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 2015

At the start of September, north-westerly winds brought cool and showery weather to the UK. After this, the weather was dominated by high pressure from the 5th until the 11th and again from the 25th onwards, which mostly brought dry weather with plenty of sunshine, especially near the end of the month. However, the weather was rather changeable from the 12th to the 24th, and despite the two fine spells, it was a generally cool month. The fine spell during the last few days brought warm days but also some notably cool nights.

The provisional UK mean temperature was 11.9 °C, which is 0.8 °C below the 1981-2010 long-term average. It was coldest relative to average across East Anglia and south-east England, but parts of north and north-west Scotland were slightly warmer than average. It was a very dry month in western Scotland and north-west England, with less than a third of the normal rainfall in many locations, but rainfall was near or slightly above average in parts of south-east England. September was a sunny month over most of the UK, especially so in western Scotland, but sunshine totals were below average for Orkney and Shetland.

The UK monthly extremes were as follows: A maximum temperature of 24.0 °C was recorded at Braemar (Aberdeenshire) on the 30th, and a minimum temperature of -1.3 °C was recorded at Braemar (Aberdeenshire), also on the 30th. In the 24 hours ending at 0900 GMT on the 15th, 53.6 mm of rain fell at Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire. A wind gust of 78 mph was recorded at Needles Old Battery (Isle of Wight) on the 15th.

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Historic monthly weather reports, British Rainfall publications and snow surveys of Great Britain

Monthly Weather Report (1884 to 1993).

British Rainfall (1860 to 1991).

Snow Survey of Great Britain (1953/1954 to 1991/1992).

Daily weather summary and state of UK climate report

Daily Weather Summary (from 2014).

State of the UK Climate (from 2014).

Homogeneous series based on selected station data

Central England Temperature (series begins in 1659).

UK Regional Precipitation (series begins in 1766).

Graphs, maps and data sets

Last updated: 2 October 2015