Chilly May in Sheffield broke 30-year weather record

Heavy rain floods the tram tracks on West Street. Picture: Andrew Roe
Heavy rain floods the tram tracks on West Street. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Temperatures in Sheffield failed to rise above 20C last month – the first time it has been so cool in May for more than three decades.

Miserable weather has been a common cause for complaint during the past few weeks – and now figures from Museums Sheffield’s Weston Park weather station have confirmed how glum it really was.

In Sheffield, the maximum temperature recorded all month was 20C, which has not happened since 1972, when the maximum temperature recorded was 18.4C.

A gust of wind was also recorded as 56 miles an hour – the strongest since at least 2000 – and rainfall was higher than average at 83.1 millimetres.

|But it was not as wet as May 2014, when 121 mm fell.

Alistair McLean, curator of Natural Sciences at Museums Sheffield, said: “We got most of the rain at the beginning of the month which is also when we recorded that very strong gust of wind – it was quite stormy around that time.

“The record for the gust probably goes back much further than 2000 because some of our records are still on paper graph.

“We have people going through them and typing them up for digital records but it is a long process.

“May isn’t normally a very windy month so it is quite unusual for us to get that strength of wind and the temperature is an interesting record as well because it was quite a long held record.”

Windy condtions were expected to prevail today, with a yellow weather warning in place at the Met Office.

Gusts were expected to reach up to 40 and 50 miles an hour with heavy rain also expected.

The Met Office said: “Given the unseasonable nature of the winds, the public should be aware of the potential for disruption to transport and outdoor activities.

“Damage to some trees seems likely.”

However sun-lovers may finally have something to look forward, as forecasters are predicting a change in conditions with sunny weather at the end of the week .

Temperatures are expected to rise again to 19C on Thursday, with sunshine through much of the day, and stay at 18C on Friday.

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