Climate summaries

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August 2016

At the start of August the weather was unsettled with low pressure in charge, and wet in the south. It was generally changeable during the first fortnight, and windy at times in the first week. It was often more settled in the second half, although the 20th had a notably vigorous depression for the time of year which brought strong winds to many parts of England. Frequent southerly winds brought a spell of high temperatures over much of England, especially East Anglia and the south-east, which peaked on the 23rd when a few spots recorded 34 °C.

The provisional UK mean temperature was 15.5 °C, which is 0.6 °C above the 1981-2010 long-term average. Mean maximum temperatures were 1.5 to 2 °C above average in East Anglia, but closer to normal in most western areas. Mean minimum temperatures were generally slightly above normal except in northern Scotland, where a few sites fell to -1 °C on the 10th. Rainfall was 99% of average, and it was a wet month in parts of northern England and the Hebrides, but dry in East Anglia, south-east England and Northern Ireland. Sunshine was mostly rather above average except in Northern Ireland, and the UK had 110% of the long-term average overall.

The UK monthly extremes were as follows: A maximum temperature of 34.1 °C was recorded at Faversham (Kent) on the 23rd. A minimum temperature of -1.5 °C was recorded at Kindrogan (Perthshire) on the 10th. In the 24 hours ending at 0900 GMT on the 11th, 70.2 mm of rain fell at Loch Shiel (Inverness-shire). A wind gust of 60 knots (69 mph) was recorded at Needles Old Battery (Isle of Wight) on the 20th.

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Last updated: 2 September 2016

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