The data are provide in CF-1.5 compliant NetCDF format. The data are additionally provided in ESRI-ascii format, suitable for ingestion in GIS applications.
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This dataset contains a set of reference long term averages for observed climate variables on a 5km resolution grid. Where possible, reference climatologies are available for the periods 1961-1990, 1971-2000 and 1981-2010 for each variable. The availability of the variable for the given reference period was dependant on sufficient data being available for the variable for that period. The data were derived from the Met Office gridded land surface climate observations - monthly variables at 5km resolution (see related dataset). The averages are calculated by averaging the 30 monthly or annual gridded datasets for each variable for each averaging period. The data are provide in CF-1.5 compliant NetCDF format. The data are additionally provided in ESRI-ascii format, suitable for ingestion in GIS applications.