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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

March 2019

Until the 17th March’s weather was dominated by westerly and north-westerly winds and frequent rain belts moving in off the North Atlantic, interspersed with brighter showery weather. Named storms Freya and Gareth brought spells of particularly wet and windy weather for much of the country.  It was mostly mild in the south but from the Midlands northwards it was occasionally cold enough for sleet and snow to penetrate to low levels.  From the 18th onwards it turned generally mild and settled.  It was often dry and cloudy until the 23rd but the last week was much sunnier for most parts of the country, and especially sunny over much of England.

The provisional UK mean temperature was 6.8 °C, which is 1.3 °C above the 1981-2010 long-term average, making it the 10th warmest March in a series from 1910, though it was not as warm as the March 2012 or 2017.  Both mean maximum and mean minimum temperatures were between 0.5 and 2.0 °C above average with the largest positive anomalies generally in the east and south-east.  It was the 5th wettest March in a series from 1910 with 140% of average rainfall, and it was particularly wet in Northern Ireland and north-west England and the Borders, with near or rather above average rainfall elsewhere.  A sunny last week raised sunshine totals above the long-term average over much of the country, with 114% of average sunshine overall, but sunshine was below average in Northern Ireland and parts of western Scotland.

The UK monthly extremes were as follows:  A maximum temperature of 19.8 °C was recorded at Kew Gardens (Greater London) on the 26th.  A minimum temperature of -6.9 °C was recorded at Aboyne (Aberdeenshire) on the 5th.  In the 24 hours ending at 0900 GMT on the 17th, 74.6 mm of rain fell at Capel Curig (Gwynedd).  A wind gust of 70 knots (81 mph) was recorded at Needles (Isle of Wight) on the 16th.  A snow depth of 6 cm was measured at Middleton (Derbyshire) on the 10th, and at Mugdock Park (Stirlingshire) on the 11th.

March 2019 | Regional values - March 2019

 

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