What have February and the winter been like so far?

27 02 2013

Provisional figures from the Met Office show that February so far (1 – 25) has been colder and drier than average, while the winter as a whole (December 1 to February 25) looks set to be pretty average.

For February, everywhere is set to have been colder than average with the UK mean temperature currently standing at 2.7 °C. Northern parts have seen the best of the sunshine with Scotland recording 13 % more sunshine than average at 71 hours.

EARLY

mean temperature

sunshine duration

precipitation

1-25 Feb 2013

Actual

Difference from 1981-2010 average

Actual

% of 1981-2010 average

Actual

% of 1981-2010 average

degC

degC

hours

%

mm

%

UK

2.7

-0.9

66.1

95

58.0

65

England

2.9

-1.2

62.9

85

41.0

68

Wales

3.0

-1.0

66.9

95

79.0

71

Scotland

2.2

-0.5

71.0

113

78.2

60

N Ireland

4.0

-0.3

67.1

101

68.9

82

For the winter as a whole, the UK mean temperature of 3.3 °C makes it milder than 2008/09 (3.2 °C), 2009/10 (1.6 °C) and 2010/11 (2.4 °C), but colder than 2011/12 (4.6 °C).

However looking further back 2006/07 and 2007/08 were two very mild winters with UK mean temperatures of 5.6 °C and 4.9 °C respectively. The 2006/07 winter was the second warmest on the national record going back to 1910, behind 1988/89 when the UK mean temperature was 5.8 °C.

EARLY

mean temperature

sunshine duration

precipitation

Winter 2012/2013
(3 days to go)

Actual

Difference from 1981-2010 average

Actual

Percentage of 1981-2010 average

Actual

Percentage of 1981-2010 average

degC

degC

hours

%

mm

%

UK

3.3

-0.4

152.2

96

345.9

105

England

3.6

-0.6

166.9

95

267.4

116

Wales

3.8

-0.4

154.4

96

501.4

116

Scotland

2.5

-0.2

128.7

100

436.5

93

N Ireland

4.2

-0.1

144.3

97

332.3

106

This winter has once again demonstrated how variable the weather in the UK can be. Starting with some mild and wet weather in December and a mild start to January it turned cold from the middle of January with snow affecting many areas at times. The cold weather continued through February which was a dry month.


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2 responses

28 02 2013
Rosco

If an anomaly of minus 0.6 degree C is “pretty average” – your words – why is an anomaly of plus 0.6 degrees C – global warming anomaly – cause for alarm ?

5 03 2013
nuwurld

You must have known David, that this would provoke a response. I agree that February has been cool but disagree with your summary of the winter itself being ‘pretty average’.

I am using Met Office data from,

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/climate/uk/actualmonthly/

This shows that this winter was cooler than the average, with only five out of the past twenty being cooler. Over thirty years, only ten where cooler. Based on this I would conclude that this winter was ‘cooler than recent average’.

I don’t know why you would disagree with this.

I know it’s early days but January and February look great on CET!

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/hadobs/hadcet/

Good luck with the Global Warming issue!

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