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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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March 2017

At the start of March, the weather was changeable with westerly and south-westerly winds, and mild for most but with some wintry showers in Scotland, mainly over higher ground.The first half continued mild and changeable but with some quieter interludes, particularly in the second week and in the south-east. The UK escaped the storm that brought damaging winds to northern France on the 6th.The weather briefly turned colder between the 20th and the 22nd, with some snow in the north, but several dry sunny days followed under high pressure.It turned wetter during the last four days.

The provisional UK mean temperature was 7.3 °C, which is 1.8 °C above the 1981-2010 long-term average, making it the joint fifth warmest March in a series since 1910. Mean maximum temperatures were between 1.5 and 2.5°C above average across most of the country, with the highest anomalies in East Anglia and the south-east, while mean minimum temperatures were more than 2 °C above over much of southern England but less than 1 °C above in parts of Scotland.  Rainfall was below normal in the south-east and in parts of Scotland, but above normal in Wales, north-west England and the Borders, with 104% of average rainfall overall.  Sunshine was 121% of average, and it was a sunny month over most of the country, especially so in north-west Scotland, but sunshine was below normal in south Wales and the West Country.

The UK monthly extremes were as follows:  A maximum temperature of 22.1 °C was recorded at Gravesend (Kent) on the 30th.  A minimum temperature of -8.6 °C was recorded at Dalwhinnie (Inverness-shire) on the 22nd.  In the 24 hours ending at 0900 GMT on the 4th, 75.0 mm of rain fell at Trassey Slievenaman (County Down).  Wind gusts of 67 knots (77 mph) were recorded at Fair Isle and Lerwick (Shetland) on the 14th. A snow depth of 14 cm was recorded at Copley (County Durham) on the 22nd.

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Last updated: Apr 4, 2017 12:45 PM