Climate summaries

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.

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UK last month

October 2015

For much of October the weather was influenced by high pressure bringing periods of dry, settled weather and some good spells of sunshine, but with some overnight frost and fog. However, it was more unsettled with spells of rain from 5th to the 7th, and it was unsettled again for the last third of the month, but generally mild in a mostly westerly or southerly flow.

The provisional UK mean temperature was 10.0 °C, which is 0.5 °C above the 1981-2010 long-term average. Maximum temperatures were above average, especially in the far north-west, but minimum temperatures were mostly close to average. It was a notably dry month in the west and north with less than a third of average rainfall in a few locations. The UK overall received 57% of average rainfall and it was the driest October since 2007. Sunshine totals were below average in the south and east but above average in the north-west.

The UK monthly extremes were as follows: A maximum temperature of 22.7 °C was recorded at Braemar (Aberdeenshire) on the 1st, and a minimum temperature of -5.0 °C was recorded at Braemar on the 17th. In the 24 hours ending at 0900 GMT on the 7th, 46.8 mm of rain fell at Charr, Kincardineshire. Wind gusts of 69 mph were recorded at South Uist (Western Isles) and Kirkwall (Orkney) on the 22nd.

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Historic monthly weather reports, British Rainfall publications and snow surveys of Great Britain

Monthly Weather Report (1884 to 1993).

British Rainfall (1860 to 1991).

Snow Survey of Great Britain (1953/1954 to 1991/1992).

Daily weather summary and state of UK climate report

Daily Weather Summary (from 2014).

State of the UK Climate (from 2014).

Homogeneous series based on selected station data

Central England Temperature (series begins in 1659).

UK Regional Precipitation (series begins in 1766).

Graphs, maps and data sets

Last updated: 4 November 2015