Sunday, December 29, 2019

'Remarkable' high as Scottish temperature record is broken

They describe the meteorological conditions that are the immediate cause. It has happened before, because it has a name. But the occurrences of this condition in the past did not cause such a high overnight temperature.

Clea Skopeliti
Sun 29 Dec 2019 17.37 EST
Last modified on Sun 29 Dec 2019 19.10 EST

Northern Scotland registered a “remarkable” overnight temperature of 16.8C (62.2F) in the early hours of Sunday – a record high for this time of year.

North-eastern England and northern Wales were also unusually warm, with 13.3C recorded in Chillingham Barns, Northumberland, and 11.5C in Rhyl.

The Scottish figure, recorded by the Met Office at 3am on Sunday in Cassley in Sutherland, is the highest on record for 29, 30 or 31 December.


Alex Burkill, a meteorologist for the Met Office, said it was extremely rare to see such high temperatures overnight this late in the year.

“Getting temperatures of 16 or 17 degrees in December isn’t all that unusual but it’s remarkable that this was during the night,” he told the BBC.


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