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State of the UK Climate 2019

The latest report covering the climate of the UK – published Friday the 31st of July - reveals that the most recent decade (2010-2019) has been on average 0.9° C warmer across the UK than the period 1961-1990, with 2019 being 1.1° C above the 1961-1990 long-term average.

The sixth report in the State of the UK Climate series confirms that 2019 was the 12th warmest year in a series from 1884. Although sitting outside the top ten warmest years in the series (all since 2002), the year was most remarkable for setting four UK high temperature records, including:

  • A new all-time record (38.7° C) 25 July, Cambridge University Botanic Gardens (Cambridgeshire)
  • A new winter record (21.2° C) 26 February, Kew Gardens (London); the first time 20 C has been reached in the UK in a winter month.
  • A new December record (18.7° C) 28 December, Achfary (Sutherland).
  • A new February minimum record (13.9° C) 23 February, Achnagart (Highland)
    The all-time and winter records also created new high-temperature records for February and July.

No national low-temperature records were set during the year.


State of the Climate 2019


The State of the UK Climate report is compiled by the Met Office and published in the Royal Meteorological Society’s International Journal of Climatology.

Read the full report here.

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