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Third warmest spring in over a 100 years

Spring 2014: The third warmest since records began Photo: Anwar Hussein/Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment

As spring draws to an end statistics from the Met Office National Climate Information Centre now show that Spring 2014 has been one of the warmest on record.

The mean average temperature for the UK for this season is 9.02°C - the third warmest - beaten only by 2007 (with 9.05°C) and 2011 (with 9.15°C).

The UK mean temperature for this spring has been 3°C warmer than spring 2013.

This continues a period of 6 months where the UK mean temperature was higher than average.

All months from December 2013 through to April 2014 have each been at least 1°C warmer than the long term average, with April notably being particularly warm for the time of year.

On the 19th May 2014 the highest temperatures of the year so far were recorded:

  • Hawarden, Flintshire - 25.1°C
  • Usk, Monmouthshire - 24.3°C
  • Prestatyn, Denbighshire - 24°C
  • Betws-y-Coed, Conwy - 23.8°C
  • Cardiff - 22.9

May 2014 - Warmer but wetter

Statistics also show that May has been duller and somewhat wetter than average.

The number of sunshine hours is down compared to the long-term average with the UK having seen 82% of what is expected and Wales having had just 79%.

May has been a very wet month with heavy, thundery downpours on a number of days.

According to the statistics Wales has had 99% of the rainfall expected, a total of 289.3mm