Weather Review

World Weather review: October 2017

Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia, suffered its largest one-day downpour in half a century on 2nd Oct, with more than 340 mm of rain falling causing flash flooding.

Storm Xavier swept across northern Germany killing at least 7 on 5th October.

Storm Nate killed at least 25 people in Coast Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras on 5th-6th Oct, causing heavy rain, landslides and flooding. It weakened to a tropical depression after bringing heavy rain to south-eastern US on the 7th and 8th, making landfall as a hurricane in Louisiana and Mississippi.

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.

UK Weather review: September 2017

September began with a weak ridge of high pressure which brought dry sunny weather to many parts, but also some mist and fog to the south, and some heavy, thundery showers to the east.  The remainder of the month was unsettled, with an above average number of rain days, particularly across England.  North-westerly winds brought rain bands interspersed with bright showery weather until the 19th.

UK Weather Review: August 2017

August began and ended much as July did, cool with cloud and rain, and only brief intervals of fine weather. There was a brief period of warmer weather from the 17th-23rd but overall it was a disappointing month, with temperatures 0.4°C below the long-term average and rainfall above normal for the UK overall. 

UK Weather Averages: August 2017 (Source: Met Office)

UK Weather Review: June 2017

June began largely unsettled with significant rainfall across most parts of the UK. High pressure began to build after the 10th for England and Wales whilst Scotland continued to experience occasional wet weather as weather fronts moved north around the high pressure system. From the middle of the month exceptionally warm air was drawn up from the south with somewhere in the UK exceeding 30°C from 17th to 21st June – the first time this has happened in June since 1995. 34.5°C was recorded at Heathrow Airport on 21st which was the highest June temperature since 1976.