Driest January for five years in town

LAST month was Boston’s driest start to a year for five years.

This is according to town weatherman Albert Kirkham, who recorded just 38.2mm (1.5ins) of rainfall against an average of 56mm (2.21ins).

There were, however, 20 days of measurable rain, with the most falling on the 12th - 7.8mm (0.31ins).

The mean maximum and minimum temperatures were almost exactly what would be expected - 6.7C (43.9F) and 1.1C (34.3C) respectively, against averages of 6.7C (44F) and 1.1C (34F).

The highest maximum temperature came on the 13th, at 13.3C (56F). The following day the mercury fell no lower than 10C (50F) - the lowest minimum for the month.

The lowest maximum temperature came on the 3rd, at 1.7C (35F), and the lowest minimum was recorded on the 29th and 31st, at -3.3C (26F). The 29th also had the lowest grass minimum, a far lower -8.3C (17F).

Bright sunshine totalled 48.6 hours, down on the average of 59.9 hours. The sunniest days were the 18th and 31st, which each had 6.3 hours.

There was 13 air frosts, 19 ground frosts, two days with snow or sleet, one day with fog and 14 days with no sunshine.

The highest barometer was 30.59ins on the 22nd. The lowest was 29.15ins on the 8th.