UK has second warmest year on record in 2011

January 1st, 2012 by Met Office Hadley Centre

The UK had the second warmest year on record in 2011.

banana plants growing in St Peter Port, Guernsey (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

All the UK’s top seven warmest years have occurred in the last decade, with 2006 leading the list.

The UK experienced the warmest April and Spring on record, and the second warmest Autumn in 2011.

The highest single-day temperature for October was broken with the temperature reaching 29.9° in Gravesend, Kent on 1 October.

There have been some marked variations in rainfall in 2011, with Scotland having its wettest year on record with 1859.5 mm of rain.

However, other parts of the UK were very dry.  East Anglia had its second driest year on record with 449 mm of rain and the Midlands its third driest year on record with 586.5 mm.


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