UK Weather Report–Spring 2013
By Paul Homewood
The full details have now been released by the Met Office for May, so we can take a look at the Spring summary.
Although, on the basis of CET, it was the coldest Spring in England since 1891, for the UK as a whole it was not quite so cold! Mean temperatures averaged out at 5.99C. Records for the UK start in 1910, and since then the coldest Spring was in 1962, which registered 5.80C. Three other Springs, in 1917, 1941 and 1951 were also slightly colder than this year.
As the map below shows, Scotland, though still colder than usual, was not as far below average as England and, particularly, Wales.
Although March was particularly cold, each of the three months were below average.
Rainfall totals this Spring amounted to 216.9mm, slightly below the 30-Year average, but virtually the same as the 1910-2012 average of 216.2mm. Geographically, most of the country was close to average.