Climate Summary for Ferryhill

The climate of North East England is heavily influenced by The North Sea, which keeps us relatively warm in winter and cooler in summer. Lying to the east of the Pennines, Ferryhill lies within the rain shadow, and normal yearly totals of rain are in the region of 650 mm. Typical extremes of temperature are -6 degC to 27 degC. The area is also sheltered from the worst of the winter gales, although conditions can sometimes be very gusty.

The spring is the driest season in this part of the world, and can be quite pleasant, but sometimes there is a tendancy for Easterly winds to set in in spring, making it feel rather raw as the North Sea is at it's coolest at around 8 degC. There is also a tendancy for the East coast to be shrouded in mist in late spring/early summer, making us jealous when the rest of the country is basking in sweltering temperatures, but the 'haar' as it is called is really only a problem in very early summer, with Ferryhill tending to be at the limit of the sea breeze. By July and August we can expect temperatures to rise to between 25 and 30 degC, although anything higher than that is very rare.

In recent times, autumn has been very mild here, with September usually as warm as June. We can experience temps up to 25 degC typically, with no real danger of frost until October. However, the autumn is a lot wetter than spring, with the wettest month having almost double the rainfall on average, but this still amounts to no more than 65mm in a typical year.

Winter hadn't been cruel to us for a while, with December becoming an extension of November, typically with more worries about gales than snow. The only two real 'winter' months being January and February, but in more recent times, snow and low temperatures have returned, with the Decembers of 2010 and 2011 reminding us that we can still get severe conditions here. Once again, if an easterly sets in during the winter months, we know about it here! It can result in a good dumping of snow from instability showers courtesy of the North Sea, and days can be dull and dark. This proved to be the case in winter 2009-10, and again in the following winter, when snow remained on the ground for more than a month in places.
Weather Extremes for Ferryhill from 1998 to date. New records set from the current year are highlighted in red.
Means for each month are shown in parentheses after the month name.

Overall Extremes


Highest Monthly Mean : 19.5C in July 2006
Lowest Monthly Mean : 0.1C in December 2010
Highest Abs Temp : 29.9C on 17th July 2006
Lowest Abs Temp : -8.6C on 3rd December 2010
Warmest Day : 23.4C on 18th July 2006
Coldest Day : -5.1C on 3rd December 2010
Wettest Day : 74.6 mm on 27th July 1998
Wettest Month : 177.0 mm in August 2004
Driest Month : 3.0 mm in February 1998

Monthly Extremes

January (4.4C, 45.5mm)
Highest Monthly Mean : 6.5C in January 2007
Lowest Monthly Mean : 1.5C in January 2010
Highest Abs Temp : 13.2C on 26th January 2003
Lowest Abs Temp : -6.4C on 2nd January 2002
Warmest Day : 11.1C on 7th January 2005
Coldest Day : -4.9C on 2nd January 2002
Wettest Day : 23.0 mm on 21st January 2008
Wettest Month : 99.8 mm in January 2008
Driest Month : 20.6 mm in January 2006

February (4.5C, 39.0mm)
Highest Monthly Mean : 5.8C in February 2002
Lowest Monthly Mean : 2.2C in February 2010
Highest Abs Temp : 14.4C on 28th February 2012
Lowest Abs Temp : -5.9C on 8th February 2012
Warmest Day : 12.1C on 3rd February 2004
Coldest Day : -2.6C on 8th February 2012
Wettest Day : 14.0 mm on 7th February 2001
Wettest Month : 72.6 mm in February 2001
Driest Month : 3.0 mm in February 1998

March (6.3C, 31.5mm)
Highest Monthly Mean : 8.7C in March 2012
Lowest Monthly Mean : 4.0C in March 2001
Highest Abs Temp : 21.3C on 27th March 2012
Lowest Abs Temp : -6.6 on 3rd March 2001
Warmest Day : 14.5C on 29th March 2012
Coldest Day : -2.6 on 2nd March 2001
Wettest Day : 23.0 mm on 30th March 2005
Wettest Month : 70.8 mm in March 2006
Driest Month : 10.0 mm in March 2012

April (8.8C, 41.0mm)
Highest Monthly Mean : 11.5C in April 2011
Lowest Monthly Mean : 6.7C in April 2001
Highest Abs Temp : 24.1C on 16th April 2003
Lowest Abs Temp : -1.1C on 6th April 2008
Warmest Day : 17.1C on 16th April 2003
Coldest Day : 1.6C on 6th April 2008
Wettest Day : 19.0 mm on 18th April 2004
Wettest Month : 110.8 mm in April 2000
Driest Month : 8.6 mm in April 2011

May (11.5C, 36.8mm)
Highest Monthly Mean : 12.6C in May 2008
Lowest Monthly Mean : 9.1C in May 2005
Highest Abs Temp : 27.8C on 22nd May 2010
Lowest Abs Temp : 1.2C on 10th May 2005
Warmest Day : 21.1C on 22nd May 2010
Coldest Day : 5.5C on 17th May 2005
Wettest Day : 16.4 mm on 29th May 1998
Wettest Month : 86.8 mm in May 2006
Driest Month : 11.4 mm in May 2001

June (14.6C, 54.0mm)
Highest Monthly Mean : 16.3C in June 2003
Lowest Monthly Mean : 12.9C in June 1998
Highest Abs Temp : 29.1C on 19th June 2000
Lowest Abs Temp : 4.2C on 4th June 1998
Warmest Day : 22.3C on 19th June 2000
Coldest Day : 7.9C on 5th June 2009
Wettest Day : 25.0 mm on 3rd June 2000
Wettest Month : 83.4 mm in June 2000
Driest Month : 19.6 mm in June 2006

July (16.4C, 57.7mm)
Highest Monthly Mean : 19.5C in July 2006
Lowest Monthly Mean : 14.5C in July 2000
Highest Abs Temp : 29.9C on 17th July 2006
Lowest Abs Temp : 7.2C on 17th July 2000
Warmest Day : 23.4C on 18th July 2006
Coldest Day : 11.0C on 1st July 2002
Wettest Day : 74.6 mm on 27th July 1998
Wettest Month : 112.5 mm in July 2009
Driest Month : 14.2 mm in July 2006

August (16.2C, 65.3mm)
Highest Monthly Mean : 17.3C in August 2003
Lowest Monthly Mean : 14.8C in August 1998
Highest Abs Temp : 29.3C on 9th August 2003
Lowest Abs Temp : 6.1C on 31st August 2010
Warmest Day : 23.0C on 9th August 2003
Coldest Day : 11.8C on 31st August 2003
Wettest Day : 37.6 mm on 6th August 2011
Wettest Month : 177.0 mm in August 2004
Driest Month : 21.8 mm in August 2003

September (14.0C, 43.9mm)
Highest Monthly Mean : 16.3C in September 2006
Lowest Monthly Mean : 12.4C in September 2001
Highest Abs Temp : 27.1C on 21st September 2006
Lowest Abs Temp : 4.3C on 18th September 2007
Warmest Day : 20.7C on 21st September 2006
Coldest Day : 7.8C on 26th September 2007
Wettest Day : 21.8 mm on 7th September 2010
Wettest Month : 78.6 mm in September 2000
Driest Month : 12.8 mm in September 2009

October (10.5C, 63.6mm)
Highest Monthly Mean : 12.5C in October 2005
Lowest Monthly Mean : 9.0C in October 2002 and October 2003
Highest Abs Temp : 25.5C on 1st October 2011
Lowest Abs Temp : 0.3C on 18th October 1998
Warmest Day : 20.5C on 1st October 2011
Coldest Day : 3.6C on 30th October 2008
Wettest Day : 23.2 mm on 21st October 2001
Wettest Month : 106.6 mm in October 2004
Driest Month : 21.2 mm in October 2007

November (6.9C, 54.6mm)
Highest Monthly Mean : 8.8C in November 2011
Lowest Monthly Mean : 4.7C in November 2010
Highest Abs Temp : 15.8C on 2nd November 2007
Lowest Abs Temp : -4.6C on 28th November 2010
Warmest Day : 13.8C on 1st November 2007
Coldest Day : -1.7C on 28th November 2010
Wettest Day : 29.8 mm on 7th November 2000
Wettest Month : 121.4 mm in November 2009
Driest Month : 17.2 mm in November 2004

December (4.2C, 50.7mm)
Highest Monthly Mean : 5.4C in December 2006
Lowest Monthly Mean : 0.1C in December 2010
Highest Abs Temp : 13.6C on 1st December 2001
Lowest Abs Temp : -8.6C on 3rd December 2010
Warmest Day : 10.7C on 14th December 2006 and 5th December 2007
Coldest Day : -5.1C on 3rd December 2010
Wettest Day : 17.2 mm on 5th December 2001
Wettest Month : 86.2 mm in December 2002
Driest Month : 17.0 mm in December 2004