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News release

Warmest autumn on record - confirmed

1 December 2006

The Met Office confirms that the autumn 2006 has been the warmest in the last 347 years across central parts of the UK.

Central England Temperature records dating back to 1659 are the longest instrumental temperature records in the world, and autumn 2006 has been warmer than any equivalent autumn since then. The provisional mean temperature this year was 12.6 °C. The previous highest figure for the equivalent period was 11.8 °C, recorded in 1730 and 1731.

The provisional UK-wide mean temperature for autumn was 11.3 °C, beating the previous record set in 2001 of 10.5 °C, in a temperature series that began in 1914.

Details of the UK figures
 
2006 mean autumn temperature
Previous record
Year of previous record
UK
11.3
10.5
2001
England
12.4
11.3
2005
Northern Ireland
10.8
10.7
2001
Scotland
9.8
9.2
2001
Wales
11.4
10.9
1959

The current Met Office winter forecast indicates a continuation of the mild theme, with a higher probability of above average temperatures during the combined December, January and February period.

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