What are the windiest, hottest and coldest parts of Merseyside?

From hailstones and gale-force winds in summer, to roasting hot days in April, this year's weather forecast has seen some real extremes.

Some areas in Merseyside have felt the good and bad weather more than others – but which areas are the windiest, coldest and hottest?

We asked the Met Office about Merseyside’s changing climate, and got to the bottom of which areas have the most bracing conditions.

A forecaster from the Met Office told the ECHO: “There’s several factors going on. With a location like Merseyside, the Irish Sea obviously has an influence.

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“And areas which are closer to the the Irish Sea will tend to be cooler in summer and warmer in winter, because that body of water, like any large extension of the sea, will help the keep the climate buffered against extremes.

“That’s a bit like a pendulum, which can moderate the climate. And then obviously with the built-up areas around Liverpool itself you’ll obviously have what we call the ‘urban heat island effect’.

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“That’s where you get building, concrete and tarmac and surfaces which tend to retain heat during the day and radiate it more slowly at night.

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“You would expect a degree or two difference in the city areas, compared with the suburbs for example.

“Also, being half-way up Britain, you’re going to be middle placed in terms of temperatures and things like that. Rainfall is something which is effected by being near the coast too, and the direction which weather systems from from too.”

A Met Office weather station is located in Crosby, which measures the temperatures in our region as well as the amount of rainfall.

But, figures given to the ECHO from previous weather stations recording the amount of rainfall and wind in each area does indicate where the windiest, coldest and hottest parts of our region could be.

West Kirby previously came out on top as the hottest location in Merseyside.

The Met Office’s weather station at West Kirby Park did record an average daily maximum temperature of 14.03C in 2017.

Speke, St Helens and Aigburth also saw warmer temperatures, which could be down to something called the “urban heat island effect” described above.

Here are all the temperatures recorded at each Merseyside weather station, from hottest to coldest:

West Kirby 14.03

Speke 13.88

Aigburth 13.71

St Helens 13.49

Rainhill 13.45

Crosby 13.16

Bidston 13.06

(Temperatures are based on an annual average of the daily maximum temperature)

In temperatures recorded for that year, 2017, St Helens was the wettest location on Merseyside.

There was some variation between the different locations when it came to rainfall, but according to a MET Office spokesperson there’s nothing that can really explain why.

On such a localised level, any difference between areas could be down to one really heavy shower, because a day of rainfall pushing through Merseyside should affect each area equally.

However, West Kirby saw less rainfall than any other area on Merseyside – and this could be down to the shelter it has from Wales.

A Met Office spokesperson said West Kirby is protected from south-westerly rain by Snowdonia.

Here’s all the rainfall recorded at each Merseyside weather station, from wettest to driest:

St Helens 960.77

Rainhill 886.33

Crosby 836.6

Speke 799.88

West Kirby 742.36mm

Bidston 742.09

For windspeed, only two of the MET Office weather stations on Merseyside recorded it, so it’s not possible to definitively say which area is the windiest.

However, there was a fairly big difference between Speke and Crosby, the two stations which recorded any readings.

Speke’s mean windspeed for the year was 10.1mph, compared with 13.5mph in Crosby.

A Met Office spokesman explained that this difference between the two locations could be down to Crosby being more exposed on the coast.

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