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Exceptionally wet weather

21 to 23 May

A slow-moving front brought exceptionally wet weather to parts of England, southern and eastern Scotland and North Wales ...

Storm Kathleen

6 to 7 April

Storm Kathleen, the 11th named storm of the 2023-2024 storm season, was an unusually severe storm for this time in spring ...

Record-breaking temperature

28 January

19.9 °C was recorded at Achfary (Sutherland), the UK's highest January temperature on record.

Storms Isha and Jocelyn

21 to 24 January

Storm Isha brought very widespread strong winds and heavy rain, particularly across the northern half of the country. This was the UK's most significant wind storm since storm Eunice on 18 February 2022. Jocelyn, named by the Irish National Met Service, Met Éireann, arrived in quick succession but was slightly less intense for the UK ...

Storm Henk

2 January

Storm Henk brought damaging winds and heavy rain to southern and central parts of England and Wales. Exeter Airport (Devon) recorded a gust of 70Kt (81mph) ...


Storm Gerrit

27 to 28 December

Storm Gerrit brought further strong winds and heavy rain to the UK, with heavy snow for parts of Highland Scotland and a mini-tornado in Greater Manchester ...

Storms Elin and Fergus

9 to 10 December

Storms Elin and Fergus, arriving in rapid succession, brought heavy rain and strong winds to the UK with flooding a particular concern ...

Storm Debi

13 November

Storm Debi, named by the Irish National Met Service, Met Éireann, brought strong winds and heavy rain to the UK with parts of Northern Ireland, south-west Scotland, north-west England and North Wales worst affected ...

Storm Ciarán

1 to 2 November

Storm Ciarán was an exceptionally severe storm for the time of year, bringing damaging winds across northern France and the Channel Islands which bore the brunt on the southern flank of the storm ...

Storm Babet

18 to 21 October

Storm Babet brought exceptional rainfall and strong winds to parts of eastern Scotland and prolonged widespread heavy rain across much of the UK. The Met Office issued two red warnings for rain ...

Exceptional rainfall in Scotland

6 to 7 October

Much of Scotland experienced prolonged and heavy rainfall with 100 to 150mm falling across the Central and Southern Highlands. This was the wettest 2-day period on record for Scotland ...

Storm Agnes

27 to 28 September

Storm Agnes brought some wet and windy weather, but fortunately the storm had weakened by the time it reached the UK. Capel Curig (Conwy) recorded a gust of 73Kt (84mph), the equal-highest September gust on record for Wales ...

September heatwave

4 to 10 September

In early September the UK experienced a significant heatwave with daily maximum temperatures exceeding 30°C somewhere in the UK for seven consecutive days ...

Storm Betty

18 to 19 August

Storm Betty brought strong winds and heavy rain to western parts of the UK overnight 18 to 19 September. The storm brought some particularly wet weather to Northern Ireland ...

Storm Antoni

5 August

Storm Antoni brought strong winds and heavy rain to parts of England, Wales and Northern Ireland ...

Storm Noa

12 April

Storm Noa was one of the ten most powerful April storms to affect England and Wales in the last 50 years. The storm was named by Meteo-France ...

Storm Otto

17 February

Storm Otto brought strong winds to northern and eastern Scotland and north-east England. The storm was named by the Danish Meteorological Institute ...


Spell of low temperatures

8 to 18 December

The UK experienced one of the most significant spells of low winter temperatures since the exceptional December of 2010 ...

Unprecedented heatwave

16 to 19 July

The UK experienced a brief but unprecedented heatwave in mid-July. A red warning for extreme heat was issued and temperatures exceeded 40°C for the first time, setting a new UK record ...

Storms Dudley, Eunice and Franklin

16 to 21 February

Three named storms affected the UK in the space of a week. Two rare red warnings for wind were issued for storm Eunice, the most severe and damaging storm to affect England and Wales since February 2014 ...

Storms Malik and Corrie

29 to 31 January

Storms Malik and Corrie arrived in quick succession and brought damaging north-westerly winds. Northern Scotland and north-east England were worst affected ...


Exceptionally mild New Year

30 December to 2 January 2022

There was a spell of exceptionally mild weather over the New Year, with the UK recording both its warmest New Year's Eve and New Year's Day on record ...

Storm Barra

7 to 8 December

Storm Barra brought strong winds and heavy rain to the UK, but the storm was more extreme across Ireland with the Irish national meteorological service, Met Eireann, issuing a red warning for wind ...

Storm Arwen

26 to 27 November

Storm Arwen brought severe winds across the UK overnight, with the Met Office issuing a red warning for wind. This was one of the most powerful and damaging winters storms of the latest decade ...

Heavy and persistent rain

26 to 31 October

A slow-moving frontal system brought heavy and persistent rain to parts of northern England and southern Scotland. On 27th October, two rain-gauges in the Lake District recorded daily totals of over 200mm ...

Storm Evert

29 to 30 July

Storm Evert brought unusually strong winds for the time of year to southern and south-west England ...

Northern Ireland record temperature

17 to 23 July

31.3°C was recorded at Castlederg, County Tyrone, setting a new all-time temperature record for Northern Ireland for any month ...

Extremes of temperature

Late March to early April

The UK experienced a brief spell of unusual warmth at the end of March, with temperatures reaching 24°C, followed by a cold plunge of Arctic Maritime air in early April bringing widespread hard frosts and some snow ...

Snow and low temperatures including storm Darcy

7 to 13 February

The UK experienced a spell of bitterly cold east winds bringing low temperatures and lying snow to many eastern areas. Temperatures fell below -20°C at three stations in Scotland with the UK's lowest temperature since December 1995 ...

Storm Christoph

18 to 20 January

Storm Christoph brought some exceptionally wet weather to North Wales and northern England, with some areas receiving around the January whole-month long-term average rainfall ...


Storm Bella

26 to 27 December

Storm Bella was a large, deep area of low pressure in the North Atlantic bringing heavy rain and strong winds across the UK ...

Storm Aiden

31 October

Storm Aiden was part of a spell of turbulent, wet and windy weather to affect the UK from late October to early November ...

Storm Alex and heavy rain

2 to 4 October

Storm Alex brought strong winds to the southern half of the UK, while 3 October 2020 was the wettest day on record since 1891 for UK-wide rainfall with average rainfall of 31.7mm across the entire UK ...

Storms Ellen and Francis

19 to 21 August; 25 August

Storms Ellen and Francis were two of the most notable August storms in the UK in the last 50 years, with gusts of 50 to 60Kt in exposed coastal locations ...

Extreme rainfall, Norfolk

16 August

Thunderstorms affected parts of East Anglia on 16th August. A rain-gauge in East Wretham, Norfolk recorded a remarkable daily total of 239.9mm ...

Thunderstorms north-east Scotland

11 to 12 August

North-east Scotland experienced thunderstorms and torrential downpours bringing 30 to 50mm or more of rain in 3 hours or less, causing flash-flooding ...

Southern England heatwave

Early August

Temperatures exceeded 34 °C across  parts of the south-east for six consecutive days and there were several 'tropical nights' with the overnight temperature remaining above 20 °C ...

Exceptionally hot day

31 July

The temperature reached 37.8 °C at Heathrow making this the UK's third hottest day on record ...

Storm Jorge

28 February to 1 March

Storm Jorge brought further strong winds and heavy rain in late-February. Jorge was less severe than storms Ciara or Dennis but the additional rain exacerbated flooding problems ...

Storm Dennis

15 to 16 February

Heavy rain from storm Dennis caused widespread flooding. 50 to 100mm of rain fell across western upland parts of the UK and the Met Office issued a Red Warning for parts of south Wales.

Storm Ciara

8 to 9 February

Strong winds and heavy rain from Ciara, one of the most powerful storms of the last few years, brought widespread disruption across the UK. West Yorkshire was among the areas worst affected by flooding.

Storms Atiyah and Brendan

8 to 9 December 2019; 13 to 14 January 2020

Storm Atiyah brought strong winds to Wales and south-west England, while storm Brendan was a deep Atlantic low pressure system bringing strong winds and heavy rain across the UK.


Record-breaking temperature

28 December

18.7 °C was recorded at Achfary (Sutherland), the UK's highest December temperature on record.

Severe flooding South Yorkshire

7 November

Severe flooding affected parts of South Yorkshire and Derbyshire after a whole month's average rain fell in 24 hours.

Strong winds

2 November

An area of low pressure brought very strong winds to south Wales and the south coast with a gust of 95 Kt (109 mph) at Needles Old Battery, Isle of Wight.

Persistent wet weather

Late October

A slow moving front brought persistent heavy rain across parts of England and Wales.

Wet weather spell and Storm Lorenzo

Late September to early October

A spell of wet weather during late September was followed by Storm Lorenzo on 3 October.

Torrential downpours

30 to 31 July

Parts of North Yorkshire, south Manchester and the Pennines experienced flash-flooding following torrential downpours with some locations recording 40 to 60mm of rain in one hour.

Record-breaking heatwave

July 2019

On 25 July, 38.7 °C at Cambridge Botanic Garden set a new UK temperature record.

Heavy rainfall

June 2019

The UK experienced a spell of very wet weather in mid-June. Parts of Lincolnshire received 2.5 times the monthly average rainfall in 3 days.

Storm Hannah

26 to 27 April

Storm Hannah was one of the most significant April storms in the last 50 years, with exposed locations in west Wales recording gusts of over 60 Kt (69 mph).

Storm Gareth

10 to 16 March

The UK experienced a turbulent week of very wet and windy weather including storm Gareth.

Storm Freya

3 to 4 March

Storm Freya brought strong winds and heavy rain to England, Wales and southern Scotland.

Exceptional warmth

21 to 27 February

The UK experienced some exceptionally high temperatures for the time of year with 21.2 °C at Kew Gardens (London) on 26 February the highest temperature on record for a winter month.

Storm Erik

8 to 9 February

Storm Erik was a deep Atlantic low pressure system bringing strong winds to the UK. Much of the country recorded gusts over 50mph (58Kt).


Storm Deirdre

15 to 16 December

Storm Deirdre brought strong winds and freezing rain to western and northern parts of the UK...

Storm Callum

11 to 13 October

Storm Callum brought strong winds and persistent heavy rain to western parts of the UK, with south Wales particularly badly affected by flooding...

Storms Ali and Bronagh

19 to 21 September

Storm Ali brought very strong winds and heavy rain to Scotland and Northern Ireland, followed by storm Bronagh which brought very heavy rain to England and Wales...

Summer 2018


Summer 2018 brought plenty of warm, dry, sunny weather with the UK often under the influence of high pressure...

Storm Hector

14 June

Storm Hector brought some unseasonably strong winds to the UK. The strongest winds were across Northern Ireland, North Wales, northern England and southern Scotland...

Hot spell

18 to 22 April

The UK experienced some unusually high temperatures for the time of year with high pressure over the near continent drawing very warm air from the south...

Snow and low temperatures

Late February to early March

The UK experienced a spell of severe winter weather with very low temperatures and significant snowfalls from late February to early March 2018...


Ex-Hurricane Ophelia


On 16 October Ex-Hurricane Ophelia brought very strong winds to the west of the UK and Ireland. This date fell on the exact 30th anniversary of the Great Storm of 1987...

Hot, sunny spell


A spell of hot, sunny weather from 17 to 21 June led to the UK's highest June temperature since 1976...


Strong winds and heavy rain from storm Angus


The first named storm of the 2016-2017 season brought some damaging winds to the south coast, accompanied by heavy rain causing flooding mainly across parts of south-west England...

Exceptional warmth, September 2016


A  brief heatwave from 12 to 15 September brought some exceptionally high temperatures accompanied by flash-flooding...


Exceptional warmth, December 2015


December 2015 was easily the warmest December on record across the UK...

Further rainfall and flooding across north of the UK


A sequence of heavy rainfall events in late December led to further widespread severe flooding across northern parts of the UK...

Flooding in Cumbria December 2015


Persistent heavy rainfall from storm Desmond on 4 to 6 December led to widespread flooding in Cumbria and across other parts of northern Britain...

Heatwave 1 July 2015

1 July

The UK experienced a 1-day heatwave as hot air moved north from Spain, setting a new July temperature record...


Ex-hurricane Bertha

10 - 11 August

The UK experienced some unseasonably windy and very wet weather from the remnants of ex-hurricane Bertha...

Winter storms, January to February 2014

Late January to mid-February

From late January to mid-February, a sequence of major winter storms again affected the UK, causing widespread impacts and major flooding problems...


Winter storms, December 2013 to January 2014

December to early January 2014

From mid-December to early January, the UK experienced a spell of extreme weather as a succession of major winter storms brought widespread impacts...

Autumn storm, October 2013

28 October

A powerful autumn storm brought damaging winds across much of southern England on 28 October 2013...

Hot dry spell July 2013


From 3 to 23 July 2013 the UK experienced a spell of hot, sunny weather with an area of high pressure established across the UK...

Snow and low temperatures late March 2013

Late March to early April

A spell of severe winter weather brought significant snowfalls and unseasonably low temperatures to many parts of the UK from late March to early April 2013...


Exceptionally wet weather - November 2012 

November 2012

A sequence of heavy rainfall events in late November 2012 resulted in one of the wettest weeks in England in the last 50 years...

Record rainfall - April to July 2012 

April to July 2012

From April to July 2012 the UK experienced a period of exceptionally wet weather, breaking previous rainfall records...

England and Wales drought 2010 to 2012 

2010 to March 2012

Much of central, eastern and southern England and Wales experienced a prolonged period of below average rainfall from 2010 to early 2012...

Winter storms, early January 2012 


A major winter storm brought very strong winds across much of the UK on 3 January 2012. The worst affected area was southern Scotland...


Early winter storms, late 2011

Late November to mid December

On 8 December 2011, a deep Atlantic low pressure system brought very strong winds across the northern half of the UK. Scotland bore the brunt of the storm...

Exceptionally warm and dry Spring 2011

Spring 2011 (March, April and May)

This period was remarkable for the unusual warmth during April and the persistent lack of rainfall during March and April, particularly over England and Wales...


Snow and low temperatures, December 2010

25 November - 26 December

From late November to Boxing Day 2010 the UK experienced two spells of severe winter weather with very low temperatures and significant snowfalls...

Heavy rainfall and flooding in Cornwall, November 2010

16 - 17 November

Very heavy rainfall in the early hours of 17 November resulted in severe flooding to parts of Cornwall...

Snow and low temperatures - December 2009 to January 2010

17 December 2009 - 15 January 2010

The UK experienced a spell of very low temperatures and significant snowfalls which affected almost the whole country...


Heavy rainfall/flooding in the Lake District, Cumbria - November 2009

18 - 19 November

Exceptionally prolonged and heavy rainfall on 18 and 19 November led to severe flooding across parts of the Lake District...

Early February 2009 snowfalls

2 - 6 February

Heavy snowfalls over much of the United Kingdom in early February...


Hail/thunderstorms over east Devon - 29/30 October 2008

29 - 30 October

Heavy and thundery downpours over east Devon, with flooding and travel disruption...

Snow and low temperatures - 28-30 October 2008

28 - 30 October

Record low October temperatures and snow reported across many areas of the UK...

Heavy rainfall early September 2008

5 - 6 September

Prolonged rainfall resulted in flooding, especially in south Wales and north-east England...

Strong winds 10-12 March 2008

10 - 12 March

Strong winds over England and Wales caused some disruption to transport and power supplies over this period...


Heavy rainfall/flooding - July 2007


Record July totals and heavy rainfall on 19/20 July, resulted in widespread flooding and transport disruption over the south Midlands...

Record rainfall - June-July & May-July 2007

June-July & May-July

Record totals over England and Wales for both of these periods...

Heavy rainfall/flooding - June 2007


Record June totals and heavy rainfall on 12/15 June (N Ireland & N England) and 24/25 June (Yorkshire and the Humber), resulted in widespread flooding and disruption...


Record breaking heat and sunshine - July 2006


July 2006 was the warmest month on record over much of the UK and the sunniest over parts of England...

Dry spell 2004/6

22 January

Between November 2004 and July 2006, 17 out of the 21 months recorded below-average rainfall across England SE & Central S..


Flooding in North Yorkshire - 19 June 2005

19 June

Heavy and thundery downpours over northern England resulted in flooding around the North York Moors..

Floods in Carlisle - January 2005

8 January

Heavy rainfall on Friday 7th January led to flooding in Carlisle on Saturday 8th..

January 2005 - stormy spells


There were two particularly stormy spells - on the 7th/8th and 11th/12th - each resulting in widespread damage and disruption


Flooding in north Cornwall - 16 August 2004

16 August

Heavy rain in north Cornwall caused flash floods in Boscastle and Crackington Haven..

Strong winds/heavy rainfall - 7/8 July 2004

7 - 8 July

Strong winds caused problems to transport, as well as power supplies, with heavy rain in East Anglia...


Rainfall over south-east England, 20-23 Nov 2003

20 - 23 November

After a dry summer and autumn, heavy rain fell over south-east England...

Dry weather during 2003 

7 November

Rainfall totals have generally been below average for most of the year...

Hot spell - August 2003 

10 August

Brogdale near Faversham (Kent) has set the new UK temperature record...

Record-breaking maximum temperatures - 26/27 January 2003

26 - 27 January

Parts of the UK experienced very unseasonable, mild weather...

UK warm, dry and sunny year - 2003



Record rainfall - October/December 2002

October - December

Heavy rain during October to December 2002...

Strong Winds - 27 October 2002

27 October

There were gales and severe gales over much of the south of the UK on the 27 October 2002..

Heavy rainfall/strong winds - 14/15 October 2002

14 - 15 October

Heavy rain fell over much of southern and eastern England...

Heavy rainfall/strong winds - 13 October 2002 

13 October

Heavy rainfall and Strong winds occurred over much of the south-west of the UK...


Record December 2001 sunshine


Heavy rainfall - East UK 20/21 October 2001

21 October

October 2001 rain

20 October

February 2001

9 February


The wet autumn of 2000


The Bracknell Storm - 7 May 2000

7 May

April 2000 - Record rainfall



Easter 1998 floods 



Hot spell August 1990


Burns' Day Storm - 25 January 1990

25 January