June set to be slightly drier and sunnier than average

28 06 2013

Provisional Met Office early June figures suggest that it has been drier than average and slightly sunnier than usual so far this month.

Rainfall for the UK from 1-26 June was 37.8 mm. At this stage we would expect to have seen about 87 % of the full month average, however we have only seen 52 %.

Up to the 26th we have seen 163 hours of sunshine in the UK, which is 96 % of the full month average – suggesting we are on track for a sunnier than average month.

However, the mean UK temperature up to the 26th has been recorded at 12.7 °C which is -0.3 °C below the 1981-2010 long-term average for the month.

The average maximum temperature so far this June is 17.1°C which is very close to the long-term average of 17.3 °C.

Looking at the individual countries, Scotland and Northern Ireland have had slightly above average temperatures so far.  Scotland’s mean temperature has been 11.5 °C (0.2 °C above average) and Northern Ireland’s has been 13.0 °C (0.2 °C above average).

Wales had the most sunshine with190.6 hours, already above the full-month long-term average.

Northern Ireland has had the most rain so far with 79.8 mm compared with England’s below average 27.5 mm and Scotland’s 45.3 mm.

Temperatures of 26.4 °C at Herstmonceux, East Sussex (19 June) and Mickleham, Surrey (20 June) are the hottest days in the UK so far.

The hottest day in Wales so far this year was at Usk (25.1°C on 19 June).

Scotland’s hottest day was at Glenlee (24.5 °C on 8 June) and Northern Ireland’s hottest day of the year so far was on 9 June (24.5 °C) at Magilligan.

Mean Temperature Sunshine hours Rainfall
1-26 June Actual Diff from Avg Actual % of Avg Actual % of Avg
degC degC hours % mm %
UK 12.7 -0.3 163.0 96 37.8 52
England 13.4 -0.7 168.2 92 27.5 44
Wales 12.7 -0.5 190.6 110 45.9 54
Scotland 11.5 0.2 148.9 99 45.3 51
N Ireland 13.0 0.2 150.4 100 79.8 105




‘Flaming June’ forecasts not from the Met Office

2 06 2011

Several media outlets are reporting that we are likely to see a heatwave in June and in some cases throughout the summer.  Some of the headlines attribute the June forecast to the Met Office.

These forecasts were based on comments from other forecasting organisations, not the Met Office.  At no time has the Met Office said that the whole of June will be hot nor have we issued forecasts for Wimbledon and Glastonbury or a summer forecast.

This weekend (3-5 June) will be warm in many places at first, with top temps in the mid to high 20s. But we do expect it to cool down later and into next week.

The longer term 6-15 day forecast issued on the Met Office website on 1 June for the period up to the middle of June said:

The UK entering the new week rather unsettled with a cooler feel when compared to the first few days of June. Some sunny spells are expected, but also rain or showers, with rainfall most persistent and heaviest towards the north and west, giving slightly below average temperatures here. Meanwhile the southeast may become locally warm, with a risk of heavy or thundery showers, whilst the best of any dry weather more likely in the west. Later in the week, conditions look to remain unsettled, with showers perhaps turning heavy at times with a risk of thunder. It should remain rather cool for many, although again, perhaps warmer towards the southeast. Towards the end of the period, conditions continue rather unsettled with rain or showers, separated by drier and brighter interludes.

Met Office weather forecasts for the next five days, 6 to 15 days ahead and 16 to 30 days ahead are available on the Met Office website.








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