Datasets/UK Climate/Monthly climate summaries

Datasets/UK Climate/Monthly climate summaries

(Last updated 5 January 2002)

I have been supplying monthly climate summaries for the UK to The Guardian newspaper since April 1988. These are usually published in the newspaper on the first Monday of each month. I am placing these summaries on this web page, together with yearly tables of the monthly anomalies for past years and for the year (2001) to date.


Month-by-month anomalies for 1995

Month Daytime temp (°C) Rainfall (%) Sunshine(%) Brief description
January

+0.5

+41

0

February

+2.0

+55

+7

March

0.0

+17

+23

April

+0.5

0

+1

May

+0.8

-19

+9

June

+0.5

-53

+7

July

+2.8

-33

+25

August

+4.1

-81

+53

September

+0.3

+48

+4

October

+2.1

+10

+16

November

+1.1

-17

+10

December

-2.5

-26

+1

Annual

+1.0

-5

+15

Month-by-month anomalies for 1996

Month Daytime temp (°C) Rainfall (%) Sunshine(%) Brief description
January

0.0

-31

-52

Dry and cloudy
February

-1.0

+28

+23

Cold, wet and sunny
March

-1.6

-21

-36

Cold, dry and cloudy
April

+0.4

0

-10

Cloudy
May

-1.8

0

-1

Cold
June

+0.8

-50

+19

Sunny and very dry
July

+0.8

-31

+12

Dry and rather warm
August

+1.1

+8

+7

Warm, sunny and thundery
September

+0.4

-60

+19

Mild, sunny and very dry
October

+0.7

+21

+5

Mild, wet in Scotland
November

-1.2

+37

+36

Cold, wet and sunny
December

-1.9

-28

+12

Dull and cold
Annual

-0.1

-8

+3

Month-by-month anomalies for 1997

Month Daytime temp (°C) Rainfall (%) Sunshine(%) Brief description
January

-1.1

-70

-1

Dry and cloudy
February

+2.2

+74

+3

Very mild, wet and windy
March

+2.6

-31

+5

Very mild and mostly dry
April

+1.3

-41

-3

Mild and dry
May

+0.2

+25

+17

Sunny, cool in the north
June

-0.6

+65

-26

Cloudy, very wet in England
July

+1.2

-26

+17

Dry and quite warm
August

+2.8

-4

+16

Very hot
September

+0.8

-48

+24

Dry and very sunny
October

+0.3

-21

+27

Sunny, warm in the south
November

+1.6

+25

-18

Mild, cloudy and quite wet
December

+0.7

+20

-7

Rather wet and mild
Annual

+1.0

-4

+5

Month-by-month anomalies for 1998

Month Daytime temp (°C) Rainfall (%) Sunshine(%) Brief description
January

+1.0

+27

+7

Mild and wet
February

+3.5

-33

+2

Very mild, dry except for the NW
March

+1.7

+35

-24

Mild, wet and cloudy
April

-0.5

+102

-9

Very wet and rather cool
May

+1.5

-47

+5

Warm and very dry
June

-0.5

+74

-16

Very wet, rather cool and cloudy
July

-0.7

+24

-24

Cool, dull and rather wet
August

+0.2

-29

+10

Rather dry and sunny
September

+0.6

+7

-3

Mild, wet in the south
October

-0.8

+68

+8

Very wet and rather cool
November

-0.5

+2

+37

Very sunny and rather cool
December

+0.3

0

+4

An average month
Annual

+0.5

+15

-5

Month-by-month anomalies for 1999

Month Daytime temp (°C) Rainfall (%) Sunshine(%) Brief description
January

+1.1

+52

+15

Very wet and quite mild
February

+0.7

+10

+42

Very sunny and rather mild
March

+1.5

+16

+14

Mild, wet and sunny
April

+0.9

+49

+1

Mild and very wet
May

+1.2

0

-5

Mild, wet in Scotland
June

-0.6

+37

-4

Rather wet, cool in north
July

+1.3

-36

+14

Warm, dry and sunny, except in northern Scotland
August

+0.4

+30

+6

Dry and sunny in Scotland, wet and cloudy in England & Wales
September

+1.7

+38

+9

Wet and very warm
October

+0.2

-9

+18

Very sunny in England, rather dry and mild
November

+0.8

-22

+15

Mild, sunny and rather dry
December

-0.9

+58

+35

Cold, sunny and very wet
Annual

+0.7

+17

+8

Month-by-month anomalies for 2000

Month Daytime temp (°C) Rainfall (%) Sunshine(%) Brief description
January

+1.1

-31

+29

Mild, sunny and dry
February

+1.9

+32

+24

Mild, wet and sunny
March

+1.6

-33

+2

Mild and dry
April

-0.7

+126

-9

Cool and very wet
May

+0.9

+28

+17

Warm, sunny and wet
June

-0.1

-16

-12

Warm in the south, cool in the north
July

-0.7

-18

-9

Cool in the east, dry in Scotland
August

+1.0

-21

+16

Warm, dry and sunny
September

+0.7

+55

-8

Wet, but mild
October

-0.3

+86

+9

Very wet, especially in the south
November

-0.1

+79

+9

Very wet, especially in the south
December

+0.6

+63

+9

Very wet, mild at first
Annual

+0.7

+37

+3

A warm and very wet year

Month-by-month anomalies for 2001

Month Daytime temp (°C) Rainfall (%) Sunshine(%) Brief description
January

-0.2

+1

+54

Very sunny, wet in the south
February

+0.4

+50

+25

Wet and mild in the south; sunny elsewhere
March

-0.9

+63

-1

Cloudy and wet in the south; cool everywhere
April

-0.4

+56

+3

Cool and wet, but dry in Scotland
May

+1.5

-38

+19

Rather warm, sunny and dry
June

-0.3

-31

-7

Dry; warm and sunny in south
July

+0.4

+9

-5

A rather average month; cool in north
August

+0.7

+12

+4

Rather warm; on the wet side
September

-0.5

-11

-10

Cool; wet in the east
October

+1.9

+47

+1

Wet and very mild
November

+0.6

-31

-1

Rather mild and dry; sunny in the south
December

-0.9

-34

+64

Very sunny and dry; rather cold
Annual

+0.1

+7

+4

An average year; slightly wet

[Anomalies are with respect to the 1951-80 average]