Otter Valley Climate (1981 - 2010)

Jacob's Ladder Beach near Sidmouth.

Jacob's Ladder Beach near Sidmouth.

The Otter Valley has a climate that is described as Oceanic or Maritime Temperate where winters are mild for the latitude and the summers are warm but not hot. There is a tendency for less rainfall here along the south coast during the summer months and this can often lead to a soil moisture deficit. Places around the world that have a similar climate are the north and west coasts of France & Spain, north-western USA and south-western Canada, south-eastern coasts of Australia and all of coastal Tasmania, and most of the northern lowland parts of the south island of New Zealand. Cities of the world that have a similar climate are Seattle USA, Wellington & Christchurch NZ, Hobart in Tasmania and Santander in Spain.

  Table 1. Monthly averages and totals for the Otter Valley, Devon (1981 to 2010)*  
  Min (C) Max (C) Mean (C) Frost Days Sunshine Rainfall Rain Days >1.0 mm
Jan 3.1 8.9 6.0 7.0 66.4 82.0 12.9
Feb 2.7 8.8 5.7 7.3 81.3 61.8 10.4
Mar 4.1 11.0 7.5 3.4 117.6 63.4 10.8
Apr 5.0 13.2 9.1 1.3 166.7 60.9 10.1
May 8.2 16.6 12.4 0.0 190.7 55.8 9.7
Jun 10.9 19.4 15.2 0.0 196.8 49.7 7.7
Jul 13.1 20.9 17.0 0.0 208.2 49.1 7.8
Aug 12.9 20.7 16.8 0.0 194.6 56.8 8.3
Sep 10.9 19.1 15.0 0.0 143.3 59.7 8.7
Oct 8.6 15.2 11.9 0.3 107.4 89.0 12.4
Nov 5.5 11.8 8.7 2.3 79.7 84.1 12.7
Dec 3.3 9.3 6.3 6.2 58.6 89.8 12.6
Annual 7.4 14.6 11.0 27.8 1611.3 802.0 123.8
  *These data are an estimation of the long term average climate derived from figures taken from nearby official weather stations.  

Figure 1. Temperature and rainfall for the Otter Valley (1981 - 2010)


Figure 2. Sunshine and mean pressure for the Otter Valley (2005 - 2011).

Otter Valley Climate (2005 - 2012)

Otter Valley Climate 1981 to 2010 vs 2005 to 2012