As November and meteorological autumn draws to a close, I've been taking a look at how the weather varied over the past month and how we compared to previous years.

November as a whole was a rather wet month, experiencing nearly a quater more rainfall than normal. A total of 77 mm of rain fell in the month, compared to the 61 mm average. Most of the months rainfall fell during the first two weeks, before it gradually turned drier. Although putting this into some perspective, the wettest November was back in 1940, where we saw 154.5 mm.

November 2019 was the coldest since 2016, but saying that temperatures were around average. It was also rather dull, receiving 91% of the average sunshine for the month. However, Shoeburyness near Southend in Essex was the sunniest location in the UK, reaching a total of 91.7 hours of sunshine. Shoeburyness also came up top as the driest place in England, recording 50.4 mm.

The wettest place in the Anglia region was Stowe near Milton Keynes with 114.2 mm.

What about Autumn 2019?

Looking at the country as a whole, the chart below shows how much variation there was across the UK. Stark contrasts were seen across North-West Scotland, where there was a rainfall deficit. Meanwhile, in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, they experienced nearly double the seasons average.

Sheffield has been a notably wet location, breaking its Autumn record weeks before the end of the season. It has now recorded 474.8mm, breaking its previous record of 425.2mm also set in 2000.

Met Office Autumn 2019 Rainfall Credit: Met Office

For the Anglia region, we saw the coldest Autumn since 2012, after having a run of warm Autumns for the past 6 years. It was the wettest Autumn since 2000. We experienced over a third more rainfall through the season than normal. The average amount of rainfall we expect is 180 mm and we received 243 mm. But to put this into some sort of contrast, we received 315 mm of rainfall in Autumn 2000.