A very warm year - 10.5C CET overall, making it one of the warmest on record (after 2006, 2003, 2002, 1999, 1997, 1995, 1990, and 1949). Winter 2006-07 was exceptionally mild - the warmest since 1868-69. There was a great contrast between an unusually dry and warm April and a relatively cool wet May: there were less than 1.8 mm of rain in Luton in April, but 179 mm in May. In some parts of central and southern England the warmest day of the year was as early as 15th April. Summer was one of the wettest on record, with some remarkable flooding. It was the wettest May, June and July on record, although August was much drier in the south, particularly the first half. After the very wet summer it was the driest autumn on record. Overall the rainfall was just 7% above average, making it the wettest year since 2004. It was slightly sunnier than average. The 12-month period April 2006 to May 2007 was the warmest such spell on record (beating 1994-95).


January. Overall extremely warm, quite wet, and fairly sunny. It was the warmest January since 1921, and the third warmest on record. Very mild, windy, wet, unsettled first half. Much of Scotland had its first snowfall on 18 January - remarkably late. The most severe gale since 1990 affected England on the 19th, with several deaths caused by the wind, and husts up to 99 mph at The Needles. Colder spell briefly from the 21st, with some snow in the north, south and east.

February. Mild and wet - both the warmest and wettest since 2002. A cold snap from the 6th, with snow over much of the country, and disruptive falls in the south on the 7th and Midlands and Wales on the 9th. The highest temperature of the month was 14.7C at Aberdeen on the 1st, the lowest -10.7C at Altnaharra on the 9th. The first month was quite dry and very sunny, the rest of the mnth wet and quite dull. It was particularly wet in the west and south, with and England and Wales average of 107 mm. Princetown (Dartmoor) saw 352 mm.

March. Very sunny - the fifth sunniest on record. With an average of 166 hours of sunshine, in England and Wales, there was 50% more sunshine than average. Weymouth saw 218 hours. The temperature was slightly above average (7.1C CET). After a wet first week it was generally very dry, resulting in quite a dry month overall The highest temperature of the month was 18.6C at Herstmonceux (Sussex) on the 27th.

April. A magnificent month. A very anticyclonic month, with a marked absence of westerly winds. It was by far the warmest since records began - with a CET of 11.2C it was half a degree warmer than the previous record holder, 1865. There was a notable dry warm spell early and midmonth. The highest temperature of the month was 26.5C (just under 80F) at Herstmonceux (E. Sussex) on the 15th. It was a very dry month - many places had no rain until the final week. The average England and Wales rainfall was 13.2 mm, just 18% of the average, making it the driest since 1957. Even Scotland (45%0 and Northern Ireland were relatively dry. Some stations (around Thorney Island and Canterbury) saw no rain all month. It was also the second sunniest April on record (beaten just by 1893), England and Wales averaging 238 hours.

May. One of the wettest on records in many places in the south. Temperatures overall were slightly above average, but in some places (e.g. here, East Scotland) May was cooler than April, and in many places maxima in May were lower than maxima in April (for the first time since 1987). The month was saved by many mild nights. The highest temperature of the month was 25.7C at Heathrow on the 24th; the lowest -5.7C at Kinbrace (Sutherland) on the 27th. It was the wettest May since 1967, and the fourth wettest on record, with an England and Wale average total 121 mm, nearly twice as much as average. Sunny in the north and west but dull in the east, where it was the dullest since 1991, so it was less sunny than April; the England and Wales average was 215 hours. The dry weather of March and April continued into the start of the month: some parts of east Kent had 38 consecutive days without rain up to the 5th. Parts of Shropshire had 79 mm of rain on the 13th. The late May Bank Holiday was terrible - cold and wet. The 28th was the coldest day so late in May since 1948: the maximum was only 6.4C at Whipsnade, with very strong northerly winds. Around 100 mm of rain fell at Luton in 48 hours.

June. The first two weeks were dry, but from the 13th it was very wet, leading to some exceptionally severe flooding in places. Slightly warmer than average everywhere apart from the northeast coast. The highest temperature of the month was only 27.2 at Prestatyn on the 11th; it was -2.5C at Kinbrace on the 14th, and it only reached a maximum of 8.8C at Aviemore on the 25th. It was dull everywhere apart from some parts of the far NW; although it was the dullest June since only 1998 on average, it was particularly dull in the east. There were just 62 hours of sunshine at Edinburgh. It was sunnier in Aberdeen last December than this June. There was an average of 130 mm rain in England and Wales, making the wettest since 1997, although some parts of the far north and Orkney and Shetland were very dry. Wilsden (West Yorkshire) had 281 mm. Some places in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and record amounts of rain. The 15th was another very wet day, particularly in the Midlands, with many places seeing some inches. Parts of Yorkshire had around 72 mm, leading to serious flooding. The month will be most remembered for the flooding in many parts of Britain in the final weekend. The Sheffield area saw particularly devastating flooding around the 25th and 26th; the M1 was closed for a few days because of the fear of a dam bursting. The Meadowhall Shopping Centre was flooded.

July. Very unsettled. Cold and wet with some truly exceptional flooding. It was very wet (with 129.5 mm, 219% of the England and Wales average, it was the wettest July since 1936), cool (the equal coolest since 1993; you have to go back to the miserable 1988 for one colder), with close to average sunshine. Some very heavy rain on Thursday night and Friday 19-20th saw some exceptional flooding in the South and Midlands on the 20th and afterwards. 100 mm of rain (four inches) fell over a wide area from Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire, to Wiltshire. Brize Norton (Oxon.) had 127.6 mm, 101 mm of it in 7 hours, and Pershore (Worcs.) had 145.4 mm. This heavy rainfall leads to the worst flooding in living memory, particuarly in Gloucestershire. The last two days were more settled, reaching 24.7 in central London on the 31st, but with some cool nights.

August. About average temperatures, although the coolest since 1993; slightly drier than average in the south, although wet in the north and west. Fine, warm, dry and sunny in the south and east of England in the first half; much less settled in the north. It reached 30.1C at Terrington St. Clement, Wisbech (Norfolk), on the 5th - the highest temperature of the year. The 19th was cool, with a maximum of only 10.1 at Carter Bar on the A68 on the Scottish border, and 10.6C at Okehampton (Devon). Although the rest of August was sunny, the third week was very dull. Wattisham (near Ipswich) recorded five consecutive sunless days - perhaps a record for August.

September. Mostly anticyclonic and settled, particularly the first three weeks. Winds often came from the northerly quarterly, although temperatures were about average overall (slightly above, but making it the coolest September since 2001). Dry (nearly 50% beneath average) with about average sunshine. There were some cool days and nights. The highest temperature of the month was 25.8C at Howden (Yorks.) on the 7th. There was an outbreak of tornadoes in England on the 24th. The accompanying cold front brought some low temperatures: the maximum at Braemar on the 26th was just 7.1C.

October. Anticyclonic and very dry - at 53% of the England and Wales long-term average, it was the driest since 1995. Overall slightly warmer than average. It reached 21.5C at Herstmonceux (Sussex) on the 11th. There was a cold snap between the 22nd and 27th, with a maximum of just 5.9C at Strathallan (Perthshire) on the 24th, and widespread frost. Quite sunny, except in parts of the southeast.

November. A little above average temperatures overall, rather warmer than average in the north. Dry, warm, settled start, unsettled, colder second half. It reached 18.2C at Kew on the 1st and Portland on the 2nd; and the lowest minimum was -7.8C at Saughall (Ayrshire) on the 23rd. The wettest spell was between the 17th and 21st; England and Wales average rainfall was 74 mm (63%) - part of the driest autumn on record. A sunny month, particularly in the south and east.

December. Average temperatures overall. Dry, particularly in the east, with about half the expected rainfall. Shoeburyness (Essex) had just 22 mm of rain. It was quite sunny, except for parts of the east, with an England and Wales average of 57 hours. The first third of the month was unsettled and mild; middle two weeks anticyclonic and getting colder with frost and fog; unsettled finish. The lowest temperature of the month was -13.0C at Aboyne (Aberdeenshire) on the morning of the 22nd; the maximum at Aberfeldy (Perthshire) on the 21st was just -4.2C.


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