July hottest, but third sunniest month
31 July 2006, BRUSSELS — The heatwave of July 2006 has broken several records, but fell short of topping the absolute record of July 1959.
31 July 2006
BRUSSELS — The heatwave of July 2006 has broken several records, but fell short of topping the absolute record of July 1959.
Up until Monday, some 302 hours of sunshine had been recorded in the past month, much more than the long-term average of 195 hours.
It means the July 2006 is the third sunniest month on record, falling short of beating July 1959 when 314 hours of sunshine was recorded. Some 313 hours of sunshine were recorded in 1911.
But the interim report by meteorological bureau RMI also said July 2006 will be remembered as the hottest month since measurements started.
Up until Friday, the average temperature was 23.2 degrees Celsius. That is 1.5 degrees hotter than the previous record of July 1994. The long-term average temperature in a 'normal' July is 17.1 degrees.
The average maximum temperature was 28.8 degrees, beating the long-term average of 21.6 and the previous record of 26.7 (July 1994).
The average minimum temperature was 17.4 compared with a long-term average of 13.1. The previous record (July 1994) was 16.4.
The definitive figures for July 2006 will be released on 8 August.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news