London Stansted Airport is particularly subject to the whims of the weather, with snow being a particular enemy to the smooth running of the airport. This has been an annual event in recent years, but in 1963 the weather was so cold on 23rd January that the temperature at Stansted Abbotts was measured at an incredible -21C, the lowest recorded since 1740. The effect of snowy weather was felt earlier than ever when it was recorded on 7th October 1974, the earliest time of year. The weather was so hot in August 1990 that a waxwork Norman Knight at Stansted Mountfitchet Castle melted, leaving only a pool of wax and two glass eyes.

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