United Kingdom weather records

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The United Kingdom weather records note the most extreme weather ever recorded in the United Kingdom, such as the most and fewest hours of sunshine and highest wind speed.

Records[edit]

As of December 2011, the records as recorded by the Met Office were:[1]

Temperature[edit]

°C °F Location Date
Highest 38.5°C[1] 101.3°F Faversham, Kent 10 August 2003
Lowest -27.2°C[1] -17.0°F Braemar, Aberdeenshire 11 February 1895 and 10 January 1982
Altnaharra, Sutherland 30 December 1995

Rainfall[edit]

Main article: UK rainfall records
Duration Level Location Date
Highest 5-min total approx 32 mm[1] Preston, Lancashire 10 August 1893
Highest 30-min total 80 mm[1] Eskdalemuir, Dumfriesshire 26 June 1953
Highest 60-min total 92 mm[1] Maidenhead, Berkshire 12 July 1901
Highest 90-min total 117 mm[1] Dunsop Valley, Lancashire 8 August 1967
Highest 120-min total 193 mm[1][2] Walshaw Dean Lodge, Yorkshire 19 May 1989
Highest 155-min total 169 mm[1] Hampstead, London 14 August 1975
Highest 180-min total 178 mm[1] Horncastle, Lincolnshire 7 October 1960
Highest 24-hour total 316.4 mm[1] Seathwaite Farm, Cumbria 19 November 2009

Sunshine[edit]

Duration Location Date
Highest monthly total 383.9 hours[1] Eastbourne and Hastings, Sussex July 1911
Lowest monthly total 0 hours[citation needed] Westminster, London December 1890

Wind speed[edit]

Ground Level Wind Speed Location Date
mph km/h knots
Low level 142 228 123[1] Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire 13 February 1989
High level 173 278 150[1] Cairn Gorm 20 March 1986

Shetland holds the unofficial British record for wind speed, which in 1962 was recorded at 177 mph (285 km/h) at RAF Saxa Vord.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Weather extremes". Met Office. December 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  2. ^ The UK Met Office expresses "reservations" about this value
  3. ^ "Unst". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 12 January 2010.