United Kingdom weather records

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Records[edit]

As of July 2017, the records as recorded by the Met Office were:[1]

Highest temperature[edit]

°C °F Location Date
Highest (England) 38.5°C[1] 101.3°F Faversham, Kent 10 August 2003
Highest (Wales) 35.2°C 95.4°F Hawarden Bridge, Flintshire 2 August 1990
Highest (Scotland) 32.9°C 91.2°F Greycrook, Scottish Borders 9 August 2003
Highest (Northern Ireland) 30.8°C 87.4°F Knockarevan, County Fermanagh 30 June 1976
Shaw's Bridge, Belfast, County Antrim 12 July 1983

Lowest temperature[edit]

°C °F Location Date
Lowest (Scotland) -27.2°C[1] -17.0°F Braemar, Aberdeenshire 11 February 1895 and 10 January 1982
Altnaharra, Sutherland 30 December 1995
Lowest (England) -26.1°C[1] -15.0°F Newport, Shropshire 11 January 1982
Lowest (Wales) -23.3°C -9.9°F Rhayader, Powys 21 January 1940
Lowest (Northern Ireland) -18.7°C -1.6°F Castlederg, County Tyrone 24 December 2010

Rainfall[edit]

Duration Level Location Date
Highest 5-min total Approx. 32 mm[1] Preston, Lancashire 10 August 1893
Highest 30-min total 80 mm Eskdalemuir, Dumfries and Galloway[2] 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 155 mm[1][3] Hewenden Reservoir, West Yorkshire 11 June 1956
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 (1800-1800) 341.4 mm[1] Honister Pass, Cumbria 5 December 2015
Highest 24-hour total (0900-0900) 279 mm[1] Martinstown, Dorset 18 July 1955
Highest 48-hour total (0900-0900) 405 mm Thirlmere, Cumbria 4 to 5 December 2015
Highest 72-hour total (0900-0900) 456.4 mm Seathwaite, Cumbria 17 to 19 November 2009
Highest 96-hour total (0900-0900) 495 mm Seathwaite, Cumbria 16 to 19 November 2009
Highest Monthly Total 1396.4 mm Crib Goch, Snowdon 1 to 31 December 2015

Sunshine[edit]

Duration Location Date
Highest monthly total (England)[4] 383.9 hours Eastbourne, Sussex July 1911
Highest monthly total (Northern Ireland)[4] 298 hours Mount Stewart, County Down June 1940
Highest monthly total (Scotland)[4] 329.1 hours Tiree, Argyll & Bute May 1975
Highest monthly total (Wales)[4] 354.3 hours Dale Fort, Pembrokeshire July 1955

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.[5]

Atmospheric Pressure[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "UK climate - Extremes". Met Office. March 2017. Retrieved 3 March 2017.  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.
  2. ^ http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/media/pdf/b/1/Eskdalemuir_Flood_-_26_June_1953.pdf
  3. ^ The UK Met Office expresses "reservations" about 193 mm on 19 May 1989 at Walshaw Dean Lodge (West Yorkshire)
  4. ^ a b c d "National Meteorological Library and Archive Factsheet 9 — Weather extremes" (PDF). Met Office. p. 16. Retrieved 20 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "Unst". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 12 January 2010.