Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect seen in RMetS HQ weather station data

Monday 27th Apr 2015 by theWeather Club

On the clear calm night of 23/24 April 2015, temperatures at rural Sonning Common in Reading fell to 1⁰C, whereas the minimum 7km away in Reading city centre (using data from the Royal Meteorological Society's weather station) was 6⁰C.

As seen in the graph, the following night (24/25 April) was cloudy and windy; rural minimum temperatures were some 10⁰C warmer than previous night, with a UHI effect of only about 1⁰C. 

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