May 2014 weather review
Monday, June 02, 2014, 18:53 GMT -
The last week of May was rather cloudy and wet and that generally summed up the whole month with low pressure largely in charge across the UK. However, there was some warm late spring sunshine to be enjoyed at times too, particularly through the third week of the month as high pressure developed over the country.
Temperatures were generally between 0.5-1C above the long term average across the whole of the country. March and April were mild too, with spring 2014 likely to be the third warmest on record, behind only 2011 and 2007. London Heathrow Airport observed the highest temperature of the year so far on the 19th, with a high of 26.4C. However, there were some rather chilly nights early on in the month was some fairly widespread frost across northern areas.
Apart from the largely dry and warm weather through the 3rd week of May, it was very unsettled with frequent showers or longer spells of rain. Southern and eastern areas of England were the wettest with some locations having double the usual rainfall. Both Bridlington, East Yorkshire and Waddington in Lincolnshire had rainfall 2.5 times the long term average for May. In contrast, some parts of northern Scotland were slightly drier than normal, largely due to the fact that rain-bearing systems took a more southerly track than usual. With the frequent spells of rain, it will come as no surprise that sunshine was in short supply.
Summer officially started yesterday and away from western areas that were rather cloudy and wet, many places had some warm hazy sunshine. Dishforth in North Yorkshire was the warmest location, reaching a pleasant 22C yesterday afternoon. However, this week will be far from summery as low pressure returns once again to bring a lot of cloud and showery rain. There should be some warm spells of sunshine at times too though, particularly towards the end of the week. There will be more on this tomorrow as we look ahead to see what the first month of June has in store weather wise.