State of the UK Climate: annual summary from the UK Met Office

A yearly publication made available by the Met Office providing an up-to-date assessment of UK climate trends, variations and extremes is now available.

The report summaries yearly climatological statistics, whilst looking at these in the context historical climate using long-term, high-quality observational datasets. Some key findings are given below:

  • 2014 was the warmest and also fourth wettest year on record for the UK in a series since 1910
  • Winter 2013/14 was the wettest for England and Wales in a series from 1766.
  • During 2014 Newlyn, Cornwall, where a tide gauge provides the longest record in the UK, recorded its highest maximum sea level in 100 years
  • Despite the very active 2013/2014 winter season, there is no overwhelming trend in storminess as determined by maximum gust speeds from over the last four decades

The full report provides detailed insight into all aspects of the climate, and can be accessed here.