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

April 2015

At the start of the month, the UK was in a rather unsettled weather type, but within a few days a much more settled pattern became established under the influence of high pressure. This was interrupted for a few days towards mid-month, followed by more fine weather with some very warm days and plenty of sunshine across many areas. However, the final six days of the month were unsettled and cold with some sharp frosts and snow across high ground in the north.

The provisional UK mean temperature for April 2015 was 7.9 °C, which is 0.5 °C above the 1981-2010 long-term average. It was mildest relative to average from the English Midlands south-westwards. Southern and eastern areas were driest, with less than half the average rainfall for most areas and less than 20% in a few places, whereas northern and western Scotland had near-average rainfall for the month. The overall UK rainfall total was 64% of average. Sunshine was well above normal in most areas, and the UK received 143% of average sunshine hours, making it provisionally the sunniest April in a series from 1929.

A maximum temperature of 25.6 °C was recorded at Faversham (Kent) on the 15th. A minimum temperature of -8.0 °C was recorded at Katesbridge (County Down) on the 27th. In the 24 hours ending at 0900 GMT on the 14th, 65.2 mm of rain fell at Alltdearg House (Isle of Skye). A wind gust of 76 mph was recorded at Capel Curig (Gwynedd) on the 12th. A snow depth of 6 cm was recorded at Aviemore (Inverness-shire) at 0900 GMT on the 1st.

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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).

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Last updated: 6 May 2015