Extremely dry with mild conditions in parts of the South, Southeast and West
Rainfall: wet in parts; extremely dry in some southerly and westerly areas
Rainfall was above average in parts of the West, Midlands, Northwest and North, reporting monthly percentage of Long-Term Average (LTA) values of up to 155% (Newport with 285.6 mm of precipitation). Elsewhere, below average rainfall was recorded, with stations in parts of the South, Southeast and in isolated areas along western coasts reporting LTA rainfall values of around 50%. Sherkin Island and Johnstown Castle reported 66.6 mm (51% of its LTA) and 43.5 mm (40% of its LTA), respectively, their driest December since 1991 (23 years). A few other stations in southern areas reported their driest December in six to 18 years. The month’s wettest day was on the 22nd at Newport with 38.9 mm, its wettest December day in 12 years and its wettest day since 2003.