2014: A year in weather

According to the Met Office, 2014 was UK’s warmest since 1910, beating 2006 by 0.2°C. Central England Temperature also set to be the warmest in a series that dates back to 1659. It was also the fifth wettest year for the UK since 1910.

Official blog of the Met Office news team

2014 has been another year of eventful weather across the UK. Here we take a look at some of the year’s more notable aspects.


The obvious headline from 2014 is that it will be the warmest year in our UK record dating back to 1910, knocking 2006 from its top spot.

Using figures up to 28 December then assuming average conditions for the last three days of the year, the expected mean temperature for the UK is 9.9 °C. This beats the previous record of 9.7 °C set in 2006 and means all the UK’s top eight warmest years have happened since 2002.

Despite the overall warmth, there were no record-breaking months – it’s just a case that 11 out of 12 months (August being the exception) were warmer than average. Although individual months were unremarkable, it was the persistence of the warmth that was unusual and together they add…

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4 Responses to “2014: A year in weather”

  1. Richard Mallett Says:

    If they had waited a few days, they would have known that the annual average for the Central England Temperature was 10.93 C. The trend from 1659 was +0.27 C per century; or from 1772 (when daily temperature records start) was 0.38 C per century. I don’t know why they mention 1910.

    • Richard Mallett Says:

      Replying to myself : the sceptic in me would say that the reason they start at 1910 is perhaps not unrelated to the fact that 1911 was the coldest year between 1850 and 2014 in the HadCRUT4.3 temperature record.

  2. Richard Mallett Says:

    Just a quick check of http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/hadobs/hadukp/data/monthly/HadEWP_monthly_qc.txt reveals that the precipitation for England and Wales for December 2014 is not yet in, so it’s too early to be talking about annual ranking.

  3. Richard Mallett Says:

    Clive Best has some interesting analysis of the Central England Temperature record at

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