December was the darkest month since 1934Tuesday, 02 January 2018 19:07
“If you go further back in time, up to 1901, it’s only in December 1934 that a shorter sunny period was observed, since at that time only 9 hours and 31 minutes of sun was observed during the month,” the IRM reported.
December also stood out for “a very abnormal abundance of rain falling in a very abnormally high number of days,” the institute noted, reporting that 130.1 mm of rain fell in Uccle (the normal quantity is 81.0 mm) in 26 days (the average is 19.3 days). The highest daily quantity, 22.5 mm, was recorded on the 11th of December.
There was also an exceptionally high number of stormy days in December: 9,much higher than the norm for a December month, which is 3.1 days. However, December’s temperatures were normal, averaging 4.4°C in Uccle, just higher than the norm of 3.9°C. The lowest temperature recorded there was -2.3°C, while the highest, on the 31st of December, was 13.8°C.
Elsewhere in Belgium, the lowest temperature was -9.5°C, recorded on the 3rd of December at Mont-Rigi (Waimes), while the highest was 15.3°C, registered on the 31st of December in Bilzen.
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