The following represents a provisional assessment of the weather experienced across the UK during Summer 2013 (June, July and August) and how it compares with the 1981 to 2010 average.
It was the warmest summer in the UK since 2006, but not exceptionally so, with a mean temperature of 15.2 °C, which is 0.8 °C above the long-term average. June was the only relatively cool month at 0.2 °C below the long-term average, July was 1.9 °C above, and August was 0.7 °C above. The most notable weather of the summer was a prolonged heat wave from 3 to 22 July, when high pressure was established across the UK, bringing fine, warm, sunny weather.
Summer overall for the UK was drier than the long-term average with 76%. With the exception of parts of north-west England and the Midlands, all areas had a drier than average summer, and parts of southern and south-west England and East Anglia received less than half the average. It was the driest summer for the UK since 2003, and for England the driest since 1996. Nevertheless, there were some notably wet days, particularly in July and August, with localised heavy downpours.
It was the sunniest summer in the UK since 2006, with sunshine totals for the UK at 116% of the long-term average. Western and northern areas were sunniest relative to normal. While June and August were near average, July was a particularly sunny month with 145%. The season ended a run of six consecutive generally dull and wet summers from 2007 to 2012.
|UK statistical summary|
|The provisional mean value is 15.2 °C, which is 0.8 °C above the 1981-2010 average.||The provisional total is 182 mm, which is 76% of the 1981-2010 average.||The provisional total is 588 hours, which is 116% of the 1981-2010 average.|
Last updated: 3 October 2013