Home » Teaching Resources » UK Climate: Data

UK Climate: Data

Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
Print
Have a look at the climate station map of the UK produced by the Met Office. Choose one of the stations, then look at the ‘averages table’ tab to see the various climate parameters for that location.
  • Which station did you choose?
  • Is it in the north west, north east, south east or south west of the UK?
  • Which month receives most rainfall?
  • When is the driest month?
  • Which is the sunniest month?
  • Which is the windiest month?
  • Which is the coldest month (look at both maximum and minimum temperature)?
  • Which of these answers did you find most surprising? What would you have expected?
Next, have a look at the ‘averages graphs’ tab. In addition to the ‘average’ value of each parameter (the thick horizontal black line), you should see a range of values between the green bars. If you move your mouse cursor over each bar, you’ll see the values appear below the graph.  In six out of ten years, the temperature (or whichever other parameter you look at) will fall within the green bars. In two out of ten years, the values will be lower than the bright green line, and in the remaining two out of ten years, the values will be higher than the pale green line. Complete the following table:
Month 80% value 20% value Range (80% – 20% value) =
January
February
  • Which month has the biggest range of maximum temperature?

Extension: think of a person you know who lives somewhere else in the UK (friends, family or even celebrities!). Use the climate data map to write a short paragraph describing their climate – temperature and rainfall and comparing it to the climate where you live. Which of the following factors do you think best explains the differences? Latitude, urban effects, altitude, distance to the sea, east/ west (longitude).

Start exploring

Latest from blog

Related resources …
Secondary Geography
The climate of the last 500 years and the impact of volcanoes on climate.
Secondary Geography
A series of downloadable lesson plans and teacher’s notes prepared on extreme weather for A level geography. Produced by Rob Pugh Work scheme on
Secondary Geography
In this lesson we investigate the characteristics of the major air masses which can affect the British Isles
Secondary Geography
Passage of a Depression – interactive animation. Worksheet to accompany the animation. For 11-14 Depressions from our Weather and Climate teacher’s guide
BACK TO TOP