Is this stormy weather unusual for June?

8 06 2012

We’ve seen some particularly stormy weather across parts of the UK in the last 24 hours as heavy rain and strong winds have brought disruption particularly across the south of the UK.

The strongest winds were recorded in the early hours of Friday morning where the Needles on the Isle of Wight recorded gusts of 82 mph. Otherwise the strongest winds were across South West England with gusts around 60 to 70 mph.

UK MAX GUST SPEED 7TH TO 8TH JUNE 2012

 
 

DATE/TIME

SITE NAME

MAX GUST SPEED MILES PER HOUR

 
08/06/2012 05:00 WIGHT: NEEDLES OLDBATTERY 82  
07/06/2012 21:00 MUMBLES HEAD              67  
07/06/2012 16:00 PLYMOUTH, MOUNTBATTEN     62  
07/06/2012 15:00 CULDROSE                  60  
07/06/2012 16:00 SCILLY: ST MARYS AIRPORT  58  
08/06/2012 06:00 ISLE OFPORTLAND 58  
08/06/2012 07:00 AVONMOUTH       58  

UK RAINFALL 7TH TO 8TH JUNE 2012

 
 

SITE NAME

PRECIP        AMOUNT ( MM)

 
TREDEGAR, BRYN BACH PARK 53.4  
USK 49.4  
DUNKESWELL AERODROME           45.6  
OKEHAMPTON 42.4  
LISCOMBE                       42.0  
CARDIFF,BUTEPARK             38.6  
SENNYBRIDGE           38.4  
MUMBLES HEAD                   37.6  
GLENANNE NO 2                  35.4  
KILLOWEN                       34.6  

Whilst this type of weather may seem unseasonable for early summer you only have to take a look through the Met Office observations records to see that stormy weather in the summer is not all that unusual.

The most comparable storm we have seen recently was only in 2010. The 15th July saw a complex area of low pressure over the UK bring wet and windy weather across South Wales and South West England. The highest gusts recorded were 84 mph at Aberdaron in North Wales. Elsewhere, winds gusted to between 60 and 70 mph widely across the south west of the UK.

Before this, the 23rd June 2004 saw another area of low pressure bring stormy weather across the UK. The strength of the winds during this storm were very similar once again with the strongest winds being seen at the Needles on the Isle of Wight where gusts of 84 mph, whilst gusts of 60 to 70 mph were recorded across South West England and South Wales.

You can get the latest weather forecast and weather warnings on the Met Office website


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8 06 2012
Ronnie Hazley

This maps shows the increase in rainfall compared to last year http://bit.ly/Lj5ZbB

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