SSEN's Weather Watch for March 2020

Colour weather graphic of the UK

This winter will be remembered by all the rain and flooding impacts, together with the lack of snow and frosts for most of us. 

The winter months, which can be classed as December, January and February, have been the fifth wettest on record (data back to 1862) for the UK as a whole, as well as the fifth mildest. 

Data from the Met Office reveals temperatures were mostly 1.5C above average and rainfall anomalies were around 140% of normal.

This map from the Met Office (above) shows how the winter rainfall compares to the 30 year average. A few areas in eastern Scotland and along the coasts of north east England were drier than average, but elsewhere it was mostly very wet. 

The Speedwell Weather chart on the main page is an interesting one for Glasgow. It’s called a cone chart and shows the cumulative rainfall amounts for February 2020 (black line), the blue line is last year for comparison, and the grey shading represents the historical range in the period 1967 to 2019. As the black line finishes the month above the shading we can see it was the wettest February on record for Glasgow (since 1967). 

The weather patterns for the remainder of March suggests the risk of a significant or extreme cold snap is very low. Snowfalls should be confined to the higher ground, especially across Scotland, with the highest risk of frost during the first week of the month. 

Another wet and windy spell is forecast to arrive from the nearby Atlantic Ocean during the period of 7 March to 13 March, so it’s during these dates we could see further gales and localised flooding. 

There are signs for a relatively dry, fine and pleasant spell of weather to come for about the last 10 days of the month, as we find an area of high pressure settling down near to or over the UK and Ireland. That’s something to look forward to. 

We’ll be keeping an eye on the Spring weather trends and issuing our April forecast in a few weeks’ time.  


For more weather information you can follow our meteorologist, Simon Cardy on twitter @weather_king. 

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Simon Cardy Senior Meteorologist for SSE

Simon is the Senior Meteorologist at SSE and a Fellow Member of the Royal Meteorological Society. Through detailed analysis of the weather and climate, Simon provides valuable information to departments across SSE, including Networks (power distribution), Renewable Energy (wind farms and hydro dams) and Energy Demand Forecasting (how much electricity and gas we need each hour).

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