Daily weather observations at the University of Reading date back to 1908. Here are a selection of news stories and observations for Reading since they began - with one or two earlier, newsworthy, items.
They will be updated each day. Let me know if you have any other snippets of news/information.
Any mention of a record refers to observations at the University of Reading - elsewhere in the United Kingdom values may have been higher or lower.
In Reading on 22 September in ...
- The wettest day in any month (since 1908) as 76.3 mm fell. The rain was thundery but despite the intensity there was little flooding around Reading. However, 20 homes were evacuated in the early hours the following morning from a Lower Earley estate as a nearby tributary burst its banks. This was probably the wettest day in Reading since the summer of 1903 when, according to the Berkshire Chronicle, a single thunderstorm dumped four inches [100 mm] of rain on Reading in just two hours.
Some historical data/observations for anniversary dates can be found here