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Latest News: September 2014

 

August 2014: Cooler and wetter than average
  • The arrival of ex-hurricane Bertha in the UK on the 10th set up a cool and showery regime for the rest of August, ending a run of eight warmer than average months
  • The first cooler than average month since November 2013
  • Coolest August since 1993
  • Max: 26.3°C on the 7th
  • Min: 4.9°C on the 24th – our record lowest August temperature, not as exceptional as it might seem given that in Larkhill August temperatures dropped to 2.8°C in 1921 and 3.0°C in 1970
  • Mean: 15.7°C (1.1°C below 1981-2010 average of 16.8°C)
  • Rainfall: 80.6mm (156.5% 1981-2010 average of 51.5mm). Note the patchy distribution of heavy rainfall in the image below, a pattern characterised by localised summer downpours
  • Wettest day: 20.6mm on the 25th. Bank Holiday Monday was Salisbury’s wettest day since 4th January, and the third wettest day of 2014!
  • Year to date rainfall: 767.6mm (102.5% of the annual 1981-2010 average of 748.6mm). In other words, with four months of 2014 still to go, we have already received more than our total average annual rainfall
  • Sunshine: Close to average across most of the UK

 

Rainfall, temperature and sunshine anomalies, August 2014

Rainfall, temperature and sunshine anomalies, August 2014
Images courtesy of the Met Office



Summer 2014: An average summer overall

 

  • A warm and dry June/July was offset by a cool and wet August
  • Wetter and cooler than 2013: The graphics below demonstrate that summer 2014 was wetter and cooler, but sunnier, than summer 2013
  • Warmest January to July on record – according to the Central England Temperature Series, the seven month period January to July 2014 was the warmest on record (since 1659)
  • Max: 31.0°C on the 24th July
  • Min: 4.9°C on the 24th August
  • Mean: 17.1°C (0.9°C above 1981-2010 average of 16.2°C)
  • Rainfall: 147.8mm (97.6% 1981-2010 average of 151.4mm)
  • Wettest day: 20.6mm on the 25th August
  • Wettest month: August with 80.6mm (156.5% 1981-2010 average of 51.5mm)

 

New SpireWeather Records
  • Lowest August temperature: 4.9°C on the 24th
  • Highest minimum temperature: 17.6°C on 18th July

 

Rainfall, temperature and sunshine anomalies, Summer 2013 and 2014

Rainfall, temperature and sunshine anomalies, Summer 2013 and 2014
Anomaly data courtesy of the Met Office

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