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Snow at Christmas in the UK

Take a look at how often we get snow at Christmas in the UK and the warmest, coldest, wettest, windiest, sunniest and snowiest Christmas days.

When was the deepest snow on Christmas day?

The deepest lying snow on Christmas day was recorded back in 1981 when Kindrogan, Perthshire recorded 47 cm.

Snow depth (cm)
 England  43cm at Buxton, Derbyshire and Malham Tarn, N. Yorkshire in 1981 and 2009
 Northern Ireland  17cm at Hillsborough, Down in 2010
 Scotland  47cm at Kindrogan, Perthshire in 1981
 Wales  45cm at Cae Poeth, Gwynedd in 2010

When was the warmest Christmas day?

The warmest temperature recorded on Christmas day in the UK is 15.6 °C recorded in Killerton, Devon in 1920.

Max temperature (°C)
 England  15.6 °C at Killerton, Devon in 1920
 Northern Ireland  14.8 °C at Belfast Newforge in 2016
 Scotland  15.1 °C at Dyce, Aberdeenshire in 2011 and 2016 and Urquhart, Ross & Cromarty in 2016
 Wales  15.2 °C at Hawarden, Clywd in 2015

When was the wettest Christmas day?

The wettest Christmas day in the UK was in 2015 when 165.4 mm of rain fell in Capel Curig ,Gwynedd.

Rainfall (mm)
 England  103mm at Ennerdale, Cumbria in 2003
 Northern Ireland  37.8mm at Lough Cowey, Down in 1956
 Scotland  70.5mm at Achnagart, Ross & Cromarty in 2011
 Wales  165.4mm at Capel Curig, Gwynedd in 2015

When was the windiest Christmas day?

The windiest Christmas day recorded was at Sella Ness in Shetland in 2011 when gusts up to 101 mph were recorded.

Max wind gust (mph)
 England  93mph at the Needles, Isle of Wight in 1997
 Northern Ireland  81mph at Killough, Down in 1990
 Scotland  101mph at Sella Ness in Shetland in 2011
 Wales  78mph at Aberporth, Dyfed in 1990

When was the coldest Christmas day?

Gainford in Durham holds the record for the coldest Christmas day recording -18.3 °C in 1878.

Minimum temperature (°C)
 England  -18.3°C at Gainford, Durham in 1878
 Northern Ireland  -17.5°C at Katesbridge, Down in 2010
 Scotland  -18.2°C at Altnaharra, Sutherland in 2010
 Wales  -16.5°C at Llysdinum, Powys in 2010

When was the sunniest Christmas day?

The most amount of sunshine recorded on Christmas day is 7.5 hours, recorded in Penzance, Cornwall and Aberporth, Dyfed in 1944, Faversham, Kent in 1979 and Camborne, Cornwall in 2010.

Sunshine hours
 England  7.5hrs at Penzance, Cornwall in 1944 and Faversham, Kent in 1979 and Camborne, Cornwall in 2010
 Northern Ireland  6.7hrs at Aldergrove, Antrim in 2000 and Ballywatticock, Down in 2010
 Scotland  6.9hrs at West Freugh, Wigtownshire in 1961
 Wales  7.5hrs at Aberporth, Dyfed in 1944

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