The average temperature of 8.5°C this December was
2.6°C warmer than the 30 year average for Bristol. This was the 5th warmest
December behind 11.1°C in 2015, 8.9°C in 1988, 8.8°C in 1934 and 8.6°C in
1974. Continuous data began in 1885.
The monthly rainfall of 116.9 mm was the second highest monthly fall of 2018
after March. It was the wettest December since 2013 when 155.4 mm
In 143 complete years of Bristol's average temperatures 2018 is the joint
3rd warmest with an average temperature of 12.1°C.
This is despite the months of February and March being significantly below
the average due mainly to the 'beast from the east' as it was popularly
The annual rainfall of 782.9 mm for 2018 is 88% of the 30 year average for
Bristol, and it is the 4th consecutive year of lower than average rainfall.
2018 Annual summary is here:
For the full monthly summary please go here:
Meteorological site is situated in an urban housing area approximately one
mile to the south of the Centre of Bristol.
This area is in a district called Totterdown.
Statistical correlations with the Bristol
Meteorological Office site, that was
less than two miles to the North and was
situated on top of a City Centre office block, were generally good with
rainfall and barometric data particularly close.
The site of the station is approximately 34 metres above sea level with the
manual instruments mounted in a Stevenson screen. The screen is sited
centrally in a small concreted garden area. A Snowdon
rain gauge is mounted correctly in the ground but does not have the full open
space required around it. A Davis
Vantage Pro2 Plus automatic weather station (AWS) was
added in May 2005 and this is mounted 4 feet above a concrete shelter. The
wind data is gathered automatically from a Davis Vantage Pro2 Plus anemometer which is
sited 3.3 metres (10 feet) above the house top.
Manual observations are still taken at approximately 09:00 hours GMT every
day for rainfall and cloud cover. Rainfall manually recorded in the Snowdon rain gauge is entered for the previous day. The
wind data is constantly logged and automatically reset at 24:00 hours GMT
every day (in the summer BST -1 hour. The Davis rainfall tipping bucket was recalibrated in November 2005 and is now
consistently under 3% under recording (an improvement from installation in
May 2005 when 10% was more
typically the norm).
Since the arrival of the Davis
Vantage Pro2 Plus equipment in May 2005 temperatures, humidity and barometric
pressure are recorded from the new equipment. These figures will be more
accurate and will be taken at exactly 09:00 GMT (in the summer BST -1 hour)
as the data is now logged to a computer.
By default the Davis
equipment records every parameter for the 24 hour period 00:00 to 23:59 BST
or GMT. Data analysis will enable manual data extraction of temperatures and
rainfall to 09:00 GMT (adjusted in the summer). Due to the 0.2 mm (tipping
bucket) measurements of precipitation recorded by the Davis equipment the
Snowdon rain gauge will still be used due to its greater accuracy (see