Average (1981-2010): 223.7 hours with 7.9 days of strong sunshine
2014: 110.9mm of rain
Average (1981-2010): 41.3mm
Average (1981-2010): 236.4 hours with 8.85 days of strong sunshine
2014: 78.1mm of rain
Average (1981-2010): 42.5mm
A cooler wetter August may suggest that the harvest could start a little later than initially thought. It will have thrown up its own challenges. Although at Tours the 2014 rainfall (78.1mm) is well below the record 169.5mm in 1963, the figures in Anjou are rather closer: 110.9mm this year against 134.5mm in 1965.
Given that we talk about weather being so much more unpredictable today, it is interesting to note that at Tours the driest August has been 1961 with just 0.8mm for the month, while two years later – 1963 – has the record for being the wettest.
Here's to a drier September!