January was exceptionally sunny, dry

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1 February 2006, BRUSSELS — There was an exceptional amount of sunshine in Belgium in January, meteorological bureau RMI said on Thursday.

1 February 2006

BRUSSELS — There was an exceptional amount of sunshine in Belgium in January, meteorological bureau RMI said on Thursday.

There was also an abnormally small amount of rain and there were exceptionally few rainy days.

The Ukkel-Based RMI recorded 97 hours and 25 minutes of sun in January, which is exceptionally high.

The RMI said such an amount of sun occurs once every 30 years, newspaper 'De Standaard' reported.

The record amount of sun for January dates back to 1954, when 100 hours were recorded. The long-term average is 52.

However, temperatures remained normal. An average temperature of 1.7 degrees Celsius, an average maximum temperature of 4.5 degrees and an average minimum temperature of 0.9 were recorded.

The January of 2006 will also be remembered as a January with an exceptionally small number of rainy days — nine.

The long-term average is 19 days, while the record dating back to 1997 is four days.

There were 18.7 litres of rain per square metre in January, which was a "very abnormally" low amount. Normally, there is 64.7 litres recorded at Ukkel in January.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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