With the recent run of generally fine, dry and warm weather you’d be forgiven for thinking this July so far would be anything but average – but the statistics tell a different story.
The UK mean temperature for 1-16 of the month is 15C, just 0.1C above average. UK rainfall is perhaps surprisingly close to the average too, with 36.3mm of rain making up 46% of the whole-month average – we’d expect to see about 52% of the average by now.
Sunshine is the only measure which is notably above average, with 111.4 hours for the UK which is about 65% of the whole-month average (again, we’d expect about 52% at this point in the month).
These figures might not fit in with how many have perceived this month so far, which has seen a good deal of dry and fine weather.
One possible reason for this is that UK day-time maximum temperatures have been slightly higher than average (19.7C), while the night-time minimums have been slightly lower than average (10.4C). So we’ve experienced warmer days, and cooler nights, which adds up to a very average mean temperature (which includes day and night-time temperatures).
Another reason for the statistics bucking the expectation is because, with the exception of last year, the preceding few summers have been generally a little disappointing.
While last year’s July was drier than average, five out of the six previous to that were wetter than average and three were cooler than average.
So perhaps we feel that the recent fine and dry weather is more unusual than it really is because of recent history.
Obviously it’s far too early to judge how this July will finish overall, with half of the month still to add in to the statistics.
You can explore all kinds of climate information, including monthly summaries back to 2001, and climate data back to 1910, on our climate pages.
|1 – 16 July 2014 **||Actual||Diff from 81-10 average||Actual||% of 81-10 average||Actual||% of 81-10 average|
** Please note these are half month statistics from 1-16 July. The final figures will change once statistics from the second half of the month are included.