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August was just wet, wet, wet; CITY BASKS IN MINI-HEATWAVE AFTER SUMMERTIME BLUES.

COVENTRY suffered the wettest August for 13 years and the fifth worst since records began, say city weather watchers.

As temperatures in the city soar in a mini-heatwave this weekend, the overall picture of the summer does not have such a sunny glow.

But there was one silver lining - Coventry did not fare as badly as some of its Midlands neighbours. Steve Jackson, at Bablake Weather Station, said: "Other areas of the Midlands may have had their wettest August on record but in Coventry August 1999 only ranks fifth behind 1912, 1951, 1956 and 1986 but it has still been the wettest August in the city for 13 years."

The wettest day was August 8 when more than 6cm of rain fell in just one day.

And throughout the summer there were 12 recorded thunder storms and three incidents of hail and ice pellets.

The average temperature last month was 16.3C - the coolest August in Coventry since 1993. Throughout the month, there were 147 hours of sunshine with August 21 recorded as the sunniest day but it was still the dullest August since 1987.

But even if the summer has seemed disappointing, it was warmer than last year and, with 55 dry days, it was the driest since 1996.

The average summer temperature recorded throughout June, July and August across Cov-entry was 16.1C with an average maximum temperature of 20.5C.

There were 586 hours of sunshine and just three days saw no sunshine at all this summer.

The sunniest day was June 25 when 14.4 hours of sunshine were recorded.

The hottest day with temperatures of 30.1C was August 2 when temperatures topped 30C for the first time in two years.

Mr Jackson added: "This is the fifth time in the past 10 years that the August maximum temperature has exceeded 30C - interestingly that temperature had only been reached once during August in the previous 35 years."
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Author:Tolfts, Lisa
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Sep 4, 1999
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