2014 August Bank Holiday Monday Weather

Tuesday 26th Aug 2014 by theWeather Club

Following a weekend of sunny spells and scattered thundery showers, many parts of the UK experienced a very wet, windy and unseasonably chilly bank holiday Monday as a band of rainfall pushed in from the southeast - although some parts in the north and west did see some sunny weather. Parts of Suffolk received the highest rainfall totals on Monday 25th August (31.2mm in Wattisham and 25.4mm in Brooms Barn), whilst some remote parts of Northern Ireland and Scotland experienced their coldest August night since records began fifty years ago, with minimum temperatures reaching -2.1oC in the Highlands.

“It always rains on bank holidays!” Or does it?

Between 2007 and 2012, the summer bank holidays were wetter than normal and therefore it may seem like they are always wet, but how wet actually are they? Of all the August bank holidays between 1984 and 2013, ten of these years saw rain across the whole of the UK, nine saw dry weather across half the UK and eleven were predominantly dry across the whole of the UK. According to MeteoGroup, based on this broad 30-year analysis, we are likely to experience wet August bank holiday conditions slightly more than one year in every three.

Food for Thought

Since we are now in the run-up to autumn, it is perhaps an appropriate time to remind ourselves of Ranulph Fiennes’ famous words of wisdom:

“There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.”