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

September 2014

September was dominated by high pressure, bringing plenty of fine and settled early-autumn weather, with only a few short interruptions. This meant that rainfall was limited in most regions, and temperatures were generally above average, though with no exceptional warmth on any particular days.

The provisional UK mean temperature was 13.9 °C, 1.3 °C above the 1981-2010 long-term average. This made it the equal-fourth warmest September for the UK in a series since 1910, although not as warm as 2006. It was also only the fifth time that the UK mean temperature for September has equalled or exceeded that for August. Rainfall was well below average in most places, with less than 20% of the long-term average over large swathes of the country, and an overall UK figure of just 23% of average. This was provisionally the driest September in a series since 1910, though only slightly drier than 1959. It was also the driest calendar month for the UK since August 1995. Sunshine was very close to normal overall, though it was sunnier relative to average on the western side than further east.

A maximum temperature of 26.3 °C was recorded at Wiggonholt (West Sussex) on the 18th. A minimum temperature of -0.1 °C was recorded at Katesbridge (County Down) on the 8th. In the 24 hours ending at 0900 GMT on the 19th, 47.8 mm of rain fell at Linkenholt (Hampshire). A wind gust of 66 mph was recorded at Sella Ness (Shetland) on the 26th.

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Last updated: 3 October 2014