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Records broken as temperate end to March offsets earlier cold spell

March 2021’s overall provisional climate statistics show a 0.9°C average temperature increase from 1981-2010 national averages for the month, as some high temperatures during the latter part of the month saw several stations break their existing records for their warmest March day.   Particularly low temperatures started the month for large parts of the … Continue reading

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What kind of temperature swings are ‘normal’ in UK spring?

With forecasters predicting a marked shift in temperatures in the coming days, here we take a look at how commonplace temperature fluctuations are during a typical UK spring. It’s certainly not uncommon for spring in the UK to see big … Continue reading

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Coldest January since 2010, but not exceptional by historical standards

January, with an average temperature of 2.2 °C, has been the coldest January across the UK since 2010. In that year the average UK January temperature was 0.9 °C; the coldest January on record was 1963 with a mean temperature … Continue reading

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Spring 2020: the sunniest on record in the UK

The UK has recorded the sunniest spring since records began in 1929. Since that time there have been only nine UK springs recording more than 500 hours of sunshine, with the previous sunniest being 555.3 hours in 1948. However, up … Continue reading

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The jet stream casts its shadow over the UK during October

October was an unsettled month, with frequent low-pressure systems influencing the weather of the UK, especially the south. The most notable influence on the month’s weather was the more southerly track of the jet stream when compared with an average October. This … Continue reading

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The weather has given us all a dry January

The UK has had its own Dry January, as most parts have experienced lower than average rainfall during the month. Provisional January 2017 data Mean temp (°C) Sunshine (hours) Rainfall (mm)   Actual Diff to avg Actual % of avg … Continue reading

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Topsy-turvy spell for the first month of Spring

Provisional figures up until 28 March show that most of England has had a wetter than average March but parts of Scotland have been much drier than average. In this topsy-turvy set up, figures also show that the north of … Continue reading

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Met Office rainfall records – how far do they go back and what can they tell us?

As we have seen over recent weeks and months, observations for the UK are essential to put recent weather into context and to detect variations and possible long-term trends in UK climate. So, when the Met Office quotes “the wettest … Continue reading

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