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Warmest February since records began in England and Wales

Last month was the warmest February in England and Wales since records began in 1884, the Met Office has said.

The mean temperature across the whole of the UK was 6.3C (43.3F), the second warmest February for the whole country since the last record of 6.8C (44.2F) was set in 1998.

The south of England also had its wettest February in a time series dating back to 1836, with much of the region experiencing more than twice the average rainfall.

Average rainfall across the UK was 139.8mm, which falls just outside the top 10 wettest Februarys on record, with the highest February rainfall ever in 2020 at 213.7mm.

Mike Kendon, senior scientist at the Met Office, said: “February has perhaps been the quietest month of the winter, without any further named storms, whereas Gerrit in December and Henk and Isha in January all caused significant weather impacts.

“Despite a cold spell in the North in the first half of the month, the main theme of February is how persistently mild and wet it has been, particularly in the South, and this is largely due to the influence of Atlantic low-pressure systems bringing a predominant mild, southwesterly flow.

“This mild, wet theme is also true of winter overall.”

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