A cold and wet May

A tale of two halves. Been average and often pleasant in the southern half of England shown by the whites on the two maps.

Official blog of the Met Office news team

The early May figures (1st – 27 May) show it has been a wet month over all, typified by cool, showery conditions, although there have been some drier interludes during the second half of the month.

May rainfall anomaly 1981-2010 May rainfall anomaly 1981-2010

Maximum temperatures have been around 2 °C below average for many western counties, and lower than this in northwest Scotland. However, apart from a frost in many places on the 1st (Tulloch Bridge -5.6 °C), cloud-cover has resulted in minimum temperatures broadly holding up at around the seasonal average in England and Wales, and only around a degree below elsewhere.

May temperature anomaly 1981-2010 May temperature anomaly 1981-2010

The unsettled weather has led to above average rainfall totals for many places, the main exceptions being in eastern Scotland and much of southern and eastern England. A few spots have had around twice the monthly average.

Unsurprisingly, given the unsettled conditions, most places have had…

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