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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

December 2017

December began cold and frosty in a northerly outbreak, but the rest of the first week was mostly mild and cloudy.  There were strong winds associated with Storm Caroline on the 7th, and this was followed by a cold wintry spell from the 8th to 16th, which brought widespread frosts, and snow for some, especially the Midlands.  It was generally mild from the 17th to 25th, but after Christmas there was further snow for some, this mainly affecting the north.  The last third of the month was increasingly unsettled and Storm Dylan brought further strong winds on the 30th/31st.

The provisional UK mean temperature was 4.1 °C, which is 0.2 °C above the 1981-2010 long-term average.  Both maximum and minimum temperatures were between 0 and 0.5 °C above average over most of the country, but mostly near 0.5 °C above in the south-west.  Rainfall was 99% of average, and it was a drier than average month for much of eastern Scotland and north-east England, but it was wetter than average in East Anglia and the south-east.  Sunshine was 115% of average, and it was a very sunny December in north-east England and in southern and central Scotland, but much duller than average in north-west Scotland and north-west Wales.

The UK monthly extremes were as follows:  A maximum temperature of 15.2 °C was recorded at Cassley (Sutherland) on the 18th.  A minimum temperature of -13.0 °C was recorded at Shawbury (Shropshire) on the 12th.  In the 24 hours ending at 0900 GMT on the 7th, 71.0 mm of rain fell at Achnagart (Ross & Cromarty). A wind gust of 81 knots (93 mph) was recorded at Fair Isle (Shetland) on the 7th.  A snow depth of 31 cm was recorded at Sennybridge (Powys) on the 11th .

December 2017 | Regional values - December 2017

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