month is 11 days

The rainfall for the twelve months to the end of September was 446mm (expected rainfall is 600mm) making it the driest 12month period since the year ending on 31 March 2012. The last six months rainfall was 198mm instead of 291mm.

August 2018

August started with warm sunny dry conditions experience in June and July until 9th August when rain fell, also falling on the following three consecutive days. The weather then remained changeable for the remainder of the month. The warmest day was 6 August with the temperature reaching 30.8 (87F). The coolest day was 10 August at just 17C. The coolest night was 30/31 when the temperature fell to 4.8C which was the coolest night since the morning of 21 May. The average temperatures (minimum, maximum and overall average) were about 1C above normal. The total rainfall for the month was 54mm which was slightly above normal. There were just 11 wet days which is 2 less than normal. Rainfall for the last 12 months totals is 479mm (normally we would receive about 600mm - 80%)

For the three summer months the overall temperature was about 1.5C above normal making it the warmest summer since 2006. Rainfall totalled only only 87mm which is about half the amount normally received


July 2018

July's weather continued where June finished. Hot and dry. Rain eventually fell after 49 dry days on. Rain also fell on five other days later in the month (normally there would be 10 wet days). The total rainfall was 30mm - 60% of normal. The daytime maximum was on 26July 33.5C or 93F. The coolest day time temperature was 20.7C on 29 July. The coolest overnight temperature was 10C on 3rd / 4th July. The average maximum temperature for the month was 27.6C (4C above average, and the overnight minimum was 13C (1C above average).

Rainfall for the last 12 months totals is 479mm (normally we would receive about 600mm - 80%)

June 2018

Whilst June has been pleasantly warm during day time, the nights have cooled down thanks to the breeze which has been blowing from the NE quarter. Humidity has been low, so the heat has been bearable. The average temperature for the month has been 16.4C (which is one degree above normal) however, the maximum temperatures have averaged 22.7C (two degrees above normal) and the minimum temperatures 10C (0.5 below normal) so warmer days but with cooler nights.

The key factor during June has been rainfall, or to be accurate, lack of rainfall. Other than 0.3mm which fell overnight on 13/14 June there was none meaning our rainfall for the month has been just 0.5% of what we would normally expect. Rainfall for the first six months of the year totalled 231mm (compared to a long term average of 284mm for that period). Rainfall for the last 12 months totals 534mm (normally we would receive about 600mm - 89%)

May 2018

The average temperature for May was the highest since 2005, both of which were beaten by May 2003.The average maximum was 20.1C (long term average is 17C) and the average minimum was 7.1C (long term average is 7.1C). The maximum temperature recorded was 26.7C on 27th May and coldest temperature was 0.5C on 18th May. This was the first frost free May since 2009. Rainfall for the month was 34mm which was just 68% of normal. The twelve months rainfall to the end of May was 571mm which is 30mm below annual average. Rain fell on just 9 days, with the wettest day beeing 25th May. Woodford didn't suffer from the extreme downpours experienced in other parts of the County or even Country.

April 2018

The month will be remembered for the (nationally) warmest day recorded for more than 70 years on the 19th. The maximum temperature was 27.7C beating the 27.3C recorded in 2011 (23rd April). The overall maximum average temperature for the month was 14.5C which was a degree cooler than the overall average for April. The average minimum was 6.6C which was almost 3C higher than the average minimum temperature. (This was the highest minimum average temperature recorded this century marginally beating April 2007). Consequently the average overall temperature was higher than normal but was down to the warmer night time temperatures than normal rather than the daytime temperature which overall were lower than normal.

For the first time since 2002 the month was totally frost free. Rainfall for the month was 54mm which was very slightly more than average (long term 48mm).

The twelve months rainfall to the end of April was 601mm which is the average for the twelve months.

March 2018

The average temperature for March was 5C which is 1.5C under the normal average for the month (Last March was 2.5C above the average).. The average overnight minimum was 2C and the average daytime maximum was 9C. There were 13 night frosts against a norm of just 8. By the end of March only 33 days this year had reached 10C compared to an average of number of 37 days. On 1st March the maximum temperature was minus 2C making it the coldest March day of the century. There were five days with laying snow (more than 50% coverage) which is the most for at least 10 years.

Precipitation totalled 66mm which is about 50% more than normal, making it the wettest March since 2016. There were 9 wet days which is less than the normal 12.

The total rainfall for the first three months of 2018 was 142mm which is just 7mm more than the 30 year average. The average temperature (January - March) was 4.7C (average 5.2C), and there were 39 air frosts compared to the average of 29 during the first three months of the year. So slightly colder than normal due to February conditions.

Rainfall for the six months to 31st March totalled 247mm, much drier than the average 299mm.

The twelve month rainfall amount to the end of March is 551mm compared to the annual long term average of 600mm. This low total is due to the dry conditions which prevailed in October and November last year

February 2018

Following the mild temperatures of January, the average minimum temperatures recorded for February were the coldest of the century with a value of -0.5C. The day time temperatures were about average at 6.8C . The overall average for the month made February the third coldest February (3.1C) of the century, with 2010 (coldest) and 2013 being colder.

The minimum temperature was minus 6.2C recorded on the mornign of 28th February and the warmest 10.8C on the 19th February.

The maximum temperature recorded on 28th was -1.1C, (lowest February daytime temperature recorded during this century) and was also the the first sub zero maximum since 16th January 2013.

Rainfall totalled 23mm (average is 39mm) taking the total to 76mm for the year to date, and precipitation fell on just nine days

January 2018

January 2018 was the mildest January since January 2008. The average maximum temperature was 8.6C and the average minimum temperature was 2.4C. The warmest day was 28th January when the temperature reached 14.8C, the warmest January day of the century.

Rainfall was spot on the long term average of 52mm falling on 17 days. The usual number of wet days for January is 14. The wettest days were 2nd and 21st, both with 7mm. Snow fell on one day (21st) and unusually thunder was experienced on one day.

December 2017

December saw two periods of snow, the first occurring on 10th December (about 100mm) which was the first laying snow since March 2013. The second fall was much wetter and the depth reached about 50mm. Total precipitation for the month was 67mm which is about average for December and followed a dry autumn period.

The average temperature was 5C which is average for the month. The coldest night was minus 4.4 on 11th/12th and the warmest day was 13C on the 20th. There were eleven air frosts which is what one would expect for the month.

Overall rainfall for 2017 totalled 525mm which is 75mm less than average making 2017 the third consecutive year with below average precipitation. The average number of rain days is 158 each year and 2017 had 157. (Wet days (rainfall greater than 1mm) was 127 against an average of 128). Thunder was heard on just three days and there were just four foggy days, both well below average. The number of days reaching 16C (61F) was 10% more than average, however the number of days reacing 70F (21C) and 80F (27C) were in line with average figures, indicating that early and later parts of the year were milder than normal.

Overall (in Woodford) 2017 was the third warmest out of the last ten year being surpassed by 2011 and 2014 (warmest on record)

November 2017

The average temperature for November was 6.9C which is 1 degree above normal. This was largely down to the earlier part of the month which was mild, with the last week of the month being below average. The average maximum temperature fo rthe month was 10.7C and the minimum was 3.1C. The first air frost of the winter was on the morning of 6th November about two weeks later than normal. The coldest night was minus 2.5C on 5th/6th November and the warmest day was 14.6C on 22nd November.

The rainfall amounted to 27mm which made the month the driest November since 2011. The total for the year to date is 457mm which is 100mm below normal. For the twelve month period to the end of November the rainfall has amounted to 477mm which is 125mm less than a normal twelve month rainfall.

October 2017

The average temperature for October here in Woodford was 13.1C which is 2C above normal with both overnight minimums and daytime maximums giving above average readings. The average daytime maximum was 16.7C and overnight minimum 9.4C.

The warmest day was 16 October with a temperature of 21.5C (71F) and the coldest night was 1.1C on the 29th-30th October

Rainfall amounted to just 11mm, (a fifth of the normal October rainfall for Woodford) and fell over six days. The year to date rainfall (since January 1st) totals 430mm against the average of nearly 500mm. For the 12 month period to the end of October the total was 514mm - 90mm (almost 3.75 inches) less than the normal 12 month rainfall

September 2017

The average temperature for September here in Woodford was 13.9C which is 1C lower than normal with both overnight minimums and daytime maximums giving below average readings.

Rainfall amounted to 58mm (6mm above the long term average for Woodford) but fell over nineteen days instead of the normal nine days we have each year. The year to date rainfall (since January 1st) totals 418mm against the average of 440mm. For the 12 month period to the end of September the total was 533mm - 70mm (almost 3 inches) less than the normal 12 month rainfall