Monthly Climate Summary for  March  2003  at Luton (Cranleigh Gardens)
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Overall mean temperature was 7.7 ēC which is +1.4 degC compared with the 1971-2000 average  
Mean day maximum (09-21) was 13.1 ēC which is +3.2 degC compared with the 1971-2000 average  
Mean night minimum (21-09) was 2.4 ēC which is -0.3 degC compared with the 1971-2000 average  
Mean 24hr maximum (09-09) was 13.1 ēC                
Mean 24hr minimum (09-09) was 2.3 ēC                
  Highest day max was 18.9 ēC on  the   23            
  Lowest day max was 6.1 ēC on  the 13            
  Highest night min was 9.1 ēC on  the 5            
  Lowest night min was -3.2 ēC on  the 17            
  Lowest grass min was -6.0 ēC on  the 17            
                         
Total rainfall this month was 21.5 mm which is 39.7 per  cent of the 1971-2000 average    
  Highest daily fall was 11.6 mm on  the 5            
Number of hours with rain was                    
Equiv. TSR rainfall duration was 11.1 hrs which is 16.9 per  cent of the 1971-2000 average    
  Highest no of wet hrs   hrs on  the              
  Highest duration 6.5 hrs on  the 5            
  Mean rainfall intensity 1.94 mm/hr                
                         
Total CS sunshine this month was 169.3 hrs which is 179.7 per  cent of the 1971-2000 average    
Equiv. C/S sunshine total was   hrs which is   per  cent of the 1971-2000 average    
  Highest daily sun was 10.8 hrs on  the 31            
                         
Maximum  snow depth  was 0.0 cm on  the               
                         
Mean sea-level pressure at 09Z 1023.1 mbar which is +8.5 mbar compared with the 1961-1990 average  
  Highest pressure at 09Z 1041.0 mbar on  the 16            
  Lowest  pressure at 09Z 1011.5 mbar on  the 2            
                         
Number of days with:                      
Air Frost 9   0.2mm rain 4   No  sun 3   Snow lying 0    
Grnd Frost 23   1.0mm 2   3h  sun 18   Snow/sleet 0    
Max < 0ēC 0   5mm 2   6h  sun 18   Hail 0    
Max > 10 26   10mm 1   9h  sun 10   Thunder 0    
Max > 20 0   25mm 0   12h sun 0   Fog at 09Z 3    
Max > 30 0         15h sun 0   Gale 0    
                         
Notable events during the month:                  
No measurable rain was recorded after 0830 gmt on the 12th.              
Sunniest March since 1995; second half was remarkably sunny: 1st-15th 45.8h,  16th-31st 123.5h.