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 18 November in ...

1852
The so-called 'Duke of Wellington's flood'. A report from Reading stated 'No parallel flood has occurred since 1841, and none exceeding it except that in 1809, which was produced by the sudden melting of deep snow. The Thames was highest on 17 November, but the Kennet was higher on 28 November. Caversham lock was much damaged.'
1969
The equal lowest November grass minimum temperature on record at -12.7 C. The air minimum temperature was a relatively high -3.9 C this morning. Not surprisingly, there was ice on local ponds.
2005
One of the lowest November grass minimum temperatures on record at -11.8 C. The minimum air temperature was -5.0 C. Reading lay on the cold side of a ridge of high pressure that drew N'ly winds across the area.

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