Most notable as the warmest year in the CET series,with a mean of 10.95, easily beating the previous warmest (2006). The most cyclonic winter on record, with the lowest average pressure by some way. Also easily the wettest winter on record (with an average total of 272 mm, easily beating 1914-15). There was severe flooding and coastal erosion across the south from Christmas Eve on, with a series of severe gales. As might be expected, a very mild winter (but not record-breaking). The hihest temperature of the year was 32.3C at Swancombe Marsh (Kent) on 18 July. The lowest temperature was a relatively mild -9.0C at Cromdale in Morayshire on the 27th; you have to go back to 1990 to find a higher annual minimum. It was a very warm spring, with a CET average of 10.1C, with only 1893 and 1945 being warmer.
January. A very cyclonic month. Wet and windy with notable gales and some catastrophic flooding in the south.
February. The most cyclonic month on record, so very windy, mild, and wet. The mildest day was the 24th where several stations in the London area recorded 14.9C; the coldest night was the 17th with -7.7C at Altnaharra. England and Wales rainfall averaged 213%, making it the wettest rainfall since 1990. There were severe gales on the 12th and 14th. Overall it was a sunny month, although it was very dull in NW England and SW Scotland.
March. Mostly warm, dry, and sunny. It was particularly warm in the SE. Temperatures ranged from 20.9C in St James's Park, London, on the 30th, to -6.8C at Redesdale (Northumberland) on the 24th. Rainfall of 49.1 mm (69%) average made it the driest month since June. Monthly rainfall totals ranged from 353 mm at Cluanie Inn (Skye) to just 9.9 mm at Boulmer (Northumberland). England and Wales sunshine averaged 156 hours (134% of the long-term average).
April. The third warmest on record (after 2007 and 2011). Generally a southerly month. The south was particularly warm, dry, and sunny from the 8th to the 19th. The highest temperature of the month was in Scotland, at Aviemore on the 22nd (22.0C); the coldest night -5.2C at Aboyne on the night of the 19-20th. Very average rainfall (64.1 mm, 98%), with a lot coming in a showery start and end to the month. Monks Wood (Cambridgeshire) saw just 12.5mm all month. The England and Wales unshine was an average of 163 hours, again close to the average (98%).
May. Slightly warmer than average but also wet. Rainfall averaged 156% (102 mm), making it the wettest May since 2007. The wettest day was the 10th with 57.5 mm falling at Capel Curig in Snowdonia. The third week was relatively dry. The highest temperature of the month being 26.2 at Heathrow on the 19th. The lowest was -5.0C at Cromdale (Morayshire) on the morning 2nd. The maximum at Carter Bar on the 1st was only 4.5C. It was slightly less sunny than average.
June. Quite warm and dry, and the sunniest since 2010. The highest temperature was 26.5C at Strathallan (Perthshire) on the 18th; the coldest 1.0C at Lake Bala early on the 6th. Total rain was 50.1 mm (75% average). The highest rainfall of the month was the 28th, when 57.0 mm fell at Boughton-under-Blean in Kent in a five-hour thunderstorm. It was wetter than average in parts of east Scotland, and wetter in the SW. England and Wales sunshine was 227 hours (117 hours). Lerwick only saw 68 hours (lower than in March, April, or May).
July. Warm and sunny - in the top ten percent for both over the last century. The highest temperature was 32.3C (just over 90F) at Swanscombe Marsh (Kent); the lowest 1.2C at Braemar on the 2nd. The England and Wales sunshine average was 258 hours (128% average); St Helier saw 336 and Lerwick only 100. The rainfall average was 54.0 mm, 94% of average. The wettest days was the 20th, with thunderstorms; 75.8 mm fell at Canvey Island leading to local flooding.
August. Cool, wet, and unsettled; the coolest since 1993 and the wettest since 2008. The last three week were particularly unsettled. The highest temperature of the month was 27.2C at St James's Park in London on the 7th, while the temperature at Braemar fell to -2.1C on the 25th. The England and Wales average rainfall was 117.3 mm (155%). Ono the 9th, 132.8 mm of rain fell at Fair Isle. Sunshine was exactly average.
September. The driest in England and Wales since 1959 (total 15.5 mm, 20%) and across the UK for over a century, since 1865. Squires Gate (Blackpool) recorded just 1 mm all month. It was a warm month - actually warmer than August, a rare event (3%). The hottest daytime temperature was 27.0C at St. Helier (Jersey). Not surprisingly it was a very anticyclonic month. The only substantial rain fell in thunderstorms on the 18th and 19th; Exeter saw 41.2 mm. Sunshine was almost exactly average.
October. Quite warm, wet, windy, and unsettled, but not extraordinarily so. The highest temperature was on the 31st (Hallowe'en), reaching 23.6C at Kew in London and Swanscombe March (Kent) - a record maximum for so late in October. The lowest minimum was -4.5C at Aviemore on the morning of the 5th. Total England and Wales rainfall averaged 117.8 mm (124%). Achnagart (Wester Ross) recorded 392 mm in the month, with 96.7 mm falling on the 27th. Sunshine averaged 99.6 hours (91%).
November. Very mild, particularly in the first half, and generally unsettled. The warmest day was the 1st, seeing 19.6C at Jersey airport. The coldest night was the morning of the 15th with -4.3C at Loch Glascarnoch (Wester Ross). It was quite a wet month, with an average of 124 mm being 124% of the 81-10 long-term mean. It was particularly wet in west Wales and dry in east Scotland. Sunshine was 96%, with Cornwall being the sunniest part of the country this month.
December. About average temperatures overall, slightly warmer in the south and slightly colder in the north. It was a westerly but also relatively calm month. There was a mild spell mid-month, and then from Christmas on it turned much colder (but not exceptionally so, and with little widespread snow). The highest temperature of the month was 14.2C at Nantwich in Cheshire on the 22nd, and the lowest -9.0C at Cromdale (Morayshire), overnight on the 26-27th - this was the lowest temperature in the UK in the year. Rainfall averaged 77.6 mm, which is 88% of the long-term average, with, as would be expected with a westerly airflow, more rain than the west, while parts of the east were quite dry. It was also a very sunny month, with an average of 79.7 hours being 152%, the highest for December since 2001. It was a windy month in western Scotland.