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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Record low temperature for the UK this millennium12/02/2021 15:15:15
Overnight from 10-11th February the recorded minimum temperature at the weather station at Braemar dropped to -23.0°C, one of three stations in the UK to dip below minus 20.0°C.
Milder conditions moving in over the weekend12/02/2021 14:38:00
After a notably cold and snowy spell, milder conditions are on the horizon.
Drier European summers projected under climate change10/02/2021 13:15:00
Climate change will affect how European countries experience summer.
Cold and snowy week ahead08/02/2021 16:38:00
A cold week ahead for the whole UK with the continued snow predominantly in the east.
Multiple drivers create challenges for forecasting weather direction08/02/2021 15:15:15
How times change. This time last year, we were in the early days of a month which went on to become the wettest February for the UK in a series stretching back to 1862.
Coldest January since 2010, but not exceptional by historical standards02/02/2021 08:15:00
January, with an average temperature of 2.2 °C, has been the coldest January across the UK since 2010.
More snow to come01/02/2021 15:48:00
This week will see wintry conditions continue across Scotland, and for a time across northern England. Cold air is expected to push south and west across the whole of the UK through the coming weekend.
Are we going to see more hot winter days like we did in February 2019?01/02/2021 13:15:00
A recent study by the Met Office reviewed the question of whether exceeding 40°C is now within the possibilities of the UK climate, after experiencing a record-breaking temperature of 38.7°C in July 2019.