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Latest News: October 2014

 

September 2014: Driest September on record, and one of the warmest
  • The UK’s driest September since records began in 1910, but the second driest in England, a record still held by September 1959. This is remarkable given that it follows the wettest January to August on record. It was also the UK’s driest calendar month since August 1995
  • Fourth warmest September in the UK since current records began in 1910, but still a fair way behind the record September warmth of 2006, again remarkable following such a cool August
  • Max: 25.0°C on the 16th
  • Min: 4.7°C on the 22nd
  • Mean: 15.5°C (1.2°C above 1981-2010 average of 14.3°C)
  • Sunshine: Surprisingly sunshine amounts were close to, or a little below, the 1981-2010 average over most of the UK
  • Rainfall: 19.2mm (32% 1981-2010 average of 59.4mm)
  • Wettest day: 14.8mm on the 19th, 11.6mm of that falling during a thunderstorm between 12pm and 2pm with a rainfall rate of 88.6mm/hr. The radar image below shows an intense thunderstorm over North Wiltshire on the evening of the 18th/19th, resulting in the wet spot (shown white) on the otherwise dry (brown) anomaly map beside it
  • Year to date rainfall: 786.8mm (105% of the annual 1981-2010 average of 748.6mm)

 

Rainfall, temperature and sunshine anomalies, September 2014

Rainfall, temperature and sunshine anomalies, September 2014
Anomaly 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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