December 1941 & 1951

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By Paul Homewood

December 2021 was another pretty nondescript month weather wise.

UK mean temperature of 5.3C was 1.1C higher than the 30-yr average.

Extremes included a top temperature of 16.5C, daily rainfall of 97.2mm at Honister Pass (yes, they still use this totally unrepresentative rain gauge), and gusts of 86 mph at Aberdaron.

Eighty years before was also a dull, mainly mild affair. Temperature reached 15.6C at Skegness.

While it was notably dry overall, there were severe gales in Scotland, with winds reaching 100 mph:

December 1951 was also dull and mild, with a top temperature of 15C. However the real story was the east/west split, with the latter very wet. Parts of Lancashire received more than twice the average rainfall.

Daily rainfall of well over 2 inches were commonplace and widespread on several days. Severe gales were frequent in Scotland, with a top gust of 94 kts (108 mph) recorded at Millport:


JANUARY 7, 2022