October 2016 ended with a flourish


Knightshayes near Tiverton in Devon (31 October 2016)

The Central England Temperatures [CET] for October 2016 ended up with a bit of a flourish, and what looked liked being a very average month in terms of temperature, ended up a little bit on the warm side. The monthly mean was 11.05°C, which made it +0.54°C above the 1961-1990 long-term average, and the 36th warmest October since 1659 in Central England. I have got egg on my face with this month ending up warmer than average, because I was convinced when it started that it was going to be a cold month in general – my advice to anyone who is reading this is – never trust an analog.


There have been many warm October’s since the 1950’s and this is just one more of them. October is quietly becoming less of an autumn month as the years go by and more of a summer one.


As you can see in the chart below the last week of October was not only warm by day, it was even warmer by night, which pushed the overall mean temperature up that bit higher.




About xmetman

I am an exmetman who is passionate about all things to do with weather and climate. I have no axe to grind, and am continually upsetting people on both sides of the global warming debate with the articles that I publish, hell, I'm even banned from commenting on the Met Office's own blog! What I do fight for is the freeing up of climate, observational and forecast data collected and created on our behalf by the Meteorological Office.
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