The following represents a final assessment of the weather experienced across the UK during Summer 2008 (June/July/August) and how it compares with the 1971 to 2000 average (period used for the seasonal forecast).
Mean temperatures for the UK were slightly above average for all 3 summer months. There was a notable contrast between maximum and minimum temperature during August, with maximum temperatures 0.5 °C below average and minimum temperatures 1.3 °C above average. The maximum temperatures for the UK for August were the same as August 2007, which had been the coolest since 1994.
All three summer months had above-average rainfall across the UK, with August being the wettest month. Well above-average summer rainfall across most areas, with parts of Northern Ireland and eastern Scotland having around double their average rainfall. In contrast, some areas of northern Scotland and south-east England had below average rainfall.
Three contrasting months for sunshine over the UK, with June being above average , July just below average and August having exceptionally below average sunshine. Summer sunshine levels were below average across most areas.
|The mean value for the season is 14.5 °C, which is 0.4 °C above the 1971-2000 average. Summer 2007 was cooler with 14.1°C and Summer 2006 was warmer with 15.8 °C.||The total for the season is 320.2 mm, which is 141% of the 1971-2000 average. Summer 2007 was wetter with 357.1 mm and Summer 2006 was drier with 188.3 mm.||The total for the season is 451.4 hours, which is 88% of the 1971-2000 average. Summer 2007 was slightly sunnier with 473.0 hours. Last duller Summer was 2002, with 439.0 hours.|