Impacts across Derbyshire
The UK climate is continuing to warm, affecting weather patterns around the world.
Derby and Derbyshire has seen recent serious events:
- February 2019 – hottest ever February on record of 20.6 degrees Celcius which led to heather and grassland fires on High Peak moorlands.
- July 2019 – heatwave across Britain. People cooled off in the River Derwent at Chatsworth, resulting in a spike in gastro-intestinal illness.
- August 2019 – extreme rainfall resulted in a severe threat to the stability of Toddbrook Reservoir and a potential threat to life and property in Whaley Bridge.
- November 2019 to February 2020 – high rainfall during the main winter months resulted in extensive flooding of towns and villages. The River Derwent rose to its highest ever recorded level, coming very close to an evacuation of Derby city centre.
In Derby, over the next ten to twenty years, we will experience more frequent and more extreme weather events. These will include: high winds, intense periods of rainfall, flooding, storms; and higher summer day-time and night-time temperatures. Further details can be found on the UK Climate Projections website.
Information and advice about climate change adaptation can be found on the UKCIP website.