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Central England Temperature (CET) has been recorded since 1659. The CET temperature in 2014 was the warmest on record; slightly higher than the previous record in 2006 and more than a degree warmer than 2013.
Temperatures for most of 2016 were at least slightly warmer than average. The annual mean temperature for 2016 was 9.3oC, 0.5oC above the 1981-2010 average. 2016 was somewhat sunnier and less rainy than average.
September 2016 temperatures were 2.0oC above average. It was the equal-second warmest September in the series from 1910 (beaten only by 2006), but November was the coldest since 2010.
Winter 2016/17 was particularly dry and mild. The second half of February was mild and quite disturbed, including two of the winter's five 'named storms': Storm Doris and Storm Ewan.
Summer 2017 was wetter than average: it provisionally ranks as the ninth wettest summer since 1910. It was warmer than average until the second half of July, and cooler than average after that.
Commons Briefing papers SN04319
Authors: Paul Bolton; Elise Uberoi
Topic: Climate change