Climate and climate change

Climate summaries

Timing of summaries and statistics

Those interested in climate change and predictions of future climates should also visit the Climate Change pages.

UK last month

April 2022

The weather during the early part of April was rather unsettled, especially during the 3rd-6th.  The first ten days were also rather cold, although it became warmer than average through the middle part of the month.  Towards mid-month it became more settled generally, with high pressure in charge for much of the rest of the month, though much of the final week was rather cooler.  Clear skies ensured that sunshine totals were above average in many areas, but there were more air frosts than average.

The provisional UK mean temperature was 8.1 °C, which is 0.2 °C above the 1991-2020 long-term average.  Maximum temperature anomalies were around +1 °C in parts of England, Wales and western Scotland, while minimum temperatures were slightly below average for some areas.  Most areas had less rainfall than average, the exceptions being much of northern Scotland and parts of Northern Ireland, and there was less than half the average rainfall for much of England, indeed less than a quarter of average in some eastern parts.  The UK overall had 68% of average rainfall.  Sunshine was above average in many areas, most especially parts of eastern England, with an overall figure of 107% of average.

The UK monthly extremes were as follows:  A maximum temperature of 23.4 °C was recorded at St James’s Park (London) on the 15th.  A minimum temperature of -8.0 °C was recorded at Tulloch Bridge (Inverness-shire) on the 1st.  In the 24 hours ending at 0900 UTC on the 4th, 62.4 mm of rain fell at Achfary (Sutherland).  A wind gust of 65 knots (75 mph) was recorded at Needles (Isle of Wight) on the 7th.  A snow-depth of 10 cm was measured at Redesdale Camp (Northumberland) on the 1st.

Regional values for April 2022

Monthly, seasonal and annual summaries 2022

January | February | March | April

Winter | Spring

Monthly, seasonal and annual summaries 2021

January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

Winter | Spring | Summer | Autumn

Annual

Monthly, seasonal and annual summaries 2020

January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

Winter | Spring | Summer | Autumn

Annual

Monthly, seasonal and annual summaries 2019

January | February | March | April | May | JuneJuly | August | September | October | November | December

Winter | Spring | Summer | Autumn

Annual

Monthly, seasonal and annual summaries 2018

January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

Winter | Spring | Summer | Autumn

Annual

Historical reports

We produce an annual State of the UK Climate report

Historical climate and weather reports are available from the digital library and archives

Climate projections

You can find out more about climate change in your local area in this climate change visualisation tool.

This tool is a collaboration with the BBC. It combines our climate projections and records to visualise climate change in the UK.

Maps, charts and Data

Data tables of UK and regional monthly series 

Data tables of monthly station series 

UK maps of monthly data

Temperature, rainfall and sunshine time series charts

Temperature, rainfall and sunshine anomaly charts

Multi-century climate series

Central England Temperature (series begins in 1659).

UK Regional Precipitation (series begins in 1766).