2014 one of Northamptonshire’s warmest years on record

2014 was one of the warmest years in Northamptonshire. Pictured is Kettering town centre in July

2014 was one of the warmest years in Northamptonshire. Pictured is Kettering town centre in July

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Forecasters have said 2014 is likely to be the warmest year on record for the UK as a whole – but not for Northamptonshire.

However, experts at the Pitsford Hall weather station say the year will still make it into the top 10 warmest ever in the county.

They say the average temperature for the year was 11.1C, making it the joint ninth-warmest year on record, 0.6C above the long-term average.

Snow only fell on four days in 2014, and was never recorded as lying on the ground at nine o’clock in the morning. This compares to 32 days in 2013 when snow fell, and 28 days when it was lying on the ground in the morning.

Only 19 days recorded an air frost in 2014, compared to 59 days in 2013.

The coldest day was January 21, when the mercury dropped to -2C. The warmest temperature was 28.5C, on July 18.

And last Saturday, December 27, was the day in which the lowest maximum temperature, 3.2C, was recorded.

The sunniest day was June 12, when there were 12.4 hours of sunshine. On 59 days, the sun did not come out at all.