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

July 2014

Temperatures for July were above average across the UK, mainly due to warm days with many days having maximum temperatures above 25 °C, especially in the south-east. However, night-time temperatures were closer to average. There was plenty of warm, dry, sunny weather, but with the warmth leading to thunderstorms and localised downpours at times; the heaviest rain was generally across the south-east and East Anglia.

The provisional UK mean temperature was 16.3 °C, which is 1.2 °C above the 1981-2010 long-term average. This ranks as the equal-8th warmest July in a series from 1910, but was not as warm as July 2013. July 2014 was the 8th consecutive month with above average temperatures for the UK. Rainfall was rather below average overall, particularly across Devon, Cornwall and south-west Wales, but well above average in parts of East Anglia. The UK overall received 82% of average rainfall. It was a sunny month for most areas, especially the west and north, with 133% of average sunshine hours for the UK overall, making it provisionally the sixth sunniest July in a series since 1929 - though not as sunny as July 2013.

A maximum temperature of 32.3 °C was recorded at Gravesend (Kent) on the 18th. A minimum temperature of 1.2 °C was recorded at Braemar (Aberdeenshire) on the 6th. In the 24 hours ending at 0900 GMT on the 28th, 51.2 mm of rain fell at Santon Downham (Suffolk). A wind gust of 59 mph were recorded at Warcop Range (Cumbria) on the 18th.

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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).

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Central England Temperature (series begins in 1659).

UK Regional Precipitation (series begins in 1766).

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Last updated: 4 August 2014