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Latest News: July 2014

 

June 2014: Another mild but relatively dry month
  • June was the seventh consecutive warmer than average month with 21 days exceeding 21°C (70°F)
  • Ninth warmest June in the UK since current records began in 1910
  • Max: 26.6°C on the 13th
  • Min: 7.6°C on the 6th
  • Mean: 16.5°C (1.8°C above 1981-2010 average of 14.5°C)
  • Rainfall: 41.8mm (82% 1981-2010 average of 51.0mm). Compare this to June 2012, the wettest June on record, with 137.6mm (270% average!)
  • Wettest day: 14.4mm on the 4th
  • Year to date rainfall: 661.6mm (88.4% of the annual 1981-2010 average of 748.6mm)
  • Mid June brought some particularly humid and thundery conditions to much of Europe and in the 48-hours to the 10th, 400,000 lightning strikes were recorded across Europe. My own slow motion video of a lightning strike over Salisbury in the early hours of the 14th can be seen here
European Lightning Strikes 10th June 2014

European Lightning Strikes 48-hours to 10th June 2014
Courtesy of Blitzortung



Spring 2014: Very mild but wetter than average

 

  • Provisionally the third mildest spring since records began in 1910, behind 2007 and 2011, largely due to mild nights. This is in stark contrast to spring 2013 which was the coldest in 50 years, with a mean temperature a remarkable 2.9°C lower than this year (see graphics below)
  • Overall the UK was slightly wetter than average but with marked regional variations. Our region fell into the wettest part of the country this spring
  • Max: 25.4°C on the 19th May
  • Min: -2.4°C on the 24th March (only 5 slight air frosts, notably few)
  • Mean: 10.2°C (1.2°C above 1981-2010 average of 9°C)
  • Rainfall: 226mm (138.7% 1981-2010 average of 163mm)
  • Wettest day: 20.4mm on the 22nd May
  • Wettest month: April with 95.8mm (186% 1981-2010 average of 51.4mm), although for most of the UK May was the wettest month. April was particularly wet in the Hampshire/South Wiltshire area

 

New SpireWeather Records
  • Record rain rate: 138.8mm/hr on 20th April
Spring 2014: Rainfall Anomaly and Temperature Anomaly Comparison with Spring 2013

Spring 2014: Rainfall, and temperature anomalies compared with Spring 2013
Anomaly data courtesy of the Met Office

 

2013 Highlights: An average year with some notable extremes

 

  • Spring: Coldest in 50 years
  • Summer: Warmest & sunniest since 2006
  • Autumn: St. Jude’s Day Storm
  • Winter: Stormiest December on record
2013 Temperature and Rainfall

2013 Temperature and Rainfall

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