"Another point about 1995 here was that the first three weeks of June was rather dull with 82 hours of sunshine for London compared with 71 hours for 2012."
Knowing how much local variation there can be in a month within the British Isles (someone living in Baltasound in Shetland where the rainfall up to 0600 on 25th June was only 10.6 mm, with 15.0 mm at Fair Isle also in Shetland, might wonder why everyone is talking about it being very wet - see http://www.met.readi...rugge/CURR.html
), given the statement above and the statistics by BDG for June 1995 and 2012, I do accept that what he said was true.
Capel Curig in North Wales, which has recorded 271.0 mm is of course a very wet upland site; the only other station to exceed 200 mm so far in June has been Eskdalemuir in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, at 202.4 mm, though as Ballypatrick Forest in Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, has recorded 199.6 mm it is extremely likely also to exceed 200 mm before the end of the month. Percentages of average relating to average total fopr the whole month of June, in the period up to 0600 hours in 25th June vary from 36% at Stornoway in the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, to 244% at Heathrow Airport, London; when calculated relative to the average for the period ending 0600 hours on 25th, these equate to 45% and 305% respectively; only Lerwick in Shetland (57.5%) and Kirkwall in Orkney (76.3%) had rainfall less than average according to this calculation, for the period up to 0600 hours on 25th, 15 sites at http://www.met.readi...rugge/CURR.html
had more than 200% of average rainfall for the period from 1st to 24th June.
also states that the 1st half of June 1995 was cool and cloudy, with the 2nd half being warm and sunny. However I wonder were the low sunshine levels in 2012 and the lack of any decent maxima, as widespread in the earlier part of June 1995?
Of course memory is selective and I remember June 1995 chiefly for the period of hot sunny weather near the end, particularly 29th which was about the hottest day I can remember (the temperature of 32.0 deg. C. which I recorded, admittedly a non-standard thermometer and exposure, is the highest I have ever recorded at my place of work since I began measurements in late May 1995, including August 1995 and July 2006, which both recorded around or over 31 deg. C. I believe. I believe that 30.0 deg. C. was recorded somewhere in Northern Ireland in June 1995, possibly at St. Angelo Airport near Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, with 30.6 deg. C. on 2nd August 1995 at Ballylisk near Tandragee, Co. Armagh, the latter the highest official August temperature recorded in Northern Ireland and within 0.2 deg. C. of the official highest temperature for Northern Ireland of 30.8 deg. C. at Knockarevan near Garrison, Co. Fermanagh, on 30th June 1976 and at Shaws Bridge near Belfast, Co. Antrim, on 12th July 1983.
The extremely low sunshine sunshine at Nottingham Weather of 44.9 hours up to 0600 hours on 25th June(which must mean that there were 1.9 hours on 24th), barely a quarter of the average of 170 hours, is phenomenally low, assuming the instrument is not faulty (although I realise other places, e.g. in the west midlands, also have had less than 60 hours in the same period). It is I believe rare for a station to record less than 50% of average sunshine for a summer month so far one to record less than 30% (of course there are another 6 days, and the total could actually double if the weather became sunnier).
For the period up to 0600 on 25th, which is more or less equivalent to 24 days, http://www.met.readi...rugge/CURR.html
shows sunshine varying from 44.9 hours (1.88 hours/day) at Nottingham Weather Centre to 169.9 hours at Jersey St. Helier (7.08 hours/day); the only other stations to record more than 100 hours are Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, with 156.2 hours, Tiree in the Inner Hebrides, Scotland, with 145.8 hours, Lerwick in Shetland, Scotland, with 128.6 hours, Belmullet, Co. Mayo, with 127.7 hours, Manston in Kent with 120.7 hours, Ronaldsway in the Isle of Man with 118.4 hours, Valley in North Wales with 115.8 hours, Boulmer in Northumberland with 108.8 hours, Aberporth in Wales with 103.6 hours. Eskdalemuir in SW Scotland with 49.3 hours, Church Fenton in Yorkshire with 52.3 hours, Shawbury in Shropshire with 53.2 hours, Aberdeen Dyce with 55.9 hours, Coleshill in Warwickshire with 59.6 hours, Percentages, which relate to the average total sunshine for the month, where given, vary from 34% at Shawbury in Shropshire to 101% at Lerwick in Shetland; for the period from 1st to 24th these correspond to 42.5% and 126.3% respectively. Using this correcion factor, Lerwick is the only station to record more than 100% of average sunshine for the period, Belmullet being the next highest at 98.8%. Bournemouth Hurn in Dorset (45%), Waddington in Lincolnshire(46.3%), Aberdeen Dyce and Eskdalemuir (both in Scotland and at 47.5%), and Leeming in Yorkshire (48.8%), have all recorded less than 50% of their average sunshine for the period. Of these, Bournemouth has the highest average at 253.8 hours or 8.47 hours per day. Some people have remarked on the relative advantage of coastal resorts in months such as this one, but for sunshine at least (no rainfall figures are shown at present for Hurn; St. Catherine's Point on the Isle of Wight has recorded 97.6 mm so Hurn probably wasn't all that dry) Hurn hasn't come off at all well this month - I presume it is not too far inland, - states that it is 4 miles north of Bournemouth so is not really coastal as such.