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 2015

The weather during August was mostly unsettled and fairly cool, with the UK often under the influence of nearby areas of low pressure. Temperatures frequently struggled to reach average levels, although there were some warmer days, particularly across eastern England, with temperatures up to around 25 °C, and the London area reached 30 °C on 22 August. However, frontal systems brought heavy rain and thundery downpours, particularly during the second half of the month.

The provisional UK mean temperature was 14.7 °C, which is 0.2 °C below the 1981-2010 long-term average. It was coldest relative to average across south-west England, south Wales and Northern Ireland. This was a very wet month across southern coastal counties of England which received double the normal rainfall amount; some locations approached three times the monthly average rainfall and it was provisionally the wettest August across south-east England since 1977. It was a fairly wet month for many other areas too, except Scotland where rainfall overall was near average. August was a dull month across central and southern England but it was sunnier across north-east England and eastern Scotland.

The UK monthly extremes were as follows: A maximum temperature of 30.9 °C was recorded at Kew Gardens (Greater London) and Gravesend (Kent) on the 22nd. A minimum temperature of 0.3 °C was recorded at Braemar (Aberdeenshire) on the 17th. In the 24 hours ending at 0900 GMT on the 23rd, 62.6 mm of rain fell at Bramham (West Yorkshire). A wind gust of 67 mph was recorded at Needles Old Battery (Isle of Wight) on the 26th.

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Central England Temperature (series begins in 1659).

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Last updated: 3 September 2015