Select your year here. If there isn't an entry for a particular month, it means I have found nothing of interest about it. (If you know of something I don't, I'd be interested in hearing about it; I would appreciate an email.)
My favourite years? 1947 has to be top, as it had everything. If only I'd been there! I also rate 1976 highly for its memorable summer, and 1963 for its memorable winter.
These pages are compiled from a number of sources. I've found Philip Eden's column in The Sunday Telegraph (and, to a lesser extent, the Daily Telegraph on Saturdays) and Bob Prichard's Wednesday Weatherwatch column in the Guardian particularly helpful. BBC Ceefax (remember that?) was another useful source. Stirling's (1997) The weather of Britain is superb, as is Eden's Weatherwise. The COL Bulletin, Journal of Meteorology and Weather provide some useful information; the Weatherlog section of the latter provides wonderful monthly summaries. Kenneth Gannon, Bill Hindmarsh, Peter Kelsey, Kevin Phillips, Michael Wylie, Julien Benney, and Ian Rippey, among others, have also some supplied data. Philip Eden kindly answered many questions, and prevented numerous errors; these pages would not be possible in this form without his help. I am particularly grateful to him for the bases of the recent monthly summaries. I am also most grateful to my many weather chums on the newsgroup for those interested in the British weather, uk.sci.weather, from which I've gleaned many useful pieces of information. The Met Office is a wonderful source of information, including a monthly update. I would like to thank all these people. I have tried to reference all my sources here, but if you feel I missed something, or should make a credit more prominent, or add another, please just email me.
I maintain these pages as a hobby: I am a psychologist, not a meteorologist. Given I am just an amateur, I obviously can't vouch for the accuracy of the information here, but I've done my best. Note though that I know nothing that isn't here, so if you want to know what the weather was like on a certain date, and the information isn't here, I won't know. There's even less point asking what the weather's going to be like in three months time, or asking me in March if June is going to be good for weddings, or in October if it will be a White Christmas, because no one knows. I maintain this site in my spare time, as a hobby, and time is always limited.
If I say something like "the warmest month of the year", unless otherwise stated this will be according to the CET (Central England Temperature) series. Similarly "driest" applies to the England and Wales average. Things might have been very different in the north of Scotland!
These pages represent a huge amount of time and work on my part. Please do not copy them without my permission.
I'd be interested to know of any errors and omissions; my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Extreme weather: year index