Torquay

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Torquay (pronounced: "tor-KEE") is a coastal town in Devon, South West England.[1] It is perhaps most famous as birthplace of writer Agatha Christie[2] and setting of the TV show, Fawlty Towers[3].

Climate[change | change source]

  • Torquay has one of the smallest average temperature ranges in Britain. It also has one of the mildest Winters in Britain.[4]
  • The warmest temperature recorded was 33.0 °C (91.4 °F) on 28 June 1976.
  • The coldest temperature recorded was −16.5 °C (2.3 °F) on 26 December (Boxing Day) 2010.
  • The warmest nighttime temperature was 19.0 °C (66.2 °F) on 7 August 2003.
  • The coldest daytime temperature was −4.8 °C (23.4 °F) on 12 January 1987.
  • Torquay holds the record for the warmest temperature ever observed during December in Britain. On 14 December 1973, the temperature soared to 24.0 °C (75.2 °F).[5]
  • The town is one of the sunniest areas of the south-west.[4]
  • Fog is most common during September.
  • Hail is most common during March.
  • Thunder is most common during June.
  • Tornadoes are extremely rare, but there is a 0.08 % chance of one during June and September.[6]
Climate data for Torquay
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 16.5
(61.7)
18.0
(64.4)
20.9
(69.6)
24.0
(75.2)
27.5
(81.5)
33.0
(91.4)
32.2
(90)
32.4
(90.3)
28.0
(82.4)
26.0
(78.8)
18.5
(65.3)
24.0
(75.2)
33.0
(91.4)
Average high °C (°F) 9.4
(48.9)
9.1
(48.4)
10.9
(51.6)
12.8
(55)
15.7
(60.3)
18.7
(65.7)
20.8
(69.4)
20.7
(69.3)
18.6
(65.5)
15.2
(59.4)
12.1
(53.8)
9.8
(49.6)
14.48
(58.07)
Average low °C (°F) 4.0
(39.2)
3.7
(38.7)
4.9
(40.8)
6.1
(43)
9.0
(48.2)
11.6
(52.9)
13.7
(56.7)
13.7
(56.7)
11.7
(53.1)
9.3
(48.7)
6.4
(43.5)
4.4
(39.9)
8.21
(46.78)
Record low °C (°F) -13.6
(7.5)
-10.5
(13.1)
-7.2
(19)
-5.0
(23)
-2.0
(28.4)
-1.0
(30.2)
0.0
(32)
1.9
(35.4)
-1.1
(30)
-5.0
(23)
-6.0
(21.2)
-16.5
(2.3)
-16.5
(2.3)
Rainfall mm (inches) 95.2
(3.748)
71.8
(2.827)
69.4
(2.732)
58.4
(2.299)
58.8
(2.315)
50.5
(1.988)
45.5
(1.791)
54.1
(2.13)
57.5
(2.264)
94.3
(3.713)
89.1
(3.508)
102.9
(4.051)
847.5
(33.366)
Snowfall cm (inches) 3.6
(1.42)
7.4
(2.91)
1.0
(0.39)
1.0
(0.39)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
3.8
(1.5)
4.3
(1.69)
101.1
(39.8)
43.2
(17.01)
165.4
(65.12)
Avg. rainy days (≥ 1.0 mm) 12.9 10.4 10.6 9.9 9.2 7.7 7.2 8.1 8.7 12.4 12.3 12.7 122.1
Avg. snowy days 2.3 2.9 1.5 0.7 0.2 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.4 1.2 9.5
Sunshine hours 64.7 83.5 122.6 186.3 217.5 222.4 225.0 209.6 160.6 110.6 84.0 60.4 1,747.2
Source #1: Met Office (averages)[4]
Source #2: Voodoo Skies (extremes)[5]

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