Climate summaries

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UK last month

May 2016

May began unsettled and windy with low pressure in charge, but by the 5th a warmer and more settled pattern became established with high pressure close to the UK. For much of the rest of the month an easterly flow prevailed and brought plenty of fine, warm and sunny weather, although it was often cooler near North Sea coasts, and scattered thundery showers sometimes affected western and southern areas. It was particularly warm in the second week. This pattern was interrupted by a brief colder interlude mid-month and an unsettled spell from the 17th to 22nd, but warm and sunny weather re-established itself in many western areas during the last week.

The provisional UK mean temperature was 11.3 °C, which is 0.9 °C above the 1981-2010 long-term average. All regions were between 0.5 and 1.5 °C warmer than average. Rainfall was 92% of average, and it was drier than average in south-west England, eastern Scotland and the far north of England, but wetter than average in parts of southern England and western Scotland. Sunshine was 115% of average, and it was particularly sunny in western Scotland and north Wales, but sunshine was near or slightly below average in some counties bordering the North Sea.

The UK monthly extremes were as follows: A maximum temperature of 27.7 °C was recorded at Plockton (Ross & Cromarty) on the 9th. A minimum temperature of -5.7 °C was recorded at Tulloch Bridge (Inverness-shire) on the 14th. In the 24 hours ending at 0900 GMT on the 2nd, 81.2 mm of rain fell at Alltdearg House, near Sligachan (Isle of Skye). A wind gust of 53 knots (61 mph) was recorded at South Uist (Western Isles) on the 2nd.

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Last updated: 6 June 2016

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