Temperatures for the month so far have been well above average.
The mean temperature for the UK from the 1st to the 28th is 11.6 °C, which is 2.1 °C above the long-term (1981-2010) average. It’s currently ranked joint fifth warmest in the records, but this could change once the final three days of data have been included.
There were no autumn heat waves through October, just a persistence of mild conditions – particularly mild nights – and frost has been rare through the month.
Apart from Northern Scotland most places have had a wetter than average October. It is likely to be the wettest October since 2000. October 2013 is also notable because it was dull. Sunshine hours are currently below the long-term average.
We’ll update on the full-month figures early next week.