These web pages are a source of information for those interested in the climate of the UK. The pages are updated each month to reflect the latest month's weather across the UK. A timetable for publication of the climate summaries is available below.
Those interested in climate change and predictions of future climates should also visit the Climate Change pages.
The month opened with some generally unsettled and wet weather. The westerly weather type meant there were relatively few dry days, but also few frosts. From mid-month there was a shift to more settled, but colder weather with plenty of sunshine as high pressure systems dominated. The country experienced the first widespread frosts and some early-season snowfalls in the north.
The provisional UK mean temperature was 5.5 °C, which is 0.7 °C below the 1981-2010 average. The UK received 76% of long-term average rainfall making this provisionally the driest November since 2004; parts of eastern Scotland, Northern Ireland, northern England and Anglesey receiving less than half the average rainfall. Most of the country enjoyed a relatively sunny month, particularly parts of northern England and eastern Scotland. For Scotland overall, this was provisionally the sunniest November in a series from 1929.
A maximum temperature of 16.5 °C was recorded at Exeter Airport (Devon) on the 6th. A minimum temperature of -8.1 °C was recorded at Braemar (Aberdeenshire) on the 25th. In the 24 hours ending at 0900 GMT on the 21st, 55.4 mm of rain fell at Chillingham Barns (Northumberland). A wind gust of 89 mph was recorded at Mumbles Head (West Glamorgan) on the 2nd. A snow depth of 5 cm was recorded at Altnaharra (Sutherland) and Tulloch Bridge (Highland) on the 19th.
Monthly Weather Reports (1884 to 1993).
British Rainfall (1860 to 1991).
Central England Temperature (series begins in 1659).
UK Regional Precipitation (series begins in 1766).
Last updated: 5 December 2013