February was a month of extremes

BOSTON experienced both freezing and exceptionally mild weather during February – according to the town’s weatherman Albert Kirkham.

He said February was the driest since 2003, with just half the rainfall normally recorded.

The highest maximum temperature, on the 23rd, was 17.8C (64F). The lowest maximum temperature recorded on the 9th was 0C (32F).

On the 24th and 29th, the temperature fell no lower than 9.4C (49F) but on the 11th it was as low as -12.8C (9F). The mean maximum temperature of the month was 7.2C (45.4F) slightly above the average 6.7C (44.3F) for February. The mean minimum was 0.6C (33.1F) which is exactly the same as the average for the month.

The town had much less rainfall than usual, with 18.0mm (0.71ins) against the average of 34.3mm (1.35ins) across 12 days of measurable rain. The greatest rainfall in one day came on the 4th with 10.4mm (0.41ins).

Townspeople also enjoyed 80.4 hours of bright sunshine in February, but this was less than the average of 91.6 hours. The sunniest day was on the 19th, with 8.2 hours.

There were seven days with snow on the ground, 19 ground frosts, 14 air frosts, five days of sleet and 10 days with no sunshine.