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Mon 6th Dec 2010: Record cold continues. Update 3.

Paul Hudson | 17:14 UK time, Monday, 6 December 2010

Update at 10pm

Waddington in South Lincolnshire has had its coldest December day on record (Tue Dec 7th) with minus 4.8C. This beats the previous December record of minus 4.0C in both December 1962 and 1967.

UPDATE at 3pm

I can now confirm that Leeming in North Yorkshire had its coldest December day on record yesterday at minus 6.6C.

Last night Scampton in Lincolnshire recorded its coldest December night on record, with minus 15.6C. This beats the previous record which was set....last week!


UPDATE at 7am

Some will have noticed last night I changed some of the contents of this blog. The observer at Dishforth realised we had confused daytime maximum temperature records between 0900hrs and 2100hrs with the records that apply to the 24 hour time period ending 9am this morning, and until that time period is up we will not know if the sites originally mentioned have established new records.


There are 5 stations in the Vale of York that are used for climate purposes by the Met Office. Topcliffe, Church Fenton, Dishforth, Leeming and Linton on Ouse. Some stations have interrupted records, but combining all the sites allows us to look back at the climate of the Vale of York to 1932.

Based on all the combined temperature records, the previous 0900 to 2100hrs coldest maximum temperature record in the Vale of York was held by Linton on Ouse with minus 7.5C in December 1981. This has today been equalled by Dishforth, also with minus 7.5C.

So its been the equal coldest December day in the Vale of York since records began in 1932.

Other records may have been set, but we will have to wait for the 24 hour data which comes in at 9am in the morning to confirm this.

Scampton in Lincolnshire has experienced its coldest December day on record with minus 5.5C. Records here go back to the early 1950's.

Thanks to the Met Office Observer at Dishforth for clarifying this with me this evening!


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