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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February was another stormy, very unsettled and wet month. During the first half, the weather was dominated by a succession of major winter storms, continuing a sequence from late January, bringing strong winds, heavy rain and significant weather impacts including extensive flooding across the Somerset Levels and from the River Thames. Huge waves also made conditions extremely dangerous around the coastline of Wales and southern England. Although the exceptionally stormy weather ended on the 15th, the rest of the month remained very unsettled. However, conditions were mild with any snow confined to the Scottish mountains.
It was a mild month with the UK mean temperature 5.2 °C, which is 1.5 °C above the 1981-2010 long-term average, and the number of air frosts among the lowest in the last 50 years. The UK overall received 184% of average rainfall, making it the 4th wettest February in the historical series. A broad region covering most of Wales and southern England received more than double the average rainfall for February, as did some other areas; a few places had close to three times the average. The region of south-east and central southern England, with 270% of normal, was only just short of its February rainfall record. It was not so wet everywhere though, and parts of Lincolnshire, north-east England and north-east Scotland received near average rainfall. There was a general division in sunshine across the country; despite being so wet the south-east of the UK was sunnier than average whereas some western areas were duller than average. The UK overall received 108% of average sunshine hours.
A maximum temperature of 14.9 °C was recorded at Kew Gardens, St James's Park and Heathrow (all Greater London) on the 24th. A minimum temperature of -7.7 °C was recorded at Altnaharra (Sutherland) on the 17th. In the 24 hours ending at 0900 GMT on the 23rd, 125.6 mm of rain fell at Altdearg House, near Sligachan (Isle of Skye). A wind gust of 109 mph was recorded at Needles Old Battery (Isle of Wight) on the 14th. A snow-depth of 20 cm was measured at Tulloch Bridge (Highland) at 0900 GMT on the 12th.
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: 4 March 2014