A poor August ends another disappointing summer
UPDATE at 3pm on Friday 2nd September.
UK provisional statistics for Summer 2011
• Across the UK, the mean summer temperature was 13.6 Celsius, which is 0.4 Celsius below the long term average.
• The UK mean summer temperature was similar to 1998 and the coolest since 1993, when it was 13.4 Celsius.
• The UK average rainfall for the summer was 267mm which is 18% more than the long term average for the season which is 227mm.
• As far as sunshine is concerned, there were 489 hours this season, 96% of the long term average which is 510 hours
August has once more turned out to be a disappointing month. Overall, the UK has received 126% of the normal August rainfall, and it's been much duller than normal with only 76% of average sunshine. Averaged across the UK maximum temperatures were 0.8C below normal.
Provisional figures also show that it's been the coolest UK summer (June, July & August) since 1993.
But locally, figures from the Met Office weather station at Linton-on-Ouse indicate that summer has actually been very close to average.
Total summer rainfall recorded at the station was 174mm, compared with the long term average of 169mm.
The summer average temperature was 15.48C, the same as in 2007. The station's average is 15.43C.
Just down the road at Church Fenton there's been 498 hours of sunshine this summer, very close to the average of 494 hours.
In spring, I wrote an article, which you can read HERE summarising the various summer forecasts on offer.
Of all the long range forecasts I read, only Piers Corbyn at Weather Action can claim success with his summer forecast.
But let's not forget what the climate records show - glorious springs often deteriorate into unsettled summers - and this year has been no exception.
Looking ahead into September, there's no indication of a decent spell of warm settled weather, with the unsettled theme likely to last for the foreseeable future.