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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

November 2016

At the start of November the weather was quiet and mild in the south, but cold bright weather spread from the north. There was another cold northerly incursion between the 5th and 7th, which was followed by some snow even for many low-lying parts of Scotland and northern England on the 8th and 9th. It was generally unsettled between the 9th and 21st, though with several bright showery days. Storm Angus brought wet and windy weather and problems with flooding in the south-west, and a further depression brought heavy rain and more widespread flooding on the 21st. High pressure brought generally dry, settled and cold weather from the 23rd onwards, with frequent sunny spells for most parts.

The provisional UK mean temperature was 4.9 °C, which is 1.3 °C below the 1981-2010 long-term average. The negative temperature anomaly was generally larger by night than by day, and largest in Scotland. Rainfall was 89% of average, and it was a dry November over much of Wales, Northern Ireland and central and western Scotland, but most of England had near or rather above average rainfall. Sunshine was generally above average except in Cornwall, and it was particularly anomalously sunny in north-west Scotland. With 130% of average, it was provisionally the third sunniest November in a series from 1929.

The UK monthly extremes were as follows:  A maximum temperature of 19.0 °C was recorded at Cardinham (Cornwall) on the 1st.  A minimum temperature of -12.1 °C was recorded at Braemar (Aberdeenshire) on the 21st.  In the 24 hours ending at 0900 GMT on the 21st, 70.4 mm of rain fell at Chillingham Barns (Northumberland).  A wind gust of 73 knots (84 mph) was recorded at Shawbury (Shropshire) on the 17th.  A snow depth of 7 cm was reported at Bingley (West Yorkshire) on the 9th.

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Last updated: Dec 2, 2016 2:14 PM