British weather through the decades – be prepared for rainy autumn weather

September 22, 2020

We hear events are slowly but surely starting to pick up. Whether it’s a small family garden party or an outdoor market, it’s likely autumn/winter is going to be an unusually busy season for events. 

Under normal circumstances, outdoor events tend to happen in spring and summer. But, let’s face it, not a lot of 2020 has been normal has it? Event organisers, particularly those planning private parties and celebrations for friends and family, are taking a risk and going ahead with an outdoor event in September and beyond. 

What’s the autumn weather been like the last few years? 

In 2019, autumn was certainly a wet one. Sheffield and parts of Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire recorded its wettest autumn weather for well over a decade. Lincolnshire experienced over half its expected annual rainfall in just three months throughout autumn too. 

In 2018, winter and spring were wetter than usual, though the Beast From The East contrasted drastically with the 2018 heatwave. 

2017 saw Storm Dorris bring wet and windy weather in February. March was a bit of a rollercoaster, though, swinging between being the 5th warmest March since records began to heavy snow in the latter half of the month. Autumn 2017 was certainly no picnic, with Storm Aileen sweeping the UK and Ex-Hurricane Ophelia passing through in October. Widespread frost and snow followed. 

Winter 2015/2016 was the mildest winter on record, yet the second wettest. Though not particularly snowy, heavy rainfall is still more than enough to spoil an outdoor event. 

The wettest autumn on record nationally was 2000, where 502.7mm fell on average. So we’re not expecting to be beating any records this year. But, as we keep reiterating, you can never predict the weather!

How will autumn weather impact my event?

Wet and windy weather not only puts people off attending (sorry, this isn’t covered!) It also poses logistical problems. Will your equipment get damaged or your food and drink be ruined if there’s heavy rainfall? Can guests access your event area if it snows, or there’s increased slip and trip hazards due to rain and debris? Ultimately, is it safe for your event to go ahead?

Whilst you should be prepared for all eventualities, and have additional risk management procedures in place to combat bad weather, it’s never acceptable to press on with an event that could leave your guests in danger. It’s responsible to cancel an event if it’s not safe to go ahead. For example, there might be a significant chance of flooding or power shortages, increased slip and trip hazards or suppliers not being able to access your event site. 

We wish we could predict the autumn weather, but none of us can. At least Adverse Weather cover is here to soften the blow if your event really can’t go ahead due to bad autumn weather.

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