Update: Provisional Met Office figures for the whole of June are now available at: Met Office confirms wettest June in over a century
The weather for most of the UK has been dominated by cool and unsettled conditions in the first half of June. A succession of frontal low-pressure systems have stalled over or close to the south of the country, bringing large amounts of rainfall in some areas, particularly in Wales and southern England.
Based on provisional mid-month stats, the beginning of June has been significantly wetter than average. The UK as a whole has had 55.5 mm of rain so far this month, 76% of the normal amount of rainfall expected for the month of June. Normally at this point in the month, we would expect to see around 43% of the monthly average.
However, the south of the UK has had considerably more. Thorney Island, Shoreham Airport and Wiggonholt - three stations in West Sussex – have all set new station records for June, with over 200% of their usual rainfall for June falling already.
|Station||Area||Total rainfall(mm)||Average rainfall for June (mm)||% of average so far this month|
|Thorney Island||West Sussex||113.6||48.5||234.2|
|Shoreham Airport||West Sussex||122.4||55.7||219.8|
|St James’s Park||Greater London||102.4||52.3||195.8|
Further north, it’s a different story, north-west Scotland in particular has actually been very dry. Resallach, in Sutherland, has only had 1 mm so far, just 0.9% of its average rainfall for June.
|Station||Area||Total rainfall(mm)||Average rainfall for June (mm)||% of average|
|Kinlochewe||Ross & Cromarty||2||103.8||1.9|
|Aultbea No 2||Ross & Cromarty||2.2||78.8||2.8|
|South Uist Range||Western Isles||2.8||55.9||5|
|Harris: Quidnish||Western Isles||3.6||80.2||4.5|
|Skye: Lusa||Western Isles||3.6||91.1||4|
|Loch Glascarnoch||Ross & Cromarty||4||82.6||4.8|
|Stornoway Airport||Western Isles||5.4||63.8||8.5|
It’s also been cooler than average for many, particularly in the east, as can be seen on the map below. Mean temperatures for the UK so far this month are 1.4 °C below the long-term June average although cloud cover has kept minimum temperatures closer to the seasonal norm, especially in the south-west.
- Definitely May-be an average month (metofficenews.wordpress.com)
- April 2012 early statistics – above average rainfall (metofficenews.wordpress.com)
- Updated rainfall totals: over a month’s worth of rain falls in south east (metofficenews.wordpress.com)
- Is this stormy weather unusual for June? (metofficenews.wordpress.com)