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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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February 2017

At the start of February, a south-westerly type brought mild and unsettled weather with wet and windy weather frequently sweeping north-eastwards across the UK. Conditions became colder and quieter from the 4th onwards, with frequent easterly winds and snow for some in the second week, although the snow did not generally lie for long at low levels. From the 13th onwards it was generally mild, and after a fairly quiet spell, it turned wet and windy from the 21st onwards. Storm Doris brought damaging winds to parts of England and Wales on the 23rd, and significant snow to parts of Scotland.

The provisional UK mean temperature was 5.3 °C, which is 1.6 °C above the 1981-2010 long-term average, making it the ninth warmest February in a series since 1910. Mean maximum temperatures were between 1.0 and 1.5°C above average across most of the country, while mean minimum temperatures were more than 2 °C above over much of England and Wales, but nearer 1 °C above over much of Scotland and Northern Ireland.  Rainfall was mostly near or rather above normal except in northern Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of the West Country, with 106% of average rainfall overall.  It was generally a dull month except in northern Scotland and parts of the West Country, but in contrast it was a very sunny February in north-west Scotland.  The UK as a whole had just 79% of average sunshine.

The UK monthly extremes were as follows:  A maximum temperature of 18.3 °C was recorded at Northolt and Kew Gardens (Greater London) on the 20th.  A minimum temperature of -9.8 °C was recorded at Altnaharra (Sutherland) on the 11th.  In the 24 hours ending at 0900 GMT on the 22nd, 50.2 mm of rain fell at Cluanie Inn (Highland).  A wind gust of 82 knots (94 mph) was recorded at Capel Curig (Conwy) on the 23rd. Snow depths of 5 cm were recorded at Copley (County Durham) on the 11th and 12th, at Aboyne (Aberdeenshire), Tulloch Bridge (Inverness-shire) and Fettercairn (Kincardineshire) on the 23rd, and at Buxton (Derbyshire) on the 28th.

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Last updated: Mar 2, 2017 5:50 PM