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

June 2015

At the start of June an intense low pressure system brought rain and unseasonably strong winds to the UK. After this, the month was typified by rather quiet weather generally; after a spell of fine, settled weather there was rain or showers from time to time, and more unsettled conditions over Scotland, although generally much drier further south. Much of June was rather cool in an often westerly or north-westerly flow, but it became very warm at the end of the month.

The provisional UK mean temperature was 12.6 °C, which is 0.4 °C below the 1981-2010 long-term average. It was coldest relative to average in northern and western areas. Rainfall was above average over the northern and western two-thirds of Scotland, but England, Wales and Northern Ireland were drier than average. Parts of the London area and East Anglia were especially dry with less than a third of average rainfall in some places. The overall UK rainfall total was 75% of average. It was a sunny month for much of the UK except Scotland. The UK overall received 116% of average sunshine hours and this was the sixth month out of the last seven to be sunnier than average for the UK.

The UK monthly extremes were as follows: a maximum temperature of 32.5 °C was recorded at Heathrow (Greater London) on the 30th. This occurred shortly before 0900 GMT on 1st July at the end of the standard 0900 to 0900 GMT observing period for the last day of the month during a developing heat-wave. A minimum temperature of -1.9 °C was recorded at Katesbridge (County Down) on the 9th and also at Resallach (Sutherland) on the 14th. In the 24 hours ending at 0900 GMT on the 2nd, 64.0 mm of rain fell at Rest and Be Thankful (Argyll). A wind gust of 78 mph was recorded at Capel Curig (Gwynedd) on the 1st.

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Last updated: 7 July 2015