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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

April 2018

April started off cold and wet with snow for some, mainly on high ground, and notably low daytime maxima, continuing the theme that was dominant through March.  The first half of the month continued unsettled and generally cloudy, although it was generally less cold after the 5th, and there was a fair amount of dry sunny weather in northern Scotland.  There was a brief but very marked hot spell from the 18th to the 21st which produced the highest temperatures in April since 1949.  Progressively cooler, unsettled weather returned from the 22nd, and it was predominantly bright and showery in Scotland and Northern Ireland but with more general rain at times over England and Wales, and the 30th was unseasonably cool, wet and windy in East Anglia and the south-east.

The provisional UK mean temperature was 8.4 °C, which is 1.0 °C above the 1981-2010 long-term average.   Mean maximum temperatures were between 0 and 1 °C above average in most areas, while mean minimum temperatures were also between 0 and 1 °C above in Scotland and Northern Ireland, but were more than 2 °C above in East Anglia, central southern and south-east England and parts of the Midlands.  The mean minimum temperature for England was the second highest in a series from 1910.  Rainfall was 119% of average, and most places had near or rather above average rainfall but it was drier than average in northern Scotland.  Sunshine was 90% of average, and it was a sunny month in the northern half of Scotland but generally dull elsewhere, especially in the south-west.

The UK monthly extremes were as follows:  A maximum temperature of 29.1 °C was recorded at London St James’s Park on the 19th.  A minimum temperature of -8.8 °C was recorded at Tulloch Bridge (Inverness-shire) on the 1st.  In the 24 hours ending at 0900 GMT on the 3rd, 41.4 mm of rain fell at Capel Curig (Gwynedd).  Wind gusts of 64 knots (74 mph) were recorded at South Uist(Western Isles) on the 17th.  A snow depth of 18 cm was recorded at Nunraw Abbey (East Lothian) on the 5th.

April 2018 | Regional values - April 2018

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