August 2023: The
average temperature of 17.8°C was 0.3°C below the 30 year average for
Bristol. It was a duller than average month with 47.8% of the maximum
sunshine. The August rainfall of 70.0 mm was 84.4% of the 30 year average
for the month. Notable for the second consecutive month was the low air
pressure values. The average pressure in August of 1006 mb was the lowest
since this data started in 1995. Likewise the low pressure for the month of
979 mb at 09:00 on 2nd was the lowest for August in the 29 years that the
data has been collected. The highest pressure of 1006 mb is the lowest for
the month in the same period. The predominate westerly wind direction for
August was the first time this has occurred in any month since March 2011.
Summer 2023: The
summer of 2023 was the joint 18th warmest, with 2021, in 133 years of
complete data for the city of Bristol. With an average temperature of 18.1°C
it was 0.4°C above the 30 year average (1991-2020). The warmest summer was
1995 with an average temperature of 19.4°C. The coolest summer was in 1954
when the average temperature only reached 14.4°C. The summer rainfall total
was 250.6 mm which was 118% of the 30 year average of 212.7 mm. It was the
40th wettest summer in 142 years of data for Bristol.
In 132 complete years of Bristol's average temperatures, in 2022 it was the
warmest at 12.7°C. The previous warmest was 2014 when the average
temperature reached 12.5°C. 2022 was 1.1°C above the 30 year average
(1991-2020) of 11.6°C. August was the hottest month with an average
temperature of 20.8°C.
The annual rainfall of 798.4 mm for 2022 was 87.4% of the 30 year average
(1991-2020) for the city of 913.8 mm. The wettest month was November with
157.7 mm (157.0% above the 30 year average 1990-2020) of rainfall whilst the
driest was July with only 17.5 mm of rain. There was measurable rainfall
during the year for 4.2% of the time (371 hours). The first 9 months of 2022
produced 407.6 mm or rain whilst the last three months of the year produced
2022 was the least windy year with an average wind speed of 4.2 mph since
records began in 2005. The average for the whole period is 5.4 mph. Notable
was the increase of 'calm' days in 2022 when the wind speed is less than 0.5
mph throughout the day. The average (2005-2022) 1.4% calm days but in 2022
this was 7.1%. There were 20 days of air frost, 3 days, 1 with two
occurrences, of thunderstorms and 3 days of small hail recorded. There was 1
day of snowfall which was lying for 1 day at 09:00 GMT. It was very close to
the average for the percentage of maximum sunshine. In 2022 this was 40.7%
when the annual average is 40.2%. The maximum daily temperature of 36.9°C on
the 18th July was the highest recorded for Bristol. The lowest temperature
of 2022 at -5.8°C recorded on 15th & 16th December was the lowest of any
month since February 2012.
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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