St James' Church
St James' Church

Aldergrove is a hamlet and townland sub-division in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is within the townland of Seacash and parish of Killead – 6 miles (9.7 km) south of Antrim and 18 miles (29 km) west of Belfast. It is part of the Borough of Antrim and Newtownabbey.

The name Aldergrove is more commonly used to describe the major airfield to the north east of the hamlet. Two long runways serve both the civil Belfast International Airport and the Joint Helicopter Command Flying Station (formerly the military base RAF Aldergrove).

The first jet aircraft to make a non-stop transatlantic flight flew from Aldergrove on 21 February 1951: An RAF English Electric Canberra B Mk 2 (serial number WD932) flown by Squadron Leader A Callard of the A&AEE flew to Gander, Newfoundland, Canada. The flight covered almost 1,800 nautical miles (3,300 km) in four hours and 37 minutes. The aircraft was being flown to the United States to act as a pattern aircraft for the Martin B-57 Canberra.[citation needed]

Aldergrove railway station opened on 13 November 1871, it later closed in September 1960.[citation needed]

Climate

Climate data for Belfast International Airport, elevation: 63 m (207 ft), 1991–2020 normals, extremes 1958–present
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 14.0
(57.2)
15.6
(60.1)
20.2
(68.4)
21.8
(71.2)
25.0
(77.0)
29.5
(85.1)
30.8
(87.4)
28.0
(82.4)
25.6
(78.1)
21.8
(71.2)
16.4
(61.5)
15.0
(59.0)
30.8
(87.4)
Average high °C (°F) 7.3
(45.1)
7.9
(46.2)
9.7
(49.5)
12.3
(54.1)
15.2
(59.4)
17.6
(63.7)
19.1
(66.4)
18.7
(65.7)
16.6
(61.9)
13.1
(55.6)
9.8
(49.6)
7.6
(45.7)
12.9
(55.2)
Daily mean °C (°F) 4.7
(40.5)
4.9
(40.8)
6.3
(43.3)
8.5
(47.3)
11.2
(52.2)
13.8
(56.8)
15.4
(59.7)
15.2
(59.4)
13.2
(55.8)
10.2
(50.4)
7.1
(44.8)
5.0
(41.0)
9.6
(49.3)
Average low °C (°F) 2.1
(35.8)
2.0
(35.6)
3.0
(37.4)
4.7
(40.5)
7.1
(44.8)
9.9
(49.8)
11.8
(53.2)
11.7
(53.1)
9.9
(49.8)
7.2
(45.0)
4.4
(39.9)
2.4
(36.3)
6.4
(43.5)
Record low °C (°F) −12.8
(9.0)
−11.1
(12.0)
−9.9
(14.2)
−5.1
(22.8)
−2.8
(27.0)
−1.2
(29.8)
2.2
(36.0)
2.3
(36.1)
−0.5
(31.1)
−3.0
(26.6)
−8.6
(16.5)
−14.9
(5.2)
−14.9
(5.2)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 77.0
(3.03)
63.3
(2.49)
60.6
(2.39)
55.6
(2.19)
55.9
(2.20)
68.0
(2.68)
78.8
(3.10)
84.5
(3.33)
69.2
(2.72)
88.0
(3.46)
87.7
(3.45)
83.5
(3.29)
872.0
(34.33)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 14.7 13.2 13.0 12.0 11.6 11.9 14.1 14.2 12.1 14.0 15.5 15.2 161.3
Average snowy days 5 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 19
Average relative humidity (%) 89 87 88 89 90 90 90 92 92 91 90 89 91
Mean monthly sunshine hours 48.7 72.1 108.4 157.8 197.9 167.6 152.0 146.4 121.5 91.2 61.3 47.1 1,372
Source 1: Met Office[1] NOAA (relative humidity and snow days 1961–-1990)[2]
Source 2: KNMI[3][4]


See also

References

  1. ^ "Belfast International Airport 1991–2020 Averages". Met Office. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Belfast International Airport 1961–1990". NOAA. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Belfast International Airpoirt (Aldergrove) extreme values". KNMI. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Belfast International Airpoirt 1981-2010 average extreme values". KNMI. Retrieved 28 December 2017.

Coordinates: 54°38′41″N 6°14′35″W / 54.64472°N 6.24306°W / 54.64472; -6.24306