Provisional figures from our National Climate Information Centre have shown that this October has been a fairly unremarkable month in terms of weather for the UK.
Temperature, rainfall and sunshine have all been fairly close to the average and there’s certainly nothing record breaking about the general figures.
With a mean temperature for the UK of 8.2 °C for the month, it’s on the colder side of average and the coldest October since 2003 – which was the same temperature.
To find a colder month, you have to go back to 1993, which had a mean temperature of 7.3 °C.
In the records dating back to 1910, this October is ranked joint 18th alongside 2003, 1955 and 1931. Just for the record, the coldest on record was set in 1917, with a much colder 6.6 °C.
For rainfall, the 128.0 mm of rain that fell across the UK during the month is very close to the 1981-2010 average of 127.1 mm – so this October was very ‘normal’ in that respect.
Sunshine is similarly close to the norm, with 92.8 hours of sunshine virtually spot-on with the 1981-2010 average of 92.5 hours.
As ever, there are some regional variations within the national picture, illustrated with these maps:
With regards to temperature, most parts of the country were cooler than average but parts of Scotland saw slightly colder conditions than anywhere else when compared to the regional average.
While rainfall was average for the UK overall, some parts of southern and eastern Britain were considerably wetter than their regional average but it was a somewhat drier than average month across parts of the west and north – particularly western Scotland.
Sunshine also saw regional variation. Parts of the south-east were notably dull – here it was provisionally the dullest October since 1982. The northern half of the UK, and particularly western Scotland, was somewhat sunnier than average.
Here’s a roundup of Met Office observation station extremes for the month:
• Highest temperature: 18.8 °C at Holbeach, Linconshire on 1st
• Lowest temperature: -7.8 °C at Braemar, Aberdeenshire on 17th
• Wettest day (0000 hrs-0000 hrs): 61.4 mm at Ballpatrick, Antrim on the 18th
• Sunniest day: 10.4 hours of sunshine at St Athan, Glamorgan on the 6th
• Strongest gust of wind: 78 mph at the Needles, Isle of Wight on the 5th