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 19 January in ...

1930
one of the warmest January days on record with the maximum temperature reaching 14.4 C. The pocket register of observations describes it as being a 'bright sunny day'.
1985
The Reading Evening Post reported that 'so far in 1985 we've had icy roads, schools shut down, buses freezing up and gas mains fracturing' due to the cold conditions. But at least the temperature rose just above freezing (to 0.6 C) today.

Some historical data/observations for anniversary dates can be found here