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.
February 2020 set a new UK record for February rainfall in a series stretching back to 1862. Storms Caira, Dennis and Jorge, brought 44% of the month’s rainfall, beating the previous record that was set in 1990.
Three individual peaks stand out in the February 2020 daily rainfall record. These peaks from left to right are: Storm Ciara; Storm Dennis; and Storm Jorge.
Dr Mark McCarthy is head of the Met Office’s National Climate Information Centre. He said: “Of the top ten wettest winters, four have occurred since 2007 and seven since 1990. Associated with these changes we have also observed a 17% increase in the total rainfall from extremely wet days and a paper published in 2014 showed the 2010s contain more monthly to seasonal UK rainfall records than any other decade in the observational record.”
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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.