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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

March 2018

March began with an exceptionally cold easterly flow and widespread snow, and daytime temperatures remained below freezing in many parts of the country.  It turned milder from the south during the first week, and until mid-month the weather was generally wet and cloudy for most with low pressure dominant, but north-western areas remained drier.  A second cold easterly outbreak brought widespread snow on the 17th and 18th, though this was not as severe as at the beginning of the month.  After a brief dry sunny spell, the milder unsettled regime returned for the rest of the month.

The provisional UK mean temperature was 3.8 °C, which is 1.6 °C below the 1981-2010 long-term average, but it was significantly less cold than March 2013.  Mean maximum temperatures were between 1.5 and 2.0 °C below average in most areas, while mean minimum temperatures were mostly between 1.0 and 1.5 °C below, but were nearer 2 °C below in Northern Ireland.  Rainfall was 110% of average, and some places, notably Devon, the Midlands and some eastern coastal counties, had over twice the normal amount, but in contrast Cumbria, and western Scotland to the north of the Central Lowlands, were much drier than average.  Sunshine was 83% of average, and it was dull over most of England and Wales and eastern Scotland, but most areas bordering the Irish Sea had near average sunshine and it was a sunny March in the Western Isles.

The UK monthly extremes were as follows:  A maximum temperature of 16.6 °C was recorded at Colwyn Bay (Clwyd) on the 10th.  A minimum temperature of -10.7 °C was recorded at Cawdor Castle (Nairnshire) on the 1st.  In the 24 hours ending at 0900 GMT on the 15th, 70.6 mm of rain fell at Trassey Slievenaman (County Down). Wind gusts of 73 knots (84 mph) were recorded at Warcop (Cumbria) on the 2nd and 17th.  A snow depth of 57 cm was recorded at Little Rissington (Gloucestershire) on the 4th.

March 2018 | Regional values - March 2018

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