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.
Those interested in climate change and predictions of future climates should also visit the Climate Change pages.
UK last month
The start of August saw a continuation of the generally westerly flow which had been in place through the second half of July. This brought cloud and rain at times, with only brief intervals of fine weather, and it was mostly cool. It was rather warmer for a time around the 17th to 23rd, and the highest temperatures of the month occurred in south-eastern areas during 27th to 29th which also saw some fine weather. The close of the month saw a return to cooler showery conditions.
The provisional UK mean temperature was 14.5 °C, which is 0.4 °C below the 1981-2010 long-term average. Temperatures were near average in Northern Scotland and some eastern coasts, and rather below elsewhere. Rainfall was generally above normal, with more than 150% of average in places, but South Wales, Norfolk and Northumberland were a little drier than average. Sunshine was generally near normal, slightly below in some western areas with the brightest area being north-east England.
The UK monthly extremes were as follows: A maximum temperature of 29.3 °C was recorded at Frittenden (Kent) on the 29th. A minimum temperature of 0.5 °C was recorded at Katesbridge (County Down) on the 13th. In the 24 hours ending at 0900 GMT on the 23rd, 76.4 mm of rain fell at South Uist (Western Isles). A wind gust of 57 knots (66 mph) was recorded at Needles (Isle of Wight) on the 18th.
Monthly, seasonal and annual summaries
Historic monthly weather reports, British Rainfall publications and snow surveys of Great Britain
Monthly Weather Report (1884 to 1993).
British Rainfall (1860 to 1991).
Snow Survey of Great Britain (1953/1954 to 1991/1992).
Daily weather summary and state of UK climate report
Daily Weather Summary (from 2014).
State of the UK Climate (from 2014).
Homogeneous series based on selected station data
Central England Temperature (series begins in 1659).
UK Regional Precipitation (series begins in 1766).
Graphs, maps and data sets