Early statistics up to the 16th of November show that month so far has followed the generally warm theme of 2014. Some areas have also been very wet.
The mean temperature for the UK was 8.1C, which is 1.9C above the long-term (1981-2010) average for the whole month.
As we’re heading towards winter, which starts for meteorologists on 1 December, we would normally expect the first half of the November to be warmer than the second half – but even still, the month so far is above average. There have been few air frosts.
The mildest places compared to average have been in the South East of England and East Anglia – which are both around 2.5C above average.
Perhaps more significant is the rainfall so far this month. After 16 days of the month you’d expect about 53% of the full-month average to have fallen in a ‘normal’ November, but the UK has already seen 77% (93.1mm).
Northern Ireland has already had more than its full-month average with 150.8mm so far compared to the November average of 112.5mm. This is more than it had through the whole of October.
Looking at regions, some parts of southern England, south Wales and eastern Scotland have also received around their whole-month average rainfall after just 16 days. South-eastern parts of Northern Ireland have recorded over 200% of their average.
Overall, the UK is on course for a mild and wet month – but it’s too early to say exactly where we’ll end up after the full-month figures are included.
|1-16 Nov||Deg C||Diff to avg||Hours||% of Nov Avg||Actual mm||% of Nov Avg|
Data from the Met Office’s UK digitised records dating back to 1910. You can explore our climate data on our website.
Difference to average is not a very useful figure unless you also know the typical variation. It’s particularly important with temperature because unless you count absolute zero, there’s no baseline.
Also, for reference London is a region, but Scotland is a nation.
Meant “SE” is a region.
The wettest place in the UK so far this month is Glenanne in Northern Ireland with 193.5 mm of rain, the driest Hawarden in NW England with 26.9 mm. You can find a map of the mid November rainfall totals for the UK and other parts of Europe in my blog at http://wp.me/p3yVic-Tq