According to meteorologistsAutumn officially starts on Sunday (1st September), but before we get toodepressed we can reflect on a very pleasant summer.
Provisional UK statisticsreleased by the Met Office today show 2013 has enjoyed the warmest, driest andsunniest summer since 2006 - but it's not been a record breaker.
In England we enjoyed meantemperatures of 16.2C (0.7C above the summertime average of 15.5C). We had 29%less rain than usual with 150mm falling in June, July and August istead of theaverage 194mm. It's also been the 7th sunniest summer since 1910 with 647 hoursof sunshine (up 16% from the average of 559 hours).
When a regional breakdown ofthese figures is released next week we can expect the average temperatures inthe London area to be noticeably higher. The hottest day of the year so far wasrecorded at Heathrow on the 1st of August (34.1C) and we enjoyed the best ofthe long July heatwave.
While this summer is warmer,drier and sunnier than the long-term average, it hasn't been exceptional. Itstands out because UK wide the last six summers have been wetter than average,with 2012 and 2007 both being in the top five wettest, and 2008 and 2009 alsoin the top ten wettest in records from 1910.