Monthly Climate Summary for  March  2006 at Hampstead  
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                      Mostly dry and very cold until the 23rd, then unsettled and warm   back forward
                       
Overall mean temperature was 5.1 ēC which is -1.4 degC compared with the 1971-2000 average
Mean day maximum (09-21) was 8.2 ēC              
Mean night minimum (21-09) was 1.9 ēC              
Mean 24hr maximum (09-09) was 8.4 ēC which is -1.6 degC compared with the 1971-2000 average
Mean 24hr minimum (09-09) was 1.8 ēC which is -1.2 degC compared with the 1971-2000 average
  Highest day max was 14.8 ēC on  the   31          
  Lowest day max was 2.1 ēC on  the 16          
  Highest night min was 10.6 ēC on  the 27          
  Lowest night min was -5.2 ēC on  the 4          
  Lowest grass min was -5.1 ēC on  the 4          
                       
Total rainfall this month was 52.1 mm which is 102.2 per  cent of the 1971-2000 average  
  Highest daily fall was 11.4 mm on  the 7          
Number of hours with rain was 71.0 hrs              
Equiv. TSR rainfall duration was 49.7 hrs which is 103.5 per  cent of the 1971-2000 average  
  Highest no of wet hrs 16.0 hrs on  the 7          
  Highest equiv duration 13.3 hrs on  the 7          
Mean rainfall intensity 1.05 mm/h              
                       
Total sunshine this month was 103.3 hrs which is 103.4 per  cent of the 1971-2000 average  
Equiv. C/S sunshine total was 113.6 hrs which is 103.4 per  cent of the 1971-2000 average  
  Highest daily sun was 9.5 hrs on  the 23          
                       
Maximum  snow depth  was 0.0 cm on the 4          
                       
Mean sea-level pressure at 09Z 1010.9 mbar which is -3.9 mbar compared with the 1961-1990 average
  Highest pressure at 09Z 1030.6 mbar on  the 12          
  Lowest  pressure at 09Z 992.4 mbar on  the 24          
                       
Number of days with:                    
Air Frost 12   0.2mm rain 13   No  sun 4   Snow lying 0  
Grnd Frost 23   1.0mm 10   3h  sun 16   Snow/sleet 6  
Max < 0ēC 0   5mm 4   6h  sun 7   Hail 7  
Max > 10 11   10mm 1   9h  sun 1   Thunder 0  
Max > 20 0   25mm 0   12h sun 0   Fog at 09Z 0  
Max > 30 0         15h sun 0   Gale 0  
                       
Notable events during the month:                 
Coldest first week of March since 1971, and coldest first half since 1987       
Overall, this was the coldest March since 1996