Seasons at the allotment: October 2022
As we have become very used to this year October was another mild month.
For our region that means it is the seventh warmest on record.
The mild October means every month so far this year being warmer than average.
The first ten months of 2022 are the warmest on record, but will that mean it takes the top spot from 2014? We will wait and see what the last two months of the year bring us.
Some areas in the west saw above average rainfall after the feed of cloud and rain from the Atlantic led to some heavy downpours.
When it came to rainfall, October was the second month in a row where we saw the right amount of rain. September and October follow on from six dry months, so we are still down on rainfall for the year as a whole.
By the end of October, you’d expect rainfall amounts to be at 83% of their long-term average for the whole year.
For the UK, it’s currently at 67%, well short of where we would want to be.
While some western areas struggled for sunshine the east enjoyed a brighter than average October with up to a third more sunshine than the norm.