The last 5 Februaries Weather in the UK according to Trevor Harley

2016 An unsettled first half but turning colder in the second half. Overall it was about average temperature; it was warmer than usual in the south, but colder than average in Northern Ireland and Scotland. The lowest temperature of the month is -14.1C at Braemar early on the 14th, the lowest temperature in the UK since February 2012. The highest temperature of the month was 16.0 at Exeter on the 21st. It was a wet month (129% of average), being particularly wet in the west but drier in the east. It was a sunny month, with 122% of expected sunshine.

2017 Quite mild – the ninth warmest since 1910. Particularly mild in the south. It was slightly wetter than average (106%). A dull month (79%) except in NW Scotland, where it was very sunny. After a SW mild start it became colder and anticyclonic from the 4th, with easterly winds and occasional snow. It turned milder from the 13th but stayed quiet until the 21st. Named Storm Doris bought gales to England and Wales on the 23rd, and snow to parts of Scotland. The highest temperature of the month was 18.3C at Northolt and at Kew Gardens in London on the 20th, and the lowest -9.8C at Altnaharra on the 11th.

2018 A cold month (2.9 CET), making it the coldest February since 2010. The month ended with the arrival of very cold air from Russia on a strong easterly, nicknamed “The Beast from the East” by the press. Also a very sunny month, the second sunniest on record (137%, after 2008), particularly in the southwest (over 170% of the long-term average). It was quite a dry month, with 73% of average rainfall. The highest temperature was 14.2C at Cardiff on the 19th, and the lowest -11.7C at south Farnborough (Hants.) and -14.2C at Faversham (Kent) on the 28th. The 12-13th was a wet day, with 49.6 mm of rainfall at Loch Shiell (Argyle). On the 28th the snow depth was 21 cm at Copley (Durham).

2019 Very mild – at 6.7 C CET the mildest since 2002. The mean maxima were particularly high, but the overall mean was brought down by some cool nights, even in the very mild spell at the end of the month. However the month started cold with some severe frosts and snow for the first day or so. A minimum temperature of -15.4C was recorded at Braemar on the 1st. Winds then switched to the west, southwest, and south, bringing warmth and sand deposits form Africa.There was a record-breaking mild spell mid-month. On Thursday 21 Scotland’s record maximum (since 1897) was broken, with 18.3C recorded at Aboyne (Aberdeenshire). On the 22nd a new Welsh record is set with 18.1C at Gogerddan (Cardigan Bay), and then broken again with 19.1 on the 24th also at Gogerddan. On Monday the 25th 20.6C broke the 20C record in Trawgoedd (and 20.4 in Northolt, London). It Tuesday 26th was then exceptional: 21.2C at Kew Gardens in London, and 20.8 in Porthmadog (Wales). It was often very sunny too. The fine weather broke down on the final day of the month. Overall it was extremely sunny (144%), being the second sunniest on record (after 2008) and quite dry (82%), particularly in the east, especially in East Scotland. Extraordinarily then the month saw temperatures range from -15.4 to +21.2.

2020 Extremely wet with three large storm systems. It was the wettest February on record, with 237% of average overall, and over 40% in placs. It was slightly milder than usual, particularly in the south. Two storms (Ciara and Dennis) brought strong winds and heave rain midmonth. There was widepsread flooding, particularly in Yorkshire, parts of Wales, and the Severn valley and its tributaries. Such descriptions cannot do just do the misery such weather brings. Sunshine was 104% of average: dull in the west but brighter in the east. The highest temperature of the month was 16.0C at East Malling (Kent) on the 16th, and the lowest -10.2C at Braemar on the 13th. 180.4 mm fell in the recording day at Honister Pass in Cumbria on the 19-20th. There was some snow, particularly on hills on the north.

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