Climate summaries

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April 2016

At the start of April, the UK's weather was unsettled and dominated by low pressure, with frequent showers and some longer spells of rain. This unsettled regime continued into the second week, with low pressure to the south-west in the Atlantic drawing in an easterly airstream. The second half of April was mostly cold, bright and showery with frequent northerly winds, although there was a brief warm sunny spell in central and northern areas between the 19th and 22nd. Sleet and snow fell unusually widely for late-April between the 26th and 29th, with some accumulations even at lower levels in the north-east accompanied by sharp frosts.

The provisional UK mean temperature was 6.5 °C, which is 0.9 °C below the 1981-2010 long-term average, and all regions were colder than average. Rainfall was 112% of average, and it was generally wetter than average in eastern areas, particularly near the east coast of Scotland, but it was drier than average in south-west England. Sunshine was generally near or slightly above average, and the UK had 108% of average sunshine overall.

The UK monthly extremes were as follows: A maximum temperature of 20.3 °C was recorded at Porthmadog (Gwynedd) on the 21st. A minimum temperature of -5.6 °C was recorded at Kinbrace (Sutherland) on the 28th. In the 24 hours ending at 0900 GMT on the 2nd, 104.6 mm of rain fell at Alltdearg House, near Sligachan (Isle of Skye). A wind gust of 57 knots (66 mph) was recorded at High Bradfield (South Yorkshire) on the 6th. A snow depth of 9 cm was measured at Crombie Country Park (Angus) at 0900 GMT on the 29th.

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Last updated: 4 May 2016