Monthly Climate Summary for   March   2005  at Luton (Cranleigh Gardens)
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                                        Rather wintry start; warm spell mid-month. Very dry again, but quite dull     back forward
                         
Overall mean temperature was 7.1 ēC which is +0.8 degC compared with the 1971-2000 average  
Mean day maximum (09-21) was 10.5 ēC which is +0.6 degC compared with the 1971-2000 average  
Mean night minimum (21-09) was 3.8 ēC which is +1.1 degC compared with the 1971-2000 average  
Mean 24hr maximum (09-09) was 10.5 ēC                
Mean 24hr minimum (09-09) was 3.5 ēC                
  Highest day max was 18.2 ēC on  the   18                 
  Lowest day max was 2.6 ēC on  the 2            
  Highest night min was 11.2 ēC on  the 22            
  Lowest night min was -5.6 ēC on  the 4            
  Lowest grass min was -10.4 ēC on  the 4            
                         
Total rainfall this month was 37.6 mm which is 69.5 per  cent of the 1971-2000 average    
  Highest daily fall was 13.3 mm on  the 29            
Number of hours with rain was                    
Equiv. TSR rainfall duration was 40.9 hrs which is 77.5 per  cent of the 1971-2000 average    
  Highest no of wet hrs   hrs on  the              
  Highest duration 13.2 hrs on  the 17            
  Mean rainfall intensity 0.92 mm/hr                
                         
Total CS sunshine this month was 77.0 hrs which is 73.5 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 9.3 hrs on  the 17            
                         
Maximum  snow depth  was 4.0 cm on  the  15            
                         
Mean sea-level pressure at 09Z 1016.5 mbar which is +1.9 mbar compared with the 1961-1990 average  
  Highest pressure at 09Z 1033.5 mbar on  the 9            
  Lowest  pressure at 09Z 999.8 mbar on  the 2            
                         
Number of days with:                      
Air Frost 7   0.2mm rain 16   No  sun 6   Snow lying 3    
Grnd Frost 16   1.0mm 9   3h  sun 11   Snow/sleet 6    
Max < 0ēC 0   5mm 1   6h  sun 4   Hail 0    
Max > 10 14   10mm 1   9h  sun 1   Thunder 0    
Max > 20 0   25mm 0   12h sun 0   Fog at 09Z 4    
Max > 30 0         15h sun 0   Gale 0    
                         
Notable events during the month:                  
Coldest first half since 1996, warmest second half since 1938              
Lowest sunshine total since 1998