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Rainfall and Temperature at Acton Bridge

Page updated 2. November 2017

This page carries a chart of monthly rainfall and average temperature during the year to date, the current year's commentary, and data for recent years at the Acton Bridge weather station. Actual rainfall is from a 5 inch gauge, whereas the temperature record is from the Davis VP2. Rainfall reference values are the averages of Shawbury and Manchester (Woodford) Met Office stations for the 30 year period 1981 to 2010; and our own records, from 2009 to 2016.

Here are links to the previous years' charts, and to a page of numerical statistics recording monthly mean, maximum and minimum temperatures, and rainfall at Acton Bridge from 2008 to present.

2008 Chart Page ; 2009 Chart Page ; 2010 Chart Page ; 2011 Chart Page; 2012 Chart Page with four year summary graphs;
Monthly Statistics Page ; Graphics Weather Page ; Summary Weather Page
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2017 Monthly Rainfall and Temperature Chart

2017 Commentary

October was another wet month, but much milder than average at 12.3°C, nearly 2° above our norm. About half the night-time minima remained in double figures, and there was only one, very mild, frost, on the 30th. Rainfall of 95mm was 19% up, the fifth consecutive "wet" month, with about 19mm recorded on the 4th and the 19th.

September was again slightly cooler than average (by 0.5°C) and extremely wet (141mm, more than double our norm). This was our wettest recorded month since October 2013, and our wettest September since 2012. There were six days with double-digit rainfall, and peak rain rates of around 80mm/hr on the 10th and 13th.

August was slightly cooler (by 0.5°C, the first month this year to be so) and wetter than average (92mm compared to 76mm). There was a heavy downpour of 29mm on the 8th with a peak rain rate over 100mm/hr ; in contrast, the last ten days of the month were very dry.

July was about average for temperature at 16.4°C, and for rainfall, at 80.6mm. The first half of the month was generally very dry, at 20mm, even with a downpour on the 10th/11th; the second half was much wetter, with three significant rain events. It was yet another month at least as warm as our average.

June was warm and wet, at 15.9°C some 1.5° above our average, and the rainfall of 83mm was 15% above the norm. There were only two days with double-digit rain (in mm), the higher being of 24mm on the 10th. So far this year every month has been warmer than, or as warm as, our eight-year average.

May was warm and very dry, averaging 13.4°C, 1.3° above the norm, and with only 35mm of rainfall, mostly in the second half. We recorded no rain at all for ten days from the 2nd to the 11th, and for six consecutive days later in the month. There was no frost.

April was exactly on the average for temperature, but very dry. The mean temperature was 9.2°C, with only one, very slight, frost. Rainfall of 25.6mm was just half our April average, and over half of this fell on the 14th and 16th, the first two weeks being almost rain-free.

March was mild and very wet. The mean temperature of 8.3°C was 1.5° above average, with only one frost, and three remarkably mild minima in double figures. Rainfall of 95mm was 77% above average, most of it falling in the first and third weeks.

February's weather was dominated by Storm Doris, which swept through on 23rd. We recorded a gust of 56.5 knots (say 65 mph), bringing down a large pear tree which had stood for a century. Until the last week of the month it had been mild, with barely a frost, and very dry, but the remainder was wet and very blustery, though still mild. The temperature of 6.3°C was 1.6° above average, and the rainfall 14% higher.

January 2017 was about average for temperature and rainfall, though very windy at times, with a gust of 41.7 knots (say 48MPH) on the 11th.


2016 Chart, to December

2016 Commentary

December 2016 was very mild, nearly 3° above average, and rather dry, though there was a torrential downpour on the 23rd with a rain rate of 206mm per hour, and wind gusts of 32 knots, as the southern margin of Storm Barbara swept through. Christmas Day was exceptionally balmy, with an average of 11.3°C - compare this with Christmas Day 2010, when the average was minus 9.8°C.

November was very cold and very wet, the mean temperature of 4.9°C being two degrees below our long-term average, and with 113mm of rain some 24% above the norm. It was the first "cold" month since April, and almost the coldest November in our 9-year record. The temperature only just got above freezing on the 26th, and the later part of the month was also virtually windless on several days.

October recorded a normal temperature, but was very dry, with barely a third of average rainfall, making it the driest October in our nine-year record. It was exceptionally dry in the first half, with only 5mm of rain by the 15th. There were a few wet days after that, but little more than dew for the rest of the month, and no frost.

September was mild at 15.7°C (2°C above average) and a little below average for rainfall, despite an exceptionally heavy downpour on the 25th, with a rain rate briefly exceeding 150mm/hour. Twelve days enjoyed maxima of 20°C or above, while the night of the 6th had a minimum of 19°C.

August was slightly mild and dry, the mean temperature being about a degree above average, and the rainfall some 20% lower, despite there being only 18 days without significant precipitation.

July was slightly mild (0.6° above average) and rather dry at 62mm, 73% of our long-term mean. However, two thirds of the rain fell in the first half (despite a downpour on the 28th), which was also rather cool. The hottest day of the year so far was the 19th with 30.7°C.

June was mild (1.1° above average) and very wet at 117mm, 79% above our long-term mean. 32mm fell on the 14th and there were several other heavy downpours. June completed a very wet first half of the year, with 537mm, 48% above our long term average.

May was slightly milder than average (12.6°C compared with 12.1°C, with a max of 25°C on the 8th) and no frost. It was rather dry (48.9mm compared with 72mm) with only one day in double figures of millimetres.

April was cool and very wet, 88.5mm of rain being 42% above our average, though there was a completely dry week from the 17th. Mean temperature at 7.5°C was 1.6° below average, and there were two mild frosts.

March was cool and wet; almost all the 83.7mm of rain fell in the first and last weeks, with a completely dry fortnight in between. Mean temperature at 5.9°C was a degree below average, and rainfall well above. There were a few mild frosts, the minimum being -3.3°C on the 8th.

February started very mild (and very wet), but settled towards the average later, so that the mean temperature of 4.7°C matched our long-term figure, and there were several frosts (-4.4°C on the 24th). Rainfall of 70mm was 27% above average, but half of this fell in the first week.

January 2016 was another mild and very wet month, our mean temperature of 5.7°C being 1.6° above average, and there was only one significant frost (-3.3°C on the 16th). Rainfall of 128mm was 63% up.


The Charts above and below show temperatures (red) at Acton Bridge each month during the current year-to-date and the previous year (2015), compared with our own 6-year 2009-2014 averages (green); and monthly rainfall at Acton Bridge (dark blue), compared with our own 6-year 2009-2014 rainfall readings (mauve) and the Met Office 30-year 1981-2010 averages for Shawbury and Manchester (light blue). Our own 5-year temperature readings are so similar to the MetOffice ones that the latter have been omitted for clarity.

2015 Chart, to December

2015 Commentary

December 2015 was extraordinarily mild, especially in the first half, and quite wet, though Acton bridge escaped the serious flooding elsewhere in the North West of England. The whole-month average of 9.4°C was (probably without precedent) a full six degrees above the norm, and there was no frost to speak of. Five nights had double-figure Celsius minima. It was windy, with a gust of 44.3 knots (51 mph) on the 30th which felled one of our old pear trees.

November 2015 was exceptionally mild in the first half, averaging 12°C at times, and very wet. The whole-month average of 9.2°C was (most unusually) a full two degrees above the norm, the first month this year to be warmer than our average, and there were mild frosts in the third week. A very high rain rate of 96mm per hour was recorded at 5pm on Sunday 8th. Double figures of millimetres of rain fell on five days, and there were only a few days without some rain. It was windy, with a gust of 43.5 knots (50 mph) on the 29th.

October 2015 was about average for temperature and relatively dry. At 10.7°C the mean temperature was just 0.2° above our six-year figure, the first "warmer" month since January, with some mild nights and no frost. The 47.3mm of rainfall recorded, in what is usually our wettest month, was 41% down, and (as in September) there was only one day (the 21st) making double figures.

September 2015 was cool and dry. At 12.4°C the mean temperature was 1.3° below our six-year average, and the 40.6mm of rainfall recorded was 37% down, only one day (the 12th) making double figures. This is the eighth month in a row which has been either cooler, or no warmer, than average.

August 2015 was a close match to our long-term average, again owing to mild nights with little diurnal variation and a maximum of 24.7°C, but (yet again) the perception will have been of a dull and damp month. We had 18 "rain days" of greater than 0.2mm, though only two reached double figures of millimetres of rainfall, most impressively on the 14th, with 20.6mm recorded,

July 2015 was cooler than average, and wetter. There was no frost. The perception was of a dull and cold month, with a lot of rain, but in fact the average temperature was only 0.6°C below normal, perhaps owing to mild nights with little diurnal variation. Much of the rainfall was in only two periods, especially the 5th and the 29th, the only days to reach double figures of millimetres, and continues the pattern of alternate wet and dry months. In contrast to 2014, and with the exception of January, no month this year has been warmer than our average. Note that this month's and subsequent charts include 2014 Acton Bridge rainfall data in the mauve (middle) six-year average columns.

June 2015 was cool to start with but a last-week heat-wave restored the average temperature to our expected norm at 14.3°C. There was no frost. Rainfall was generally low, the exception being a heavy downpour on the first of the month, the only day to reach double figures of millimetres.

May 2015 was cool and very wet, with little sunshine. The average was 10.8°C, more than a degree below our norm, though there was only one very mild frost. Although there were many dry days, heavy rain fell in four principal events spaced through the month, adding up to 92mm, 44% above our normal May.

April 2015 was average for temperature, sunny, and very dry, 21 days each having no more than 0.2 mm (a light overnight dew, if that). Only the first and last few days produced significant rainfall. There were three mild frosts, partly because it was also quite windy.

March 2015 was cool and very wet, though the majority of the rain fell in the second half, especially during the last week, with 57mm in five days. The mean temperature of 6.0°C was 0.8° below average, and the rainfall of 82.6mm more than double our 2008 to 2013 March averages (usually our driest month). It was another breezy month, with a gust of 47 knots (54mph) on the 31st.

February 2015 was about average for temperature overall, though cold at the start and relatively mild at the end ; and rather dry, particularly the first half of the month, in which we recorded only 3mm of rain. There were only slight frosts. It was also quite windy (though less so than January), with gust of 34 knots (39mph) on the 24th.

January 2015 was mild, and quite wet, 36% above our average at 90mm and there was some precipitation almost every day. Snow fell on two occasions but only lay for a day or so. The early part of the month was at least two degrees above normal, though this settled back to a chilly end, making a mean of 4.6°C, which is 0.5° up. There were frequent but only slight frosts. It was also windy, with gust of 48 knots (55mph) on the 28th.


2014 Chart to December

The Chart above shows temperatures (red) at Acton Bridge each month during the current year (2014), compared with our own 5-year 2009-2013 averages (green); and monthly rainfall at Acton Bridge (dark blue), compared with our own 5-year 2009-2013 rainfall readings (mauve) and the Met Office 30-year 1981-2010 averages for Shawbury and Manchester (light blue). Our own 5-year temperature readings are so similar to the MetOffice ones that the latter have been omitted for clarity.

2014 Commentary

December 2014 was again a very mild month, its mean of 5.2°C being 1.8° above the average. It was also quite wet, with 109mm of rain, 14% above our average for December. Although there were 8 nights with frost (the lowest at -3.3°C) there were also some remarkably high minima, for example 11.9°C on the 22nd. There were some strong winds, including a gust of 40 knots (46mph) on the 10th. The year 2014 overall was 0.9° warmer than average (only August being cooler) and 5% wetter than our five-year mean.

November 2014 was yet another month milder (by 0.9°C) than the long-term average, particularly in the early part. There was no frost. Rainfall was below average, though there were relatively few entirely dry days. It was typically autumnal, foggy and dull, though there were some windy days, with a gust of 35 knots (40mph) on the 13th.

October 2014 was again mild, at 11.8°C, more than a degree above the mean, and about average for rainfall, though only seven days recorded 0.2mm or less, so it felt cloudy and damp. There was no frost, but there were strong winds, especially on the 21st with a gust of 43.5 knots (~50mph, ~80kph).

September 2014 was mild at 14.4°C (0.7°C above average), and, as the chart above shows, extraordinarily dry, with only 10.1mm of rain. This was by far the lowest we've measured for any month, and records were set throughout the UK. The temperature profile was characterised by mild nights, eleven in double figures, with the coolest being 5.1°C. After the 2nd, we had a run of 16 days with no rain at all, then a short showery period with 7.2mm over two days. There were only seven "rain" days (over 0.2mm) in the month, whereas August had just the same number of "rain-free" days.

August 2014 was cool, at 14.7°C, more than a degree below the mean (the first month below average since December 2013), and extremely wet. It was cloudy for much of the month, and there were several significant downpours, with 20mm on the 1st and a full inch (25mm) on the 10th leading to a total of 125mm, 80% above the norm. There were only seven rain-free days.

July was very warm, some 1.7°C above the mean, and relatively dry, only half the days having any precipitation. After a rain storm of 17.2mm on the 19th, there was only a further 1mm in the month, leading to parched lawns. The high mean temperature of 17.7°C, the second highest in our seven-year log (after July 2013) was largely attributable to very mild nights, only five having single-figure minima. This was the eighth consecutive month (including December 2013) which has been warmer than our average.

June was mild and slightly dry overall, though the rainfall was concentrated around the 7th and the 27th, only one millimetre being recorded between the 16th and 26th. The mean temperature of 15.4°C was one degree above average, and the rainfall about 80% of our norm.

May was just above average for temperature at 12.6°C, but very wet, with 93mm of rainfall, 46% above our five-year mean and 69% above the Met Office 30-year 1981-2010 averages for Shawbury and Manchester. Although there were many dry days, there were prolonged and sometimes heavy storms from the 8th and the 22nd. There was no frost. This is the sixth consecutive month which has been warmer than our average.

April was slightly mild, with the mean temperature of 10.4°C being 1.4° above our long-term average, and rainfall of 49mm typical for the month. Unusually for April, there was no frost, and less than 1mm of rain was recorded between the 9th and the 21st.

March was a "normal" month in Acton Bridge, with the mean temperature of 7.2°C and rainfall of 54mm typical for the month. Six nights recorded a mild frost, the lowest being -2.6°C on the 11th (the coldest of the year to date) ; the high point was 19.5°C on the 30th. There were further strong winds, with a gust of 35 knots on the 18th bringing down another of our trees.

February was mild, especially during the second half, and very wet, though nowhere near the levels of January. The mean temperature of 6.1°C was 1.4°C above average, and rainfall at 84mm some 58% above our norm. The temperature was remarkably even, with only a trivial frost of -0.1°C on the 10th, and a max of 12.3°C on the 23rd (when the overnight minimum was a balmy 7.9°C). It was very windy, with a gust of 47 knots (54 mph, 86kmh) on the 12th felling three trees in our orchard, and leaving much of the village without electricity for several hours.

Our meteorological "Winter" (Dec-Feb) recorded only six, very mild, frosts, with a quarter minimum of -1.6°C. This is very different from the harsh winters of 2009-10 and 2010-11 (see our statistics page).

January 2014 was mild, and exceptionally wet. The early part of the month was at least two degrees above normal, though this settled back to a mean of 5.4°C, which is 1.2° up. There were only three, very slight, frosts. Our rainfall of 133.5mm was our wettest recorded January ever, almost exactly twice our 5-year average, and there was only one day with no rain at all. We had a significant thunderstorm on the 25th, with heavy, driving hail; and it was also windy. Several parts of the UK broke rainfall records, and suffered extensive and prolonged flooding.


2013 Chart

The Chart above shows temperatures (red) at Acton Bridge each month during 2013, compared with our own 5-year 2008-2012 averages (green); and monthly rainfall at Acton Bridge (dark blue), compared with our own 5-year 2008-2012 rainfall readings (mauve) and the Met Office 30-year 1981-2010 averages for Shawbury and Manchester (light blue). Our own 5-year temperature readings are so similar to the MetOffice ones that the latter have been omitted for clarity.

2013 Commentary

December 2013 was very mild - the mean temperature of 6.5°C was 3.1 degrees above our five-year average, and warmer than November. Rainfall at 69mm was well below our mean, though most of this fell towards the end of the month, when it was also very windy. There were only two nights with frost, neither severe.

November 2013 was cold, and about average for rainfall. The mean temperature of 6.1°C was 1 degree below average, and rain at 69mm was just slightly below the Met Office 5-year average, but only 70% of our last five years' mean for the month. The last week was almost completely dry, and there were four nights with an air frost.

October 2013 was mild, and exceptionally wet at 158mm, 61% above our average (and October is our wettest month). The first half of the month was some three degrees warmer than average, with several double-figure night-time minima, though more normal later, which brought the mean to 12.0°C, 1.5° above the long-term figure. There was no frost. Apart from the second week or so, rainfall was consistently high, and there were several severe downpours. It was also quite windy, though Cheshire escaped the damaging "St Jude" storm of the 27th-28th in the south of England and Wales.

September 2013 was slightly cool and dry, with an average temperature of 13.3°C, 0.4°C below the 30-year norm, and rainfall of 55mm, 15% below average. The first and third weeks were quite warm (max 25°C on the 4th, 23°C on the 22nd), while most of the rain fell in the middle of the month.

August 2013 was comparatively warm and dry, with an average temperature of 16.6°C, 0.7°C above the 30-year norm, and rainfall of 53mm, 67% of the average.

July 2013 was the first month since March 2012 to be significantly warmer than average, by some 2.5 degrees. It was hot (30.1°C on the 18th) and exceptionally dry until the last few days, when the drought broke on the 27th with over 30mm of rain overnight, and thunderstorms on the 29th produced a rate of 120mm/h at Acton Bridge. The final rainfall of 69mm was still only 70% of our local average for July.

June 2013 was the first month this year to be "normal" for temperature and rainfall, though it was not consistent. The first half was very dry, and the rain in the second half came in three defined bursts each a week apart. The mean temperature of 14.1°C was fractionally below our own 5-year average of 14.4°C and the Met Office average of 14.3°C; and rainfall at 66mm was below our norm but above the MetOffice one. The first half of 2013 has been 1.7°C cooler than our mean, and 9% wetter.

May 2013 was cool, yet again, and wet. In fact, we have not recorded any month significantly warmer than average since March 2012. The mean temperature of 10.5°C was a full degree colder than the Met Office average, and rainfall at 81% was 47% above the norm. The Met Office announced that these three months had been the coldest "spring" for 50 years. Over an inch of rain was recorded on the 15th and there was another downpour on the 28th, but there were also many dry days.

April 2013 was cool and extremely dry, probably the driest month in our five year record. The first part of the month was very cold, with frost every night for the first week, and the temperature only approached the seasonal average towards the end. Rainfall was negligible for the first ten days, and only a few showers arrived later with the total under 18mm, about a third of the norm.

March 2013 was exceptionally cold and overall very wet, though the last week was dry. There was only one day (5th) which achieved a double-figure Celsius temperature, while the mean was 2.6°C, nearly four degrees below average and much colder than either February or January, and there were 19 nights with frost, including several hard frosts. Snow fell heavily during the third week of the month.

February 2013 was cold and slightly wet. The first half of the month was mild and very wet, exceeding the long-term average by the 13th. However, apart from some dew, the second half of February was completely without precipitation, and cold, leading to an overall average temperature of 3.3°C, a full degree below the average.

January 2013 was cool and wet. The average temperature of 3.6°C was 0.7 degrees below the long-term average, with a chilly fortnight from about the 13th to the 26th, though the beginning and end of the month were mild. Rainfall at 82.2 mm was 28% above normal, some of it falling as snow.

Here are links to the previous years' charts, and to a page of numerical statistics recording monthly mean, maximum and minimum temperatures, and rainfall at Acton Bridge from 2008 to present.

New - five-year temperature variation chart page compares each month with the Acton Bridge 2008-2012 average

2008 Chart Page ; 2009 Chart Page ; 2010 Chart Page ; 2011 Chart Page; 2012 Chart Page with four year summary graphs;
Monthly Statistics Page ; Graphics Weather Page ; Summary Weather Page
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