Weather Averages for 2010

The table below compares the temperatures and rainfall experienced in Great Bealings, Suffolk, with the averages from 1971-2000 for RAF Wattisham (about 13 miles East of Bealings). The Wattisham data is taken from the Met Office website.

 
Average Max Temp
2010 Average Max Temp
Difference
Average Min Temp
2010 Average Min Temp
Difference
Average Rainfall
2010 Rainfall
Difference
Days of Rainfall >= 1mm
Days of Rainfall >= 1mm in 2010
Difference
Days with Air Frost
Days with Air Frost in 2010
Difference
Month
[deg C]
[deg C]
[deg C]
[deg C]
[deg C]
[deg C]
[mm]
[mm]
[mm]
[days]
[days]
[days]
[days]
[days]
[days]
Jan
6.3 3.4 -2.9 0.7 -1.3 -2.0 49.5 39.2 -10.3 11.0 12 +1.0 11.5 17 +5.5
Feb 6.6 5.7 -0.9 0.7 -0.5 -1.2 35.1 80.8 +45.8 8.5 14 +5.5 11.1 17 +5.9
Mar
9.5 11.2 +1.7 2.3 1.4 -0.9 42.5 19.1 -23.4 10.6 4 -6.6 6.4 12 +5.6
Apr
11.9 16.4 +4.5 3.7 2.8 -0.9 41.2 5.8 -35.4 8.7 2 -6.7 3.8 5 +1.2
May
15.8 18.5 +2.7 6.8 5.0 -1.8 43.7 17.7 -26.0 8.2 5 -3.2 0.5 2 +1.5
Jun
18.7 24.1 +5.4 9.5 9.8 +0.3 52.2 19.4 -32.8 8.7 5 -3.7 0.0 0  
Jul
21.4 26.8 +5.4 11.8 13.5 +1.7 42.4 54.2 +11.8 7.8 6 -1.8 0.0 0  
Aug
21.6 22.1 +0.5 11.9 12.2 +0.3 47.1 111.5 +64.4 7.3 10 +2.7 0.0 0  
Sep
18.3 19.5 +1.2 9.9 9.8 -0.1 55.1 56.9 +1.8 8.6 10 +1.4 0.0 0  
Oct
13.9 15.0 +1.1 7.2 6.7 -0.5 57.2 32.4 -24.8 9.0 7 -2.0 0.4 4 +3.6
Nov
9.3 8.3 -1.0 3.5 2.4 -1.1 55.6 44.0 -11.6 10.4 8 -2.4 5.4 9 +3.6
Dec
7.1 2.7 -4.4 1.9 -2.4 -4.3 52.1 17.0 -35.1 10.6 7 -3.6 9.0 24 +15
Year
13.4 14.5 +0.9 5.9 5.0 -0.9 573.7 498.0 -75.7 109.4 90 -19.4 48.1 90 +41.9

Temperatures in 2010

This is how the temperature varied in 2010:

Temperatures in 2009

Monthly Minima, Maxima and Averages for 2010

Month
Temperature
Pressure
Humidity
Gust
Average Wind
Min
Max
Ave
Min
Max
Ave
Min
Max
Ave
Max
Ave
Max
Ave
Jan
-9.3
7.4
1.1
987
1041
1014
39
98
79
19
1.9
12
1.2
Feb
-5.1
10.9
2.5
978
1023
1002
29
98
72
24
3.7
15
2.5
Mar
-5.2
16.4
6.1
982
1034
1015
19
98
55
22
4.4
13
3.0
Apr
-3.1
25.1
8.8
998
1034
1018
15
87
47
19
3.5
13
2.3
May
-2.2
30.8
11.0
1004
1031
1016
13
90
47
21
2.7
12
1.6
Jun
3.6
32.5
16.2
999
1028
1017
13
98
47
16
1.9
9
1.0
Jul
8.4
35.0
19.5
998
1025
1014
11
98
45
21
3.2
11
1.9
Aug
7.5
27.3
16.5
993
1026
1012
20
98
57
24
3.3
13
2.1
Sep
3.9
24.0
14.0
999
1026
1014
20
98
62
21
2.9
13
1.8
Oct
-1.1
18.6
10.6
994
1029
1012
25
98
68
19
3.0
10
1.8
Nov
-4.9
18.4
5.4
969
1022
1004
35
98
72
21
3.0
13
1.9
Dec
-11.8
7.9
0.4
991
1036
1013
34
98
73
16
2.1
10
1.3
2010
-11.8
35.0
9.4
969
1041
1013
11
98
60
24
2.9
15
1.9

Weather Commentary

Month

Commentary

January 2010 January was cold. It was the coldest month I've ever recorded (since 2004) and the coldest since 1987. It also brought the coldest temperature I've ever recorded, at -9.3°C. There was considerable snow, especially around the 7th/8th, making many roads either impassable or very difficult. I also know to my cost that there was a cold snap on the 26th, since I hit a sheet of ice on a B road at 5pm and fell off my motorbike. The other significant feature was how little the temperature varied in the middle of the month - it was quite common for the daily high to be within 1°C of the daily low. This tended to be accompanied by dull, overcast and damp conditions.
February 2010 February was cold, wet and snowy. It was the third coldest full month I've recorded - beaten by January 2009 and 2010. A fair amount of snow fell and stayed on the ground in the early part of the month. This was then overtaken by rain in the latter half of the month. Overall there was more than twice the normal precipitation - 20mm of it in one day on the 28th. The latter half of the month was also distinguished with low pressure - the average daily pressure remaining below 1000 mBar for the second half of the month.
March 2010 A classic month of two halves. In the first half of the month the maximum temperature only exceeded the average maximum once, and in the second half it only fell below it once. Despite the lack of rainfall (the early part of the month saw a drought, by my definition) the first half felt generally cold and miserable. Spring is supposed to start at the beginning of March, but it seemed to wait until half way through this year. The second half saw some quite pleasant days - sunny and warm - although all of the significant rain fell in the second half of the month.
April 2010 In this part of the country, April was most notable for the continuation of the dry spell from March. In total there was only 5.8 mm of rain, and on only 2 days did the rain exceed 1 mm, giving us a drought lasting 23 days - which was only broken by rain of 1.4 mm - hardly damping the ground. April was also notable for clear skies, leading to hot days and cold nights, the 29th being the hottest April day I've recorded.
May 2010 Another dry month, starting pretty cold and then ending warm, with something of a heatwave in the penultimate week. The month saw the coldest May night I've recorded as well as the hottest day. It was the driest May I've recorded, and continued the dry spell that started in March. Since March, we've only had about 1/3rd of the rain we'd normally expect.
June 2010 June was pretty much dry and hot, and continued the dry spell starting in March. Taken over a 15 day period we have had below average rainfall for the last 111 days - the longest spell of that kind that I've recorded. The pond is running out of water, the grass is yellow and the plants are wilting. The end of the month saw a number of peak temperatures of over 30°C, pretty hot for around here.
July 2010 Despite having slightly above average rainfall, the main features of July 2010 were that it was dry and hot. About 70% of the month's rainfall fell on just 2 days as summer storms - without those we'd have only recorded about 17 mm of rain, as opposed to 54 mm. The storm broke the run of "below average rainfall for 15 days" setting a record for this type of dry spell at 132 days. It was the second hottest month I've recorded, and set a new highest temperature for me at 35°C.
August 2010 August felt wet and cold. Wet it certainly was - with well over twice the normal rainfall for the region. The figures show it was on the low end of the Augusts that I have recorded, but certainly not really cold. The unusual feature of the month was the rain that fell between the 25th and the 27th - 57.3mm, or over 2" in old money. The 26th was the wettest day I've ever recorded, with rainfall of 38.5mm.
September 2010 A pretty average month, all in all. It didn't feel particularly hot or cold, although it became apparent winter was coming - we had to turn our heating on for the first time at the end of the month. There were some pretty wet spells, but overall the total rainfall was typical for a September.
October 2010 Some cold nights - 4 slight frosts, which is unusual for October. It was also quite dry, with a long dry spell in the middle of the month. Not much more to say, really...
November 2010 The month started warm and wet - the temperature reached 18.4°C on the 4th, and we had 39 mm of rain in the first half of the month - almost a complete month's worth. However, the second half of the month was a complete contrast. A very cold snap set in, and for the last 5 days of the month, the daytime maximum temperature was lower than the normal nighttime minimum. 2 days were very nearly "ice days", where the maximum never gets over zero. We had substantial snow falls too - unusual in the extreme for November.
December 2010 Cold, cold, cold. The coldest month I've ever recorded, and about 4°C below the norm. It produced the coldest temperature I've recorded at -11.8°C on the morning of the 20th. The daily maximum only got above the long-term expected maximum on a single day. There was lots of snow, particularly at the start of the month. Despite that, it was statistically dry, with very little actual rain - most was either snow or heavy mist. We had continuous fog for 2 or 3 days around the 23rd/24th.