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January

Headline: Anticyclonic during the first half with some colder and milder spells. Becoming more unsettled later with two significant ingresses of cold Arctic air introducing some mainly light showers or sleet or snow at times.

February

Headline: Daytime temperatures becoming warmer through the month, recording some of the mildest February days on record towards the end. Overall temperatures not record breaking due to some cold nights, but still significantly above average.

March

Headline: A month of two halves: unsettled initially with outbreaks of rain and strong winds, but becoming anticyclonic later with some relatively mild days and some good spells of sunshine, but with some chilly nights.

April

Headline: Apart from a brief spell of unsettled weather at either end of the month, April was dominated by a blocking anticyclone over Scandinavia. In common with 2015 and 2017, rainfall was substantially below average.

May

Headline: A cool and unsettled start to the month, but conditions generally improved with high pressure exerting more of an influence. A cold front introduced a brief incursion of fresher air in the final week.