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Winter is coming

The maps above show the UK winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) averages for 1981-2010. The analyses are based on 1 km grid-point data sets which are derived from station data (Source: Met Office)

As we approach the winter season and temperatures start to dip, we take a look at winter weather in the UK – what affects it, seasonal extremes, what an ‘average’ winter looks like and link to some ‘wintry’ articles of interest.

UK Weather review: Oct 2017

October was rather mild on the whole and unusually warm at times, with a mean temperature of 11.3°C, 1.8°C above the 1981-2010 average. It was also cloudier yet drier than average in many places, especially the south-east, with <25% of the average rainfall in some areas. Some parts of north and western Scotland, north-western England and Northern Ireland were, however, above average due to ex-hurricane Ophelia and Storm Brian, the second storm of the season.

Met Office release ‘State of the UK Climate 2016’ report

The Met Office have released their 3rd annual State of the UK Climate report, which is an annual publication providing an up-to-date assessment of UK climate trends, variations and extremes based on the latest available climate quality observational datasets.

The report shows that 2016 was the 13th warmest year in records dating back to 1910. For the UK as a whole, 2016 was 0.5ºC warmer than average (1981-2010), whilst the last decade was 0.3ºC warmer and sunshine levels were 4% higher.