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Fab Feb sends weather records tumbling for sunshine and warmth

February 2019 was among the sunniest and warmest ever in East Anglia. Credit: Chris Mitchell

February 2019 in the Anglia region was the sunniest on record and many places also had record-breaking warmth.

Wittering in Cambridgeshire recorded the highest February sunshine total since records began 66 years ago with 136.7 hours which is 54 hours more than normal.

The weather station on the Norfolk coast in Cromer has been recording temperatures for 100 years and has not seen a warmer February than 2019.

The average daytime maximum temperature in Cromer through the month was higher than 11°C - some 4 degrees above average. It peaked at 18.6°C on Tuesday 26 February.

A stunning scene on the River Great Ouse at Littleport in Cambridgeshire on 27 February 2019. Credit: John Challis

Overall the Anglia region recorded a provisional total 138 hours of sunshine during February 2019 making it the sunniest on record.

An average February in the region would normally expect less than 80 hours of sunshine.

Daytime maximum temperatures in East Anglia will also be the highest ever in February but overall the month is unlikely to break any temperature records because the nights were only slightly milder than normal.

The mean maximum temperature in the Anglia region was 11.4°C which was 4°C above average.

But night time minimum temperatures in the region were less than 1°C above normal at around 2°C

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Highest temperature in the Anglia region during February 2019 at Santon Downham, Suffolk on 26th
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Lowest temperature in the Anglia region during February 2019 at Santon Downham, Suffolk on 3rd
A misty sunrise at Clacton-on-Sea in Essex on Wednesday 27 February 2019. Credit: Craig Williams

The UK saw a record high February temperature during 2019 when it reached 21.2°C at Kew Gardens in London on Tuesday 26 February.

Temperatures reached 19.2°C in Santon Downham near Thetford on the same day but that didn't beat the regional record set in February 1990 when it was 19.4°C.

Following on from a dry January, February was also drier than normal with less than three-quarters of the usual amount of rain falling.

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