News ID: 134055
Published: 0223 GMT January 01, 2016

Mild, wet December breaks UK records

Mild, wet December breaks UK records

Early provisional stats from the Met Office (the United Kingdom's national weather service) say December has broken records for not only rainfall but also temperature in the UK.

Long-standing weather records have been smashed by a stormy, yet warm December, the Met Office's early figures suggested.

Scotland, Wales and the northwest of England all had the wettest December in more than a century, BBC reported.

A UK mean temperature of 8°C broke records too and would have felt more like a day in April or May.

The Met Office said storms Desmond, Eva and, most recently, Frank were behind the record rainfall, while a humid south-westerly airflow kept it warm.

Scotland recorded the most rain in December (333 mm or 13 inches), making it wetter than any calendar month since 1910 and far wetter than the average of 204 mm (8 inches).

Wales has only seen more rain fall in a single month once than it did in December 2015 ― in November 1929.

Central and southern England escaped the worst of it, with rainfall figures much closer to average.

In between the storms, there were warm, sunny days across the UK.

England saw mean temperatures top 9.4°C, compared with an average 4.4°C for December.

The Met Office said that, until last week, the year might have looked unremarkable with a cool spring and a cool, damp summer offset by a mild end to the year.

Storm Desmond, in early December, brought record-breaking rainfall to the Lake District.

On Christmas Eve, gales and heavy rain from Storm Eva flooded parts of the northwest of England, Scotland and north Wales.

And in recent days, Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England have borne the brunt of Storm Frank.

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