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

August 2014

August was an often unsettled month with some large daily rainfall totals in some areas. Ex-Hurricane 'Bertha' passed over the UK on 10th to 11th bringing some unseasonably windy and wet weather, before moving into the North Sea and maintaining a cool and showery regime. The second half of the month saw some notably cool days and nights with some early ground frosts, and remained unsettled resulting in a cool and wet month overall.

The provisional UK mean temperature was 13.9 °C, 1.0 °C below the 1981-2010 long-term average. This was the coolest August for the UK since 1993, ending a sequence of eight warmer than average months. Rainfall was above average, particularly across northern Scotland which had its wettest August in a series from 1910. The UK overall received 156% of average rainfall and this was equal-seventh wettest in the series. It was a slightly sunnier than average month in the north and west with 107% of average sunshine hours for the UK overall.

A maximum temperature of 27.2 °C was recorded at St James Park (Greater London) on the 7th. A minimum temperature of -2.1 °C was recorded at Braemar (Aberdeenshire) on the 25th. In the 24 hours ending at 0900 GMT on the 10th, 132.6 mm of rain fell at Fair Isle (Northern Isles). A wind gust of 64 mph was recorded at Needles Old Battery (Isle of Wight) on the 10th.

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

Monthly Weather Reports (1884 to 1993).

British Rainfall (1860 to 1991).

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

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: 2 September 2014