.An historical perspective of the climate statistics

for Coventry during August 2017

Temperature

August has been a disappointing month temperature-wise in recent years, with nine of the last twelve August months in Coventry cooler than the city’s 30 year average (1981-2010).

Looking at this recent period, the average August temperature from 1995 to 2005 was 17.8ºC, compared to the 2005-2016 average of 16.6ºC – a considerable cooling trend of 1.2ºC.

With a mean monthly temperature of 16.1C, 0.9C below average, August 2017 has continued this cooling trend, the coolest August in Coventry since 2014 (15.4C).

Only three August months have been cooler than 2017 in Coventry since 1988 (1992 1993 2014).

Rainfall

With 67.2mm of rain falling during the month, this has become the wettest August in Coventry since 2014 (81.4mm).

Only five August months have been wetter than 2017 in Coventry since 2000 (2004 2006 2008 2010 2014).

Sunshine

We seem to have ‘lost’ almost 30 hours of sunshine during August in Coventry over the past 10 years or so. We recorded an average of 179.8 hours of August sunshine per month between 1996 and 2005, but only 150.6 hours from 2006 to 2015.

So it is little surprise to find that August 2017 has been yet another disappointing month for sunshine in Coventry (164.2hr), 11% below the city 30-year sunshine average (1981-2010).

It has been the dullest August in Coventry since 2015 (138.4hr).