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
January started off dry and settled with high pressure dominant, but it was a mainly cloudy high. The high moved further away into the second week giving generally mild and less settled weather, with plenty of cloud in western areas but some sunshine especially to the east of high ground. It was often colder in the second half of the month with frequent north-westerly winds, though with occasional milder interludes, notably on the 24th to 26th, and although the weather was more unsettled, rainfall amounts were often small. Frost and snow were quite widespread between the 17th and 23rd and more especially during the last few days of the month. It continued mostly cloudy in many western parts but with plentiful sunshine at times in the east and north of Britain.
The provisional UK mean temperature was 3.7 °C, which is equal to the 1981-2010 long-term average. Both mean maximum and minimum temperatures were close to the normal over much of the country, but they were 0.5 °C or more below normal over much of south-east and central southern England, while the mean minimum temperature was over 1.0 °C above normal in Northern Ireland. It was a dry month except in parts of northern Scotland, particularly dry in south-east Scotland and north-east England, with 52% of average rainfall overall, making it the 9th driest January in a series from 1910, and the driest since 2006. Sunshine was 101% of average overall but varied widely, with well above average sunshine in central and southern Scotland and north-east England, but well below average in Cornwall and in west Wales.
The UK monthly extremes were as follows: A maximum temperature of 14.2 °C was recorded at Slapton (Devon) on the 25th. A minimum temperature of -14.3 °C was recorded at Braemar (Aberdeenshire) on the 31st. In the 24 hours ending at 0900 GMT on the 13th, 73.2 mm of rain fell at Achnagart (Ross & Cromarty). A wind gust of 71 knots (82 mph) was recorded at Berry Head (Devon) on the 27th. A snow depth of 16 cm was measured at Malham Tarn (North Yorkshire) on the 23rd.
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