Weather Averages for 2013

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
2013 Average Max Temp
Difference
Average Min Temp
2013 Average Min Temp
Difference
Average Rainfall
2013 Rainfall
Difference
Days of Rainfall >= 1mm
Days of Rainfall >= 1mm in 2013
Difference
Days with Air Frost
Days with Air Frost in 2013
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 5.6 -0.7 0.7 0.7 0.0 49.5 42.0 -7.5 11.0 12 +1.0 11.5 17 +5.5
Feb 6.6 5.1 -1.5 0.7 0.3 -0.4 35.1 33.2 -1.9 8.5 9 +0.5 11.1 12 +0.9
Mar
9.5 5.8 -3.7 2.3 0.0 -2.3 42.5 36.4 -6.1 10.6 10 -0.6 6.4 19 +12.6
Apr
11.9 12.6 +0.7 3.7 3.0 -0.7 41.2 23.4 -17.8 8.7 8 -0.7 3.8 8 +4.2
May
15.8 15.6 -0.2 6.8 5.8 -1.0 43.7 43.8 +0.1 8.2 8 -0.2 0.5 0 -0.5
Jun
18.7 18.7 0.0 9.5 9.1 -0.4 52.2 26.8 -25.4 8.7 6 -2.7 0.0 0 0
Jul
21.4 24.3 +2.9 11.8 12.3 +0.5 42.4 19.2 -23.2 7.8 5 -2.8 0.0 0 0
Aug
21.6 23.4 +1.8 11.9 13.1 +1.2 47.1 28.8 -18.3 7.3 6 -1.3 0.0 0 0
Sep
18.3 18.5 +0.2 9.9 9.4 -0.5 55.1 34.6 -20.5 8.6 9 +0.4 0.0 0 0
Oct
13.9 15.6 +1.7 7.2 9.0 +1.8 57.2 75.6 +18.4 9.0 15 +6.0 0.4 0 -0.4
Nov
9.3 9.3 0.0 3.5 3.3 -0.2 55.6 51.0 -4.6 10.4 12 +1.6 5.4 4 -1.4
Dec
7.1 8.7 +1.6 1.9 3.1 +1.2 52.1 70.6 +18.5 10.6 15 +4.4 9.0 4 -5.0
YTD
                             
Year
13.4 13.7 +0.3 5.9 5.8 -0.1 573.7 485.4 -88.3 109.4 115 +5.6 48.1 64 +15.9

Temperatures in 2013

This is how the temperature varied in 2013:

Temperatures in 2009

Monthly Minima, Maxima and Averages for 2013

Month
Temperature
Pressure
Humidity
Gust
Average Wind
Min
Max
Ave
Min
Max
Ave
Min
Max
Ave
Max
Ave
Max
Ave
Jan
-9.3
12.7
3.2
991
1036
1013
62
100
91
30
3.8
18
1.9
Feb
-3.9
9.8
2.6
990
1035
1017
56
99
87
27
5.3
19
3.0
Mar
-2.7
13.2
2.6
988
1030
1009
51
99
86
24
4.5
15
2.6
Apr
-6.2
22.7
7.6
993
1035
1015
34
99
79
27
5.7
17
3.3
May
0.4
21.7
10.5
989
1027
1011
29
99
80
26
5.0
16
2.8
Jun
1.7
26.3
13.7
1003
1033
1018
41
99
82
22
4.0
13
2.1
Jul
7.8
29.8
17.7
1000
1034
1020
37
98
80
20
2.3
11
1.1
Aug
7.9
29.3
17.7
1005
1028
1017
39
100
78
20
3.3
11
1.8
Sep
4.9
29.6
13.7
994
1029
1015
47
99
86
24
3.3
15
1.8
Oct
3.3
20.3
12.3
977
1026
1011
62
99
90
40
5.2
24
2.8
Nov
-2.2
14.1
6.3
982
1039
1016
64
99
92
25
4.4
15
2.4
Dec
-1.6
11.6
6.1
976
1035
1014
61
99
91
38
6.3
23
3.7
2013
-9.3
29.8
9.6
976
1039
1015
29
100
85
40
4.4
24
2.4

Weather Commentary

Month

Commentary

January 2013 Summary: started warm, got cold, ended warm. Cold was pretty cold - we had a fair snowfall which left enough lying on the ground on January 21st that many schools, etc., were closed. Colchester Institute was one of those. 16 Jan was an "ice day" - the temperature remained below freezing all day, and the 20th was close to being one too. My rainfall figures are affected by the fact that quite a bit of the precipitation was snow, which just collects in the funnel and only appears as "rain" when it melts.
February 2013 The first thing that happened in February was that I replaced the computer I use to run my weather site. My previous one had been a Thinkpad T22 and it kept giving disk errors. The disk was also very slow, and since it only had 256M of memory it sometimes paged, causing all progress to grind to a halt. I bought a little Asus netbook for under £200. It's got a gig of memory, so everything works much better. The only problem with it was I couldn't get the line-in sound input to work and had to get a cheap USB sound card. It's Windows 7 Starter, so the way I normally used to monitor it with Windows Remote Desktop won't work, so I use VNC. Despite the larger memory, it seems to slowly use up the Gig and start paging, so I reboot twice a week. Other than that, all is OK.

Anyway - on to the weather. The month started with higher than average precipitation, much of it snow. It ended with a long spell of high pressure, which gave fairly still, dry, cold weather. A feature was how little the temperature varied between day and night - often only a degree or so. During this period the only precipitation was dustings of light snow, so everything is now fairly dry.
March 2013 Brrr. By some margin the coldest March I've recorded, and the average was almost 5°C colder than last year. Very little rain, because most of it was snow... The 11th was very nearly an ice day - the maximum temperature was just 0.2°C. We had snow lying on the ground for much of the last week. Farmers are struggling because of the need to keep lambs warm, and the daffodils are still not really out. What a difference a year makes.
April 2013 Started as March left off - cold. However, by the middle of the month the sun began to shine, the wind moved away from the East and it became significantly warmer. There were a number of very pleasant sunny spring days. The cold start still meant it was still almost my coldest recorded April - 0.1°C warmer than last year. It was also dry, and we're now into another dry spell in Spring.
May 2013 Not as extreme as March, but still the coldest May I've recorded. The statistics show that this was mostly due to colder than normal nights. However, the daytime temperatures were rarely balmy. We still have the heating on and I still have the liners in my motorcycle suit. The cold weather has also seriously affected the amount of heating oil we've used - about 400L more this spring than in 2012 - or about £240 worth!
June 2013 Forgot to do my notes at the time, so just commenting that it was a little cool and generally dry.
July 2013 Much talk about a heatwave in the press this month. For me, the end of the month was sunny, generally dry and hot, but nothing to rival 2010 and definitely not 2006. So - warm, but not a heatwave. It did get very dry during the middle of the month and we had a mini drought.
August 2013 The month continued the warm and dry spell started in July. The last three months have been significantly dry, although the farmers are generally pleased since it has allowed a good harvest of grain.
September 2013 Started very warm - a new record hottest daytime temperature for a September. The end felt very "Indian summer"-ish - dry, sunny and pleasant outside. The run of dry months has continued, and we've had only about 2/3 our expected rain for the year so far.
October 2013 October was notable for two things: being warmish and dampish, and the storm that occurred at around 8 a.m. on the 28th. This was widely forecast, and in the event caused little damage in our area. I recorded an absolute maximum gust speed of 47 mph and an average speed of 30 mph for the period - this would equate to something like Force 7, "near gale" in the Beaufort scale. There were one or two trees down in the area, but no significant damage. We lost power at 8:03 am, and in a display of colossal incompetence, it took UK Power Networks until 10:23 am on the 30th to reconnect us. They had sent a text saying we would be connected at 9 pm the previous evening, but nothing happened. When I eventually got through to their call centre at 11:20 pm, having waited 20 minutes in a queue, they clearly had no idea of where faults existed and what areas had to be isolated. They told me that my loss of power was caused by a large tree down 400 metres from my house (wrong - there was a tree down, but it had damaged BT cable, not power) or that it was caused by a problem in Newbourne, about 5 miles away. The only good things were that none of the fishes died from the cold, and the data logger on my weather station behaved almost impeccably - I lost only a few hours' data.
November 2013 Statistically, November 2013 was just drier than average. However, the perception was that it was wetter. This was caused by a lot of days where it drizzled and a large period at the end of the month where it was misty, bordering on foggy. That was partly caused by the end of the month having a week or so of comparatively high pressure - up around 1036 mBar.
December 2013 Bit like October, really - warmish, dampish and windy. It was the wind that was most memorable - there were frequent Met Office storm warnings and a number of properties lost power again - fortunately we had no problems. Not much in the way of frost, and night-time temperatures were surprisngly comfortable.