Early statistics from the Met Office National Climate Information Centre show that this has been one of the warmest springs in records dating back to 1910.
Based on figures up until 28 May and then assuming average conditions to the end of the month, the mean temperature for the UK for the season is 8.97 °C, third warmest in the records (beaten by 2007 with 9.05 °C and 2011 with 9.15 °C).
Looking at specific countries, it is currently the third warmest spring for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
However, it has been particularly warm in Scotland compared to average. Depending on temperatures in the final three days of May, this spring could be Scotland’s warmest since records began with a current mean temperature of 7.63 °C, just above the record set in 2011 of 7.61 °C.
Each of the three months of spring have seen above average temperatures. The figures for May up to the 28th of the month show it has been 0.8 °C above the long-term average for the UK.
This continues a run of six months where the UK mean temperature was warmer than average, with all the months from December through to April each being at least 1 °C warmer than the long-term average.
Apart from the above average temperatures, statistics for May otherwise show it has been duller and wetter than average so far.
Sunshine is down compared to the long-term average, with the UK having seen 141.8 hours which is 76% of what we would normally expect.
Scotland and Northern Ireland have seen particularly low levels of sun – Scotland has seen 103.8 hours which is 58% of the average, and Northern Ireland has seen just 51% of its average with 92.9 hours.
Rainfall statistics for May show that it has been a wet month so far, with the UK having seen 97.7mm of rain which is 140% of the long-term average.
When it comes to rainfall for spring overall, it has been only slightly wetter than average. The figures show that spring is about 7% wetter than the long-term average.
Northern Ireland actually had a slightly drier spring, with only 91.8% of the average rainfall.
|Spring*||Actual||Diff from Avg||Actual||% of Avg|
*Please note these are projected numbers that include statistics from 1 March to 28 May, then assume average conditions for the final few days of the season. They may not accurately represent the final full-season figures.
|Mean Temperature||Sunshine hours||Rainfall|
|May**||Actual||Diff from Avg||Actual||% of Avg||Actual||% of Avg|
** Please note these are preliminary statistics from 1-28 May. The final figures will change once statistics from the final few days of the month are included.