February 2020 wettest on record in 6 out of 10 regions

As you can see February 2020 was the wettest on record across six of the ten regional areas, the central slice if you like, of the UK, in the extended gridded monthly values that commence in 1862. The three southern areas of England and Wales and Northern Scotland, although wet didn’t break their existing extreme record for precipitation. Having said that anomalies in this wetter slice, particularly in northwest England and Wales, were pretty massive at between 240 and 366 percent of the 1981-2010 long-term average. Of course if all the regional gridded data is added up you end up with a kind of mythical “UK” total for the month which was the wettest on record. The linear trend for the entire series remains pretty flat for February, which although it may sound hard to believe after this February, can be one of the driest and most anticyclonic months of the year.

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