Monthly Climate Summary for  March  2006  at Luton (Cranleigh Gardens)
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                                       Coldest March since 1996;  sunny first week then mostly cloudy        back forward
                         
Overall mean temperature was 5.1 ēC which is -1.2 degC compared with the 1971-2000 average  
Mean day maximum (09-21) was 8.6 ēC which is -1.3 degC compared with the 1971-2000 average  
Mean night minimum (21-09) was 1.6 ēC which is -1.1 degC compared with the 1971-2000 average  
Mean 24hr maximum (09-09) was 8.7 ēC                
Mean 24hr minimum (09-09) was 1.6 ēC                
  Highest day max was 16.6 ēC on  the   30                 
  Lowest day max was 2.6 ēC on  the 16            
  Highest night min was 10.9 ēC on  the 27            
  Lowest night min was -6.1 ēC on  the 4            
  Lowest grass min was -9.6 ēC on  the 4            
                         
Total rainfall this month was 50.5 mm which is 93.3 per  cent of the 1971-2000 average    
  Highest daily fall was 11.3 mm on  the 7            
Number of hours with rain was                    
Equiv. TSR rainfall duration was 60.0 hrs which is 113.6 per  cent of the 1971-2000 average    
  Highest no of wet hrs   hrs on  the              
  Highest duration 15.7 hrs on  the 2            
  Mean rainfall intensity 0.84 mm/hr                
                         
Total CS sunshine this month was 100.3 hrs which is 95.8 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 8.4 hrs on  the 2            
                         
Maximum  snow depth  was 0.0 cm on  the  15            
                         
Mean sea-level pressure at 09Z 1010.2 mbar which is -4.4 mbar compared with the 1961-1990 average  
  Highest pressure at 09Z 1030.5 mbar on  the 12            
  Lowest  pressure at 09Z 991.0 mbar on  the 24            
                         
Number of days with:                      
Air Frost 12   0.2mm rain 15   No  sun 4   Snow lying 0    
Grnd Frost 18   1.0mm 11   3h  sun 14   Snow/sleet 7    
Max < 0ēC 0   5mm 4   6h  sun 8   Hail 5    
Max > 10 11   10mm 1   9h  sun 0   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:                  
Although the first half of March was the coldest since 1987, the warm finish ensured the entire month was the coldest only since 1996, and then
only by a small margin over 2001. (In fact the mean max during March 2001 was lower)