Is Sheffield's climate changing?

flooded fife street sheffieldClimate change predictions show that extreme weather events may be more frequent in the future.

The Local Climate Impact Profile (LCLIP) is work being done to look at what the effects of extreme weather have been on Sheffield. 

This will then help us plan to reduce the impacts of extreme weather and to be better prepared for those impacts we can’t avoid.

Extreme weather events include:

  • Intense rainfall
  • Flooding
  • Gales – strong winds and lightning
  • Heatwaves
  • Drought
  • Snow and ice


From looking at the weather data it was found Sheffield’s weather patterns are changing faster than it has at any time in the last 125 years. The study (completed in 2009) highlighted a number of trends:

  • The warmest years (1990 & 2006), the warmest month (July 2006) and the highest temperature (34oC/94oF) ever recorded in Sheffield have all occurred since 1990
  • An increase in the number of days when daytime temperature is 30oC or above

  • Night time temperatures increasing in summer

  • Records for highest/warmest winter temperatures recorded (for all 3 winter months December to February) within the last 13 years

  • Average annual total of bright sunshine is increasing

  • A general trend of increasing rainfall but a reduction over the last 20 years

  • Fewer days of lying snow

  • Reducing differences between the seasons

In Sheffield during the last 10 years (1998-2008) there have been:

  • major flooding events (including the 2 major episodes in June 2007) causing loss of life, destroying homes and businesses, damaging public transport infrastructure,delaying services and causing major traffic disruption
  • 2 heat waves (although known to cause excess deaths, no data is available for Sheffield)
  • 9 episodes of strong winds and 4 lightning storms causing damage to housing and schools and disrupting traffic and public transport
  • episodes of snow and ice causing disruption to public transport and traffic and schools closures

You can download the full report and find out more about Sheffield's changing climate on the City Council website.

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