UK Summer Coolest in 13 Years

August 31, 2011; 8:33 AM ET
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The summer of 2011 has been the coolest in recent years across the UK as a whole.

According to the UK Met Office, the average UK temperature for June 1 through Aug. 15 was 57 degrees F, or 13.9 degrees C, making it the coolest summer in 13 years. Central England had its lowest summer average temperature, 59 degrees F (15 C), since 1993, the Met Office said.

"The average temperature for central England this summer has been just 15C - this sort of temperature is normally typical of September," Helen Waite, Met Office forecaster, said. "Generally speaking, you would expect to see temperatures of at least 17C for this time of year."

Data accessed by shows London having an average temperature of 16.9 degrees C (62.3 F), or 0.3 of a degree (0.6 F) above normal, during the period.

At the same time, near- to below-normal temperatures were experienced in northern England and Wales to Scotland and Northern Ireland. For example, Shawbury, in the West Midland of England, had a mean temperature of 14.7 degrees C (58.4 F), or 0.5 of a degree (0.9 F) below normal. For Aberdeen, Scotland, the average reading of 12.9 degrees C (55.2 F) was 0.3 of a degree (0.5 F) below normal.

Near-normal temperatures were indicated for Belfast, Northern Ireland, and St. Athan, near Cardiff, Wales.


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