Monthly Climate Summary for  March  2008  at Whipsnade (Lodge)
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                Mild, fairly sunny start; often cold and wet middle and latter parts. Wintry Easter   back forward
                         
Overall mean temperature was 5.3 ēC which is +0.2 degC compared with the 1971-2000 average  
Mean day maximum (09-21) was 8.8 ēC which is +0.2 degC compared with the 1971-2000 average  
Mean night minimum (21-09) was 1.9 ēC which is +0.2 degC compared with the 1971-2000 average  
Mean 24hr maximum (09-09) was 8.8 ēC                
Mean 24hr minimum (09-09) was 1.6 ēC                
  Highest day max was 13.1 ēC on  the   30            
  Lowest day max was 2.9 ēC on  the 23            
  Highest night min was 7.6 ēC on  the 2            
  Lowest night min was -5.8 ēC on  the 5            
  Lowest grass min was -11.1 ēC on  the 5            
                         
Total rainfall this month was 90.3 mm which is 153.1 per  cent of the 1971-2000 average    
  Highest daily fall was 29.8 mm on  the 15            
Number of hours with rain was                    
Equiv. TSR rainfall duration was 73.7 hrs which is   per  cent of the 1971-2000 average    
  Highest no of wet hrs   hrs on  the              
  Highest duration 15.4 hrs on  the 15            
  Mean rainfall intensity 1.23 mm/hr                
                         
Total CS sunshine this month was 102.6 hrs which is 98.0 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 10.1 hrs on  the 30            
                         
Maximum  snow depth  was 3.0 cm on  the  22            
                         
Mean sea-level pressure at 09Z 1006.8 mbar which is -7.8 mbar compared with the 1961-1990 average  
  Highest pressure at 09Z 1035.6 mbar on  the 5            
  Lowest  pressure at 09Z 967.8 mbar on  the 10            
                         
Number of days with:                      
Air Frost 10   0.2mm rain 21   No  sun 2   Snow lying 2    
Grnd Frost 18   1.0mm 15   3h  sun 14   Snow/sleet 9    
Max < 0ēC 0   5mm 5   6h  sun 7   Hail 9    
Max > 10 12   10mm 2   9h  sun 1   Thunder 1    
Max > 20 0   25mm 1   12h sun 0   Fog at 09Z 2    
Max > 30 0         15h sun 0   Gale 3    
                         
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