Second warmest Autumn on record
Autumn has turned out to be the second warmest on record, beaten only by autumn 2006 on a Met Office dataset that dates back to 1910. November itself was also narrowly pushed into second place, only beaten by November 1994.
More impressively, based on the much longer CET dataset, which has run since 1659, provisional figures also show that autumn and November were the second warmest on record.
Locally, Linton on Ouse had their warmest November on record.
It was also very dry in eastern areas, with Coningsby in Lincolnshire and Leconfield in East Yorkshire both experiencing their driest November since records began.
The exceptional November ends a very interesting 12 months across the UK, which has seen extremely polarised weather condtions at times.
December 2010 was the coldest since 1890, and the second coldest on record (CET dataset which began in 1659). April 2011 was the warmest on record; with the UK breaking its October record for the highest temperature recorded both locally and nationally.
As we begin December, the jet stream is exactly where it should be at this time of the year, with westerly winds set to continue.
This means any cold snaps are likely to be short lived.
More importantly the much hyped extreme cold and snowy weather, forecast by several private weather companies for December, seems as far away as ever.