UK temperature and sunshine levels were fairly close to the long-term average and rainfall slightly below.

But what does ‘average’ mean? Compared to mean temperatures from 1991 to 2020, our climate is warming, which means it is close to 1°C warmer than the earlier 1961-1990 baseline.

Visit the Met Office website to see the statistics for each quarter of 2021 and the regional variation within the UK: 2021: the UK's weather in review