Weather Review

Weather around the World - October 2018

With August and September being the peak months for Tropical Cyclones in the North Atlantic (Hurricanes), eastern North Pacific (hurricanes) and western North Pacific (typhoons), there have been a number of storms recently. Of these, Florence, a Category 4 Hurricane, and Mangkhut , a Category 5-equivalent Super Typhoon, have been the most powerful.

UK weather review: May 2018

May was warmer than average for most places of the UK. At the beginning of the month an unsettled westerly regime brought rain south-eastwards. Thereafter, temperatures and sunshine increased. The early-May Bank Holiday was the warmest since its introduction in 1978. Despite cooler temperatures, the second week remained dry and sunny for many parts. The second half of the month was dominated by high pressure and easterly winds bringing warm air and sunshine. However, it stayed cooler and cloudier along the east coast.

World weather review: April 2018

The global surface temperatures of April 2018 were close to 0.5 °C above average compared to the reference period of 1981-2010. Although Europe was still experiencing cold, wet and windy conditions in early April, the month averaged out to be the warmest European April on record. The anomaly map below shows the temperature difference of April compared to the reference period of 1981-2010, with it notably warm over central parts of Europe.

UK weather review: April 2018

April was warmer than average for most places of the UK. The month started with cold, wet and windy conditions continuing the weather pattern dominant in March. From mid-April, high pressure near the UK brought warm spells of air from the south. The hottest day in April since 1949 was recorded at St James's Park in London on 19 April reaching a maximum temperature of 29.1 °C. However, sunshine levels remained below average except in Scotland. From 22 April unsettled colder weather returned and temperatures dropped towards the end of the month again.

World weather review: March 2018 theWeather Club Thu, 05/04/2018 - 13:17

At the start of the month, the Beast from the East continued to cause heavy snowfall in Europe. The blizzard forced the cancellation of all flights at Dublin airport on Thursday and the temporary closure of Geneva airport in Switzerland. Large parts of the Continent continue to shiver in the grip of a Siberian weather system that has brought the coldest temperatures for several years.

UK weather review: March 2018 theWeather Club Thu, 05/04/2018 - 12:56

March was a rather cold month, overall. It started exceptionally cold with easterly winds and widespread snow as the UK experienced the tail-end of the ‘Beast from the East’. Indeed, many parts of the country failed to reach temperatures above freezing during the daytime. During the course of the first week, it began to turn milder from the south and became generally wet and cloudy as low pressure dominated until mid-month.

UK weather review: February 2018

February was a rather cold month, with a mean temperature of just 2.4°C, 1.3°C below the 1981-2010 average. It began rather unsettled but became dry and mild mid-month. However, as February drew to a close, the ‘Beast from the East’ took control (from the 25th Feb onwards) as high pressure set in over Scandinavia, and cold and snowy weather became the predominant features.

World weather review: January 2018

Whilst Spain and France experienced temperatures well above the seasonal average, Austria, Northern Italy and some parts of Eastern Europe experienced heavy snowfall for a few weeks in January.  Indeed, on the 5th January, heavy snow cut off a number of alpine ski resorts, including Cervinia in Italy and Adelboden in Switzerland. France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Germany suffered damage and suspended flights as a result of depression Friederike (not named by the Met Office/ Met Éireann) on the 18th January.