Early provisional figures (1-28 October) show sunshine and temperatures were above normal in almost all places this month while rainfall has been below average, especially in western areas.
Much of October has been relatively settled, with high pressure dominating our weather. This has led to many dry, sunny days but cold nights and even a few frosts (coldest so far -5.0 °C at Braemar on 17th). Although the end of the month so far has been more unsettled, it has remained milder than average.
Rainfall has been below average, especially in the west of the UK, with only around 30% of average in eastern parts of Wales. The exception to this has been a band from Cambridgeshire to North Yorkshire and around Aberdeen where rainfall has been around average (at the time these figures were compiled we would expect around 90% of the month’s total rainfall and sunshine to have happened).
Maximum temperatures (daytime) have been above normal in almost all areas for October, with north west Scotland being 2°C above, while south-east England stayed around average. However cooler nights have led to Mean temperatures (average of daytime and night-time temperatures) over most of England and Wales being near average, but a degree or so above in parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland.
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Meanwhile Halloween starts off cloudy or foggy for many with some patchy rain across northern parts. However this clears leaving a mild day with patchy sunshine for many in the afternoon. Sunday, 1st November, looks much the same staying mostly dry with some sunny spells. Check out our five day forecast for more details.
Please note that these provisional figures, especially for rainfall & sunshine, are subject to revision. Anomalies are expressed relative to the 1981-2010 averaging period.