Weather summary for Teignmouth, Dawlish and nearby areas by Mike Trigger

Items marked * contain estimates to fill in missing data

The monthly weather summary is prepared as soon as possible each month and is based on unofficial recordings and the opinion of the author. No claim is made about the accuracy of the summary. If you are aware of an error or omission please e-mail mike.trigger@gmail.com   (Seasonal summaries available by 10th).

The longer term averages are sourced from the Met Office.

LTA=long term average 1981 to 2010

Updated 2nd May 2019



Weather Summary Spring. March April May 2019 (updated 5 June 2019)

Spring 2019 was slightly milder, slightly drier (despite a wet March) and possibly slightly cloudier than average.

Teignmouth Den. *Estimates were made using reports from nearby sites in order to calculate missing data.
Average Max 14C (LTA 13.3) Average Min 7.6C (LTA 6.7C) Mean temperature 10.8C (LTA 9.3C). Air frost 0. (LTA 10 days, mainly March)
Total rain 155.6m (LTA 186.6mm). 57 dry days, 27days with 1mm or more (LTA 30). Total sun 491.6 hours (LTA 526).

Dawlish inland. Average temp 10.5C. Air frost 2 days. Total rain 173mm. 48 dry days. 34 days with 1mm or more.

Dawlish Warren Average temp 10.3C. Air frost 2 days .Total rain 171mm. 52 dry days. 34 days with 1mm or more.

Teignmouth inland. Average temp 10.3C. Air frost 0 days. Total rain 188mm. 42 dry days. 36 days with 1mm or more.

Netherton Average temp 9.7C. Air frost 11 days. Total rain 179mm. 48 dry days. 30 days with 1mm or more.



Weather Summary May 2019 updated 05 June 2019

Weak weather fronts moved south over the country bringing cool air to the district and as High pressure developed from the west, by the 5th, the lead to chilly start to the 6th with a frost in places. The High was replaced by Low pressure resulting in the wettest day of the month on the 8th although some places had another wet day on the 10th. High pressure again developed with a centre of 1041mb over the North Sea although this High edged away towards Scandinavia by the 17th. Further weak weather fronts moved in from the east before High pressure returned by the 22nd. The High was weak and allowed a series of weak fronts to spread from the west which at least brought milder air and led to higher temperatures in the latter part of the month.

In terms of statistics:
The average temperature for May was around 12 Celsius, which is close to the 30 year average. The warmest days occurred over a few days at the end of the month with temperatures in the low 20’s Celsius, the warmest day being the 30th in most parts of the distract. The coldest morning was on the 6th when temperature fell low enough for a touch of frost in places with a low of minus 2 Celsius in Netherton but just above zero in most places. Away from the coast ground frost was possible on several nights during the first half of the month. Night temperature were slightly cooler than normal but maximum temperatures slightly higher than average.
Rainfall was well below average with between 20 and 40mm recorded across the district. There were at least 20 dry days and only around 5 days when 1 mm or more of rain was recorded. The wettest period was the 7th to 10th, with around 18mm of rain failing on the 8th and another 10mm on the 10th in some places.
276 hours of sunshine was recorded electronically at Dawlish (tends to be an over estimate) and 218 hours were recorded traditionally at Teignmouth which compares to the Teignmouth average of 217 hours.


In summary, May 2019 was drier than average and after a cooler than average start ended warmer resulting in a near average temperature for the month for the month as a whole.

When shown * estimates were made using reports from nearby sites in order to calculate missing data. Grass frost estimates use air temp below 4C

Teignmouth Den.
Mean temperature 12.6C (LTA 12.4C). Average Max 16.5C (LTA 15.7C). Highest 21.9C on 30th. Average Min 8.8C (LTA 9C). Lowest 2.7C on 6th. Air frost 0. (Average 0). Potential 2 ground frosts
Total rain 39.6mm (LTA 58.8mm). 26 dry days, 5 days with 1mm or more (LTA 9). Wettest day 16.4mm on the 7th 0900 to 0900 hours 8th. 1 day with >= 10mm. 0 days with >= 20mm.
Total sun 218 hours (LTA 217.5 hours).

Dawlish inland.
Average temp 12.4C. Air frost 0 days. Ground frost possible 6 days. Highest 22.3C on 30th. Lowest 0.5C morning of 6th. Total rain 29mm. 21 dry days 5 days with 1mm or more. 1 day 10mm or more. 0 days 20mm or more Wettest day 18.5mm 8th .

Dawlish Warren (inland from railway line).
Average temp 12C. Air frost 0days. Ground frost possible 5 days. Highest 23C on 30th. Lowest 1C morning of 6th. Total rain 24mm. 23 dry days 6 days with 1mm or more. 1 days 10mm or more. 0 days 20mm or more Wettest day 16mm 8th .

Teignmouth Inland.
Average temp 12C. Air frost 0days. Ground frost possible 3 days. Highest 23C on 30th. Lowest 2C morning of 6th. Total rain 40mm. 19 dry days 6 days with 1mm or more. 1 days 10mm or more. 0 days 20mm or more Wettest day 13mm 8th .

Netherton.
Average temp 12C. Air frost 2days. Ground frost possible 16 days. Highest 22C on 30th. Lowest -2C morning of 5 and 6th. Total rain 37mm. 20 dry days 4 days with 1mm or more. 2 days 10mm or more. 0 days 20mm or more Wettest day 16mm 8th .


Weather Summary April 2019 (2 May 2019)

Low pressure was probably the dominant feature of the month, although there were more dry days than wet ones in most places. There were two periods when high pressure dominated, the 10 to 15th and 19 to 23rd, although high pressure also occurred on the 1st and at the end of the month. Winds from between East and South were quite frequent and there were a number of quite windy days, 2nd, 5th 13th to 15th with the strongest winds associated with storm “Hannah” on the 27th.

In terms of statistics:
The average temperature for April was around 10 Celsius, just a fraction higher than the 30 year average (9.5C). The warmest days occurred over a few days centred on the 20th when highs of between 20 and 26 Celsius were recorded. The coldest morning of the month was on the 3rd when temperature fell to between 2 Celsius, at the coast but as low as minus 2 or minus 3 Celsius inland. Away from the coast there were 2 to 4 nights with an air frost and possibly as many as 8 nights when a ground frost was possible.
Rainfall was near average with between with values around 50 or 60mm recorded. There were around 15 dry days but 9 to 12 days when 1 mm or more of rain was recorded across the district, the average being 10 days. The wettest period, with around 20 to 25 mm, was centred on the 5th.
220 hours of sunshine was recorded electronically at Dawlish and 139 hours recorded traditionally at Teignmouth which compares to the Teignmouth average of 187 hours.


In summary, April 2019 despite an unusually warm Easter period temperatures ended up only slightly milder than average. Rainfall was near average but it was cloudier than normal, indicated by below average sunshine.

Grass frost estimates use air min temp below 4C

Teignmouth Den.
Mean temperature *10.3C (LTA 9.5C). Average Max *13.2C (LTA 12.8C). Highest 22.4C on 20th. Average Min *7.3C (LTA 6.1C). Lowest 2C on 3rd. Air frost 0. (Average 0.4). Potential 3 ground frosts
Total rain 49.7mm (LTA 58.4mm). 15 dry days, 9 days with 1mm or more (LTA 10). Wettest day 11.5mm on the 4thst 0900 to 0900 hours next day with 9.6 on 5th =21.1mm. 1 day with >= 10mm. 0 days with >= 20mm.
Total sun 139.1 hours (LTA 186.3 hours).

Dawlish inland.
Average temp 9.8C. Air frost 2 days. Ground frost possible 8 days. Highest 26C on 20th. Lowest -0.7C morning of 3rd. Total rain 58mm. 13 dry days 11 days with 1mm or more. 1 days 10mm or more. 1 days 20mm or more Wettest day 20mm 5th .

Dawlish Warren (inland from railway line).
Average temp 10C. Air frost 1 day. Ground frost possible 6 days. Highest 26C on 20th. Lowest -1C morning of 3rd. Total rain 63mm. 15 dry days 12 days with 1mm or more. 1 days 10mm or more. 1 days 20mm or more Wettest day 21mm 5th .

Teignmouth Inland.
Average temp 10C. Air frost 0days. Ground frost possible 6 days. Highest 22C on 20th. Lowest 1C morning of 3rd. Total rain 61mm. 11 dry days 12 days with 1mm or more. 1 days 10mm or more. 0 days 20mm or more. Wettest day 18mm 5th.

Netherton.
Average temp 9C. Air frost 4days. Ground frost possible on many days. Highest 24C on 20th. Lowest -3C morning of 3rd. Total rain 60mm. 14 dry days 11 days with 1mm or more. 1 day 10mm or more. 1 day 20mm or more. Wettest day 25mm 5th .


Weather Summary March 2019 (3 April 2019)

Until the 17th March was very unsettled with periods of wet and windy weather as low pressure centres and their associated fronts crossed the UK. There were two named storms, Freya (3/4th) and Gareth (12/13th) although the depression on the 5th/6th brought the wettest conditions to the district with almost an inch of rain. High pressure developed after the 17th bringing a good deal of dry and sunny weather, interrupted on the 23/24th by a slow moving cold front which made for a cloudy wet and often drizzly period.

In terms of statistics;
The average temperature for March was around 9 Celsius, that’s over a degree above the long term average. The warmest days occurred between the 27th and 30th when highest values of between 16 and 18 Celsius were recorded. The coldest morning of the month was on the 26th when most areas got close to but in the main just above zero. Netherton dipped to minus 1 Celsius and managed five air frosts during the month. In general though there were fewer than average frosts during March.
Because of the unsettled first two thirds of the month rainfall was above average with between 65mm and 95mm recorded. There were around 13 dry days but 13 to 16 days when 1 mm or more of rain was recorded, the average being 11 days. The wettest day, with up to 25 mm, was on the 5th. And there were 2 or 3 days with over 10mm and one with at least 20mm.
Sunshine was above normal with 163 hours recorded electronically at Dawlish and 134 hours recorded traditionally at Teignmouth which compares to the Teignmouth average of 123 hours
(Averages are based on Teignmouth 1981 to 2010).

In summary, March 2019 milder than average and was sunnier despite near or above average rain.  

When shown * estimates were made using reports from nearby sites in order to calculate missing data. Grass frost estimates use air temp below 4C in winter

Teignmouth Den.
Mean temperature 9.5C (LTA 7.9C). Average Max 12.5C (LTA 10.9C). Highest 14.2C on 14th. Average Min 6.5C (LTA 4.9C). Lowest 2.4C on 26. Air frost nil. (Average 1). Potential 6 ground frosts
Total rain 66.3mm (LTA 69.4mm). 16 dry days, 13 days with 1mm or more (LTA 11). Wettest day 23.7mm on the 5th 0900 to 0900 hours next day. 1 day with >= 10mm. 1 day with >= 20mm.
Total sun *134.5 hours (LTA 122.6 hours).

Dawlish inland.
Average temp 9.3C. Air frost 0 days. Ground frost possible 12 days. Highest 17.8C on 30th. Lowest 0.2C morning of 26th. Total rain 84.6mm. 14 dry days 16 days with 1mm or more. 3 day 10mm or more. 1 days 20mm or more. Wettest day 22.2mm 5th. Sunshine *163 hours (data from Weather Cloud)

Dawlish Warren (inland from railway line).
Average temp 9C. Air frost 0days. Ground frost possible 10 days. Highest 17C on 27th. Lowest 1C morning of 26th. Total rain 83.5mm, 14 dry days 16 days with 1mm or more. 3 days 10mm or more. 1 days 20mm or more. Wettest day 19mm 5th .

Teignmouth Inland.
Average temp 9C. Air frost 0days. Ground frost possible ** days. Highest 15C on 30th. Lowest 2C morning of 26th. Total rain 85.8mm. 15 dry days 14 days with 1mm or more. 3 days 10mm or more. 1 days 20mm or more. Wettest day 23.6mm 5th .

Netherton.
Average temp 8C. Air frost 5days. Ground frost possible 18 days. Highest 16C on 19/27th. Lowest -1C morning of 26th. Total rain 81.8mm. 14 dry days. 15 days with 1mm or more. 3 days 10mm or more. 1 days 20mm or more. Wettest day 21.8mm 5th .



Weather Summary Winter December 2018 to February 2019 (1 March 2019)

For Teignmouth average temperature was 7.9C (1.2C above average) with both average maximum and average minimum above the long term values (1981-2010) and there were seven fewer air frosts than average. Rainfall was below average 208mm (average 270mm) and sunshine was close to average at 204hours (average 209hours). There number of days with snow was probably below average.

Dawlish inland, average temperature 7.4C with 13 air frosts and 231mm of rain.
Nertherton , average temperature 6.8C with 24 air frosts and 264mm of rain.
Ringmore average temperature 7.3C with 24 air frosts and 219mm of rain.



Weather Summary February 2019 (1 March 2019)

February started cold and unsettled with a clear night between weather systems leading to the coldest morning of the month on the 3rd. Milder SW winds then brought a series of weather fronts and associated cloud and rain across the UK, culminating in storm Erik which became a deep low over northern Scotland on the 8th and 9th.This brought the windiest spell of the month to Dawlish and Teignmouth with gale or severe gale strength winds.
A weak ridge developed after this storm and built to become a large anticyclone. This High moved to become centred over France and Germany for the remainder of the month. It was close enough to provide a good deal of dry weather across the Teignmouth and Dawlish area despite a series of weak weather fronts edging in from the west. Because of the location of the high, milder SW winds continued to feed across the SW of England and even when the winds turned south or southeast there source air across Europe was relatively mild. Clear spells overnight, however, led to a number of chilly starts especially in areas away from the immediate coast. Elsewhere in the UK there were some unusually high temperatures during February but because winds were often off the sea, the higher values were not seen in this area. Despite this temperatures in the area were above the averages for England although there was slightly less sunshine than England overall.

In terms of statistics;
The average temperature for February was around 7.5 Celsius, that’s over a degree above the long term average. There were several days which were contenders for the warmest, in places the 4th or 5th but mostly near the end of the month when winds turned from SE to SW cutting off the chill of the sea. Top values were mostly between 14 and 16 Celsius.
Most places had multiple mornings with a ground frost and air frost occurred on 1 or 2 nights in the Teign estuary, 3 or 4 nights elsewhere but on as many as 9 nights in some of the colder inland valleys. The long term average number of air frosts at the Teignmouth Den weather site is 4 nights in February. The coldest morning was on the 3rd when temperatures fell to between minus 1 and minus 2 Celsius near the coast , down to minus 4 Celsius inland and as low as minus 6 Celsius in the Netherton area.
It was a drier than average month with around 15 days (+/-3) with no measurable rain and rainfall totals ranged from 40mm to 58mm which is between a half and two thirds of typically February rainfall. There were between 6 and 10 days when 1 mm or more of rain was recorded, the average being 10 days. The wettest day, with up to 11 mm, was on the 8th or 9th for most of the area.
A small amount of snow was lying on 1st of February but soon melted.
Sunshine was well above normal with 106 hours recorded at Teignmouth which compares with an average of 83 hours.

In summary, February 2019 was a good bit drier, milder and sunnier than average.

When shown * estimates were made using reports from nearby sites in order to calculate missing data. Grass frost estimates use air temp below 4C in winter

Teignmouth Den.
Mean temperature 7.7C (LTA 6.4C). Average Max 11.1C (LTA 9.1C). Highest 13.8C on 4/28th. Average Min 4.2C (LTA 3.7C). Lowest -1.2C on 3rd. Air frost 2. (Average 4). Potential 11 ground frosts
Total rain 40.4mm (LTA 71.8mm). 15 dry days, 6 days with 1mm or more (LTA 10). Wettest day 10.1mm on the 8th 0900 to 0900 hours next day. 1 day with >= 10mm. 0 days with >= 20mm.
Total sun 106.1 hours (LTA 83.5 hours).

Dawlish inland.
Average temp 7.3C. Air frost 4days. Ground frost possible 17 days. Highest 15.3C on 4th. Lowest -3.4C morning of 3rd. Total rain 55.4mm includes 0mm snow water equivalent from partial lying snow on 1st. *17 dry days 10 days with 1mm or more. 1 day 10mm or more. 0 days 20mm or more. Wettest day 10.4mm 5th. Sunshine *103hours (data from 7th plus Teignmouth 1 to 6th)

Dawlish Warren (inland from railway line).
Average temp 7.5C. Air frost 3days. Ground frost possible 15 days. Highest 15.3C on 28th. Lowest -3.9C morning of 3rd. Total rain 55.9mm, *17 dry days 10 days with 1mm or more. 1 day 10mm or more. 0 days 20mm or more. Wettest day 11.9mm 8th .

Teignmouth Inland.
Average temp 7.6C. Air frost 1days. Ground frost possible 12 days. Highest 14C on 28th. Lowest -1C morning of 3rd. Total rain 55.4mm. 17* dry days 9 days with 1mm or more. 1 day 10mm or more. 0 days 20mm or more. Wettest day 10.4mm 8th .

Netherton.
Average temp 6.6C. Air frost 9days. Ground frost possible *21 days. Highest 15.5C on 15th. Lowest -6.0C morning of 3rd. Total rain 57.7mm. 14 dry days. 10 days with 1mm or more. 2 days 10mm or more. 0 days 20mm or more. Wettest day 11.9mm 8th .


Weather Summary January 2019 (3rd February)

High pressure dominated the weather for the first half of January. This brought a good deal of dry weather with variable amounts of cloud often associated with a series of weak weather fronts which moved around the High and then south across the district. There was a transition period between the 15th and 17th when the high pressure eased away allowing northwest than west winds to develop heralding a rather unsettled period as milder air and rain spread from the west. Later in the month colder air returned across the area preceding a period of rain which turned to snow on the afternoon and evening of the 31st. E to NE winds increased and allowed cold air to undercut the milder air which was displaced to the south. Although some snow had fallen on the hills above Teignmouth and Dawlish on the 30th the evening of the 31st saw the first significant snow of the winter.

In terms of statistics:
The average temperature for January was around 6 Celsius, that’s close to the long term average. Most places had multiple mornings with a ground frost, and air frost occurred on between 8 and 12 nights inland and around 2 to 4 nights near the Teign estuary. The long term average number of frost at the Teignmouth Den weather site is 4 nights in January. The mildest day was on the 13th with maximum temperatures around 13 Celsius and the coldest morning was on the 31st when temperatures fell to between minus 2 and minus 4 Celsius in most places although Netherton area managed a low of minus 6 Celsius.
It was a dry month with around 18 days (+/-3) with no measurable rain and rainfall totals ranged from 35 to 55mm which is about half the normal January rainfall. There were around 10 days when 1 mm or more of rain was recorded, the average being 13 days. The wettest day, with around 11 mm, for most of the area was the 31st although the 18th and 26th were also contenders.
Snow or sleet fell on two days 30 and 31st and accumulated on 1 day (31st) which is average for January. At Dawlish 3cm of snow was recorded amounting to 3mm of water equivalent rainfall.
Sunshine was slightly below average, the total recorded at Teignmouth was 59 hours which was about 6 hours below average.


In summary, January 2019 was a good bit drier than normal but with near average temperatures, air frost and snowfall. Ground frosts were probably a little more frequent than average. Sunshine was slightly below average.

When shown * estimates were made using reports from nearby sites in order to calculate missing data. Grass frost estimates use air temp below 4C

Teignmouth Den.
Mean temperature 6.4C (LTA 6.7C). Average Max 8.9C (LTA 9.4C). Highest 12.5C on 13th. Average Min 3.9C (LTA 4C). Lowest -3C on 31st. Air frost 3. (Average 4). Potential *14 ground frosts
Total rain 51.4mm (LTA 95.2mm). 21 dry days, 7 days with 1mm or more (LTA 13). Wettest day 17mm on the 31st 0900 to 1st 0900 hours. 1 day with >= 10mm. No days with >= 20mm.
Total sun *59.1 hours (LTA 64.7 hours).

Dawlish inland.
Average temp 5.8C. Air frost 8 days. Ground frost possible 15* days. Highest 12.9C on 13th. Lowest -3.6C morning of 31st. Total rain 38.1mm includes 3mm snow water equivalent from 3 cm snow on 31st. 19 dry days 9 days with 1mm or more. 0 days 10mm or more. 0 days 20mm or more Wettest day 6.1mm 29th (3mm +3mm water equivalent on 31st).

Dawlish Warren (inland from railway line).
Average temp 5.9C. Air frost 8 days. Ground frost possible 19* days. Highest 13.0C on 13th. Lowest -3.6C morning of 31st. Total rain 43.2mm. 18 dry days 9 days with 1mm or more. 1 day 10mm or more. 0 days 20mm or more Wettest day 10.4mm 31st.

Teignmouth Inland.
Average temp 6.1C. Air frost 2 days. Ground frost possible 17* days. Highest 12.4C on 13th. Lowest -2.2C on 31st. Total rain 55.4mm (snow on 31st unknown). 19 dry days. 11days with 1mm or more. 2 days 10mm or more. 0 days with 20mm or more. Wettest 12.2mm on 31st.

Netherton.
Average temp 5.1C. Air frost 12. Ground frost possible 20. Highest 12.2C on 13th. Lowest -5.9 on 31st. Total rain 55.9mm (snow on 31st unknown). 17 dry days. 10 days with 1mm or more. 2 days 10mm or more. 0 days 20mm or more. Wettest 13.7mm on 31st.