Very mild February in Central England despite Buchan’s cold spell

Despite a relatively cold spell from the 5th to the 12th (fig 1), which almost coincided with Alexander Buchan’s first cold spell singularity, February ended up a very mild month, with a mean temperatures in Central England of 6.1°C, which was +2.34°C above the 1961-1990 long-term average. There was an all time maximum set on the 20th for 14.1°C, which was the warmest day in Central England since at least 1878, I did cause a bit of a stir on the day when the temperature reached 18.3°C at Northolt and Kew in London.

Figure 1 – Data courtesy of the Met Office

I make February 2017 was the joint 30th mildest since 1659 (fig 2) in the CET data that I download from the Met Office, hopefully this month I’ve downloaded the latest finalised data unlike last month!

Figure 2 – Data courtesy of the Met Office

Because so many recent February’s have been mild in recent years, February 2017 was only the mildest since 2014 (fig 3), cold February’s these days, are getting few and far between I’m afraid.

Figure 3 – Data courtesy of the Met Office