Cumbria Weather Records

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Cumbrian Meteorological Records

Maximum Temperature

33.3c 20th July 1901 at Newton Reigny, nr Penrith

Source - Met office ( Steve Jobson Library Information Officer via email)

Minimum Temperature

-21.1c Ambleside 21st January 1940

Source Met Office


The highest rainfall total in one year in the United Kingdom
 6,528 mm recorded at Sprinkling Tarn 
(Cumbria) in 1954

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The highest 24-hour total for any 24-hour period is
316.4 mm from 0000 to 2359 on 19th November 2009 at Seathwaite, Cumbria.

This is perhaps a Non Standard record, but a record non the less.

Source Met Office <a href=""></a>

Confirmed that Seathwaite holds the records for the wettest 2/3 and 4 day period.

UK rainfall records for consecutive rainfall days (0900-0900 GMT)
Highest 2-day total 395.6 mm 18 to 19 November 2009 Seathwaite (Cumbria)
Highest 3-day total 456.4 mm 17 to 19 November 2009 Seathwaite (Cumbria)
Highest 4-day total 495.0 mm 16 to 19 November 2009 Seathwaite (Cumbria)

Source Met office.

Further Rainfall Records for Seathwaite all in 2009

2 consec rainfall days: 395.6mm (previous known record 315mm) 18-19th November 2009
 3 consec rainfall days: 456.4mm (previous known record 394mm) 17-19th
4 consec rainfall days: 495.0mm (previous known record 422mm) 16-19th
5 consec rainfall days: 505.0mm (previous known record 455mm) 15-19th
6 consec rainfall days: 563.2mm (previous known record 486mm) 17-22th
7 consec rainfall days: 601.8mm (previous known record 505mm) 16-22th
8 consec rainfall days: 644.8mm 17-24th
9 consec rainfall days: 683.4mm 16-24th
10 consec rainfall days: 696.2mm 16-25th
14 consec rainfall days: 792.0mm 12-25th
15 consec rainfall days: 800.4mm 11-25th

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Monthly Record

After making contact with Philip Eden ( respected meteorologist ) I can now announce the following

November 2009 Styhead 1430mm
Source Phlip Eden (Open letter) <a href=""></a>

This figure of 1430mm is a UK record, previous record holder at Llyn Llyday (1436mm) October 1909 has now been discredited. Ddue to a faulty rain gauge.

Other Highest Amounts include
1270mm The Stye Gauge B January 1928
1153mm at Styhead December 1980
1124mm Sprinkling Tarn September 1950
1092mm Sprinkling Tarn October 1954
1080mm The Stye Gauge C January 1921
1067mm Styhead November 1954
1041mm Fleetwith (above Buttermere) October 1967
1029mm Styhead Tarn September 1950


These are the known UK record for the individual dates, eg the record holder for the date listed anywhere in the UK.
Newton Rigg, Penrith
2nd April 1917 -15.0c ( Coldest April night in UK - Record)
3rd April 1917 -12.2c
15th April 1892 -10.0c

Grizedale ( Listed as Lancashire ) confident this is now Cumbria
12th May 1974 -6.9c

Shap18th May 1996 -6.1c

27th November 1904 -14.4c

5th December 1879 -18.9c

Moor House ( Cumbria/Durham Border nr Alston)
28th August 1977 -2.0c ( Coldest night in August in England - Month Record)

Source Torr - <a href=""></a>
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High Land Wind Gust Great Dun Fell 15th Jan 1968 134mph

Source - various sources quote the same, many are newspapers etc. Best is on the BBC website.
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Lowland Wind Gust St Bees Head 8 January 2005 101.3mph

Source Met Office, quoted as an "example"
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88 knots (101 mph) Sellafield (Cumbria) 13 January 1984 & 16 January 1984

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EDIT - email from Met office confirms data as 88knots for all three events. pdf file to be updated in due course

Interesting that both sources are from the Met Office and yet have differing values ?

Early/Late Snowfalls

General Snow Report ( cant confirm refers to Cumbria but very likley)
19th Sept 1919
Source - Climate and British Scene, page 128 snow lying down to 800ft N England. Weatherwise page 151-52

18th October 1894, snow on the fells
Source - British Rainfall 1894 (Melmbery Observer)

10th July 1888 -snow fell on the higher mountains of Cumberland and Westmoreland, Skiddaw was white next morning
Source Diary entry British Rainfall 1888


February 1932 appears to have been one of the driest months on record.

No Rainfall Recorded at Ulverston ( Poak Beck) and Seathwaite

Source British Rainfall 1932