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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

November 2018

November began with relatively cold quiet weather, but from the 3rd to 14th it was mild with a predominance of southerly winds, and it was also wet in most parts of the country, but relatively dry and fine in East Anglia and the south-east.  A large high over Scandinavia brought a settled spell to most of the country from the 15th to 18th, with variable amounts of cloud.  It was cold with easterly winds from the 19th to 26th, with frequent rain or showers for the east and south-west, but with any snow mostly confined to high ground, while there were numerous dry sunny days in north-west Scotland.  It turned very mild, wet and windy in all parts of the country from the 27th onwards.

The provisional UK mean temperature was 7.3 °C, which is 1.1 °C above the 1981-2010 long-term average.  For many parts of the country, the positive temperature anomaly was a little larger by night than by day.  Rainfall anomalies varied widely, with well above average rainfall in south Devon, parts of southern and eastern Scotland and the south of Northern Ireland, but well below average rainfall in north-west Scotland.  For the UK as a whole rainfall was 101% of average.  Sunshine was 110% of average, and there was a band of below average sunshine extending from Devon to Northumberland and through eastern Scotland, but it was a very sunny month in north-west Scotland and in East Anglia.The UK monthly extremes were as follows:  A maximum temperature of 18.3 °C was recorded at Otterbourne (Hampshire) on the 5th.   A minimum temperature of -6.7 °C was recorded at South Newington (Oxfordshire) on the 22nd.  In the 24 hours ending at 0900 GMT on the 29th, 56.0 mm of rain fell at Keswick (Cumbria).  A wind gust of 78 knots (90 mph) was recorded at Capel Curig (Gwynedd) on the 28th.

November 2018 | Regional values - November 2018

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