Record breaking rainfall
Wettest February on record and 5th wettest Winter.
February 2020 has been the wettest February on record for UK, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and the second wettest (behind February 1990) for Scotland. It has also been the fifth wettest of any calendar month in a series from 1862 behind only October 1903 (227mm), December 2015 (217mm), November 2009 (215mm), and December 1929 (213mm).
|Provisional February 2020 statistics||Rainfall|
% Anomaly 1981/2010
‘Anomaly’ – refers to the anomaly relative to a 1981-2010 baseline climatology given as a percentage
Three named storms crossed the UK during February, Ciara, Dennis and Jorge. The heavy rainfall throughout the month resulted in some severe impacts with many areas flooded, including parts of Yorkshire, Wales and the Midlands.
John Curtin, Executive Director for Flood Risk Management at the Environment Agency yesterday said:
“Record February rainfall and river levels have tested the nation’s flood defences; however we have been able to protect over 80,000 homes thanks to the action we have taken.
“Every flooded home is a personal tragedy, and with a changing climate we will need to become more resilient to flooding. I’d urge the public to be aware of their flood risk, sign up to flood warnings, and make a flood plan if they are at risk. “
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Met Office provides data for global climate report11/03/2020 10:15:00
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Record-breaking rainfall05/03/2020 14:48:00
Those interested in the UK’s climate records have only had to wait two months of the new decade for a significant new rainfall record to be set.
Wet and windy weather this weekend27/02/2020 15:33:00
Storm Jorge will bring heavy rain and strong winds to parts of the UK from Friday (tomorrow).
Wintry, unsettled conditions continue25/02/2020 10:38:00
The unsettled theme to the weather continues this week.
Wintry conditions for parts of northern Britain24/02/2020 10:15:00
The forecast for the coming week remains unsettled with rain and snow on Monday followed by a colder, showery spell mid-week.
Unsettled weather continues21/02/2020 15:15:15
The forecast remains unsettled into next week, with spells of rain and strong winds expected to bring impacts to parts of the UK.
Unsettled conditions continue20/02/2020 10:15:00
More wind and rain after Storms Ciara and Dennis wreaked havoc across the UK.