2010 to 2019 has been a decade of weather records for the UK. The West Country has had its fair share of extremes too

Figures from the last decade show that 2010 to 2019 was the second wettest and second warmest period over the last 100 years for the UK.

The West Country also had its fair share of ups and downs as temperatures stretched from 34°C to -16°C across the decade.

Numerous high temperature records were set, including four in 2019 alone - but we also had a record low temperature too back in March 2018.

However, the warm extremes outweigh the cold ones which is a consequence of our warming climate.

Variability in our weather and climate mean that even as the average temperature increases cold extremes currently can and do still occur, for example the ’Beast from the East’ in 2018 resulted in the coldest March day on record with a maximum of -4.7°C recorded at Tredegar in South Wales.

Dr. Mark McCarthy, head of the Met Office's National Climate Information Centre
High temperatures records across the UK during 2019 Credit: Met Office

The West Country has had its fair share of ups and downs along the way too.

On 25 July 2019 when Cambridge Botanic Garden recorded a new record of 38.7°C, Bristol was basking in 32°C heat, and parts of Gloucestershire and Wiltshire recorded highs around 34 degrees.

Back on 1 July 2015 there was a one day heatwave that produced temperatures widely between 25 and 30°C across the southwest.

However, there have been plenty of wet spells too which have resulted in devastating flooding across the region. The relentless winter storms of January and February 2014 caused extensive floods across the Somerset Levels and affected the main railway lines along the south coast.

There was also the very wet summer in 2012, where June became the wettest on record; the West Country recording at least twice the monthly rainfall average.

So what will the next decade bring? Well we'll undoubtedly see plenty of extremes, some hot spells and some cold ones. Met Office trends point to our climate becoming wetter, warmer and sunnier, with more intense rainfall something we see more often. We'll be here keeping you up-to-date throughout it all.