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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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August 2018

The first week of August continued the warm and settled theme of the previous couple of months, especially in southern areas, but after that conditions were more unsettled and closer to the climatological average.  There was cooler weather at times during the second half of the month, particularly in the north and west, and rainfall amounts were more significant.  The hottest spell of the month was between the 2nd and 7th.  The last few days were the most unsettled and the coolest part of the month.

The provisional UK mean temperature was 15.3 °C, which is 0.3 °C above the 1981-2010 long-term average.  Temperatures were generally highest relative to average in eastern counties of England.  Rainfall was 95% of average, with a few places only having around half the average amount but parts of south-east England having over 150%.  Sunshine was 90% of average, and it was broadly sunnier in eastern areas than further west, and Shetland had more than 150% of normal sunshine.

The UK monthly extremes were as follows:  A maximum temperature of 33.2 °C was recorded at Kew Gardens (Greater London) on the 3rd.  A minimum temperature of -1.3 °C was recorded at Braemar (Aberdeenshire) on the 7th.  In the 24 hours ending at 0900 GMT on the 13th, 90.0 mm of rain fell at Prestatyn (Clwyd). A wind gust of 61 knots (70 mph) was recorded at Needles (Isle of Wight) on the 10th.

August 2018 | Regional values - August 2018

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