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Warmest November since 1994

(20 December 2006)

This year saw the 4th warmest November on record at Durham since records began in 1850, say the weather watchers at Durham University.

Professor Tim Burt of Durham University’s Geography Department said “Average maximum and minimum temperatures were well above the long-term average for the month at 11.1 oC. November was the 4th warmest on record since 1850, the warmest since 1994 (the record holder at 8.4 oC) and only otherwise exceeded in 1899 and 1938.” As a result 2006 has had the warmest autumn on record at Durham since records began, beating the previous record set in 2001 by a massive 0.9 oC. It was a sunnier month than usual, with levels recorded as higher even than October. There have been a total of 78.9 hours of sunshine which is 12.8 hours more than would be expected for November. However, despite all the warm weather, November has also brought with it some strong winds (an incredible 74.1km/h on the 22nd of November) and high levels of rainfall – though not any more than we are used to in the North East! The unusually high autumn temperatures recorded in November follow on from similarly unusually high temperatures recorded in Durham during July. July temperatures were the highest ever recorded for that month with temperatures exceeding 30 oC for the first time since August 1995.

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