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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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January 2017

At the start of January, a northerly incursion introduced mostly dry, settled and fairly cold conditions with some overnight frost. The weather turned mild and unsettled from the 6th, but there was a cold snap between the 11th and 14th with snow for most places, although lying snow tended to be short-lived on low ground. There was a prolonged settled spell with high pressure in charge during the second half of the month, which brought mild temperatures to the north and west of Scotland, but cold frosty weather to the south-east. It turned mild, cloudy and changeable towards the end of the month.

The provisional UK mean temperature was 3.9 °C, which is 0.2 °C above the 1981-2010 long-term average. It was a cold month in the south-east but generally milder than average elsewhere; both mean maximum and minimum temperatures were about 1.5 °C above average in north-west Scotland, but mean minimum temperatures were 1.5 to 2.0 °C below average in south-east England. It was a dry month except in central southern and south-eastern England, with 62 % of average rainfall overall. Sunshine was 120 % of average, making it the 10th sunniest January in a series from 1929, although sunshine was close to or a little below normal in north Wales and parts of the Midlands.

The UK monthly extremes were as follows:  A maximum temperature of 14.2 °C was recorded at Achfary (Sutherland) and Plockton (Wester Ross) on the 25th.  A minimum temperature of -10.1 °C was recorded at Braemar (Aberdeenshire) on the 30th.  In the 24 hours ending at 0900 GMT on the 15th, 53.6 mm of rain fell at Cluanie Inn  (Inverness-shire).  A wind gust of 81 knots (93 mph) was recorded at High Bradfield (South Yorkshire) on the 11th.  A snow depths of 18 cm was reported at Tulloch Bridge (Inverness-shire) on the 13th.

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Last updated: Feb 2, 2017 4:08 PM