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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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April 2017

At the start of April, a weakening area of low pressure brought a showery day, but pressure quickly built from the south.  It was often warm until the 9th, especially on the weekend of the 8th/9th, with plenty of sunshine for much of the country although it was often cloudier in Northern Ireland and north-west Scotland.  From the 10th onwards temperatures were mostly close to average, with some cool nights, but the dry, anticyclonic theme continued.  There was a late cold snap between the 24th and 27th when a northerly outbreak brought scattered wintry showers and some overnight frosts.  The 30th was very wet in parts of the south-west.

The provisional UK mean temperature was 8.0 °C, which is 0.6 °C above the 1981-2010 long-term average.  Mean maximum temperatures were mostly between 0.5 and 1.5°C above normal, but were slightly below normal in parts of Northern Ireland and western Scotland, while mean minimum temperatures were mostly between 0.5 and 1.0°C above normal, though lower towards the south-east.  Rainfall was below normal except in north-west Scotland and parts of Devon, with 48% of average overall, making it the 10th driest April in a series from 1910.  There was less than 5 mm of rain locally in south-east England and around Lothian and Fife.  Sunshine was 109% of average, and most of the country had above average sunshine but it was cloudier than average in parts of northern and western Scotland and north-west Wales, and notably so in Northern Ireland.

The UK monthly extremes were as follows:  A maximum temperature of 25.5 °C was recorded at Cambridge (Cambridgeshire) on the 9th.  A minimum temperature of -6.2 °C was recorded at Cromdale (Morayshire) on the 18th.  In the 24 hours ending at 0900 GMT on the 11th, 58.8 mm of rain fell at Achfary (Sutherland).  A wind gust of 67 knots (77 mph) was recorded at Sella Ness (Shetland) on the 5th. A snow depth of 12 cm was recorded at Cromdale (Morayshire) on the 25th.

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Last updated: May 4, 2017 7:45 AM