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

March 2015

At the start of the month, the UK was in an unsettled Atlantic weather type bringing rain and strong wind at times. A succession of active depressions affected mainly northern and western areas from 5th to 12th, after which pressure built and the weather was more settled for most. The final week was rather unsettled with rain or showers generally and some very strong winds. It was generally driest in southern areas.

The provisional UK mean temperature for March 2015 was 5.5 °C, which is 0.1 °C above the 1981-2010 long-term average. North-east of Scotland was mildest relative to average. Aberdeenshire and the south-eastern half of England were drier than average, with parts of central southern England having less than half their average rainfall, but western Scotland and north-west England had quite a wet month. The overall UK rainfall total was exactly 100% of average. Sunshine was well above normal in many areas, and the UK received 121% of average sunshine hours.

A maximum temperature of 17.4 °C was recorded at Santon Downham (Suffolk) on the 7th. A minimum temperature of -7.4 °C was recorded at Aboyne (Aberdeenshire) on the 15th. In the 24 hours ending at 0900 GMT on the 7th, 122.2 mm of rain fell at Altdearg House (Isle of Skye). A wind gust of 97 mph was recorded at Capel Curig (Gwynedd) on the 30th. A snow depth of 17 cm was recorded at Malham Tarn (North Yorkshire) at 0900 GMT on the 3rd.

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Last updated: 7 April 2015