This pattern of altered rainfall is set against a background of rising temperatures.Mean temperatures in April have shown marked increases, of up to 4%, with Julymean temperatures typically at or below the long term average.
Mean Temperatures differences against Long-term Average (0)
What does all this mean? Well, 6 years straight of warm dry, springs, followed bycooler, wetter summers does seem indicative of a trend. Even in 2012, when thepattern of dry Aprils was smashed by the wettest April on record, March replaced it asthe warm, dry Spring month. Statisticians and climatologists will take a longer view
before stating that there has been a permanent shift in England’s weather. However,
some of the normal variability does seem to have disappeared from our weatherpatterns. Before this 6-year period, you could count on pretty much any kind of weather at any time of year; there were huge fluctuations from year-to-year. Onesummer would be a heatwave, the next a washout. Now we seem to get the washout