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Wet and warm winter 2019–20

Wet and warm winter 2019–20 3 April 2020

Met Office: The UK’s wet and warm winter of 2019–20 (via Carbon Brief)

By Ayesha Tandon & Annie Schultz

As the UK begins to see the longer, warmer days of spring, it leaves in its wake a winter that broke records for both temperature and rainfall.

The 2019–20 UK winter – covering the months of December, January and February – saw the highest maximum December temperature and the wettest February on record. Overall, the winter was the UK’s fifth warmest, while it was the warmest on record for Europe as a whole.

In this article, we review the recent winter and the factors that contributed to it. Highlights include:

  • The winter of 2019–2020 set records in the UK, including the wettest February and highest maximum December temperature.
  • This winter ranked as the warmest European winter on record
  • Past records show a trend towards warmer and wetter weather. The winters of 2006–07, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2018–19, and 2019–20 were all in the Top 10 warmest winters in the UK, and 2006–07, 2013–14, 2015–16 and 2019–20 were in the Top 10 wettest years.
  • This warm, wet winter was largely driven by a positive phase of the Arctic Oscillation, while it is also consistent with projections for the UK under a warming climate.

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