This year was UK's second-warmest ever
LONDON - The year 2011 was Britain's second-warmest ever,
the Met Office said on Friday, although temperatures in
December have in fact
been close to average.
The mean temperature so far this month has been 4.7 degrees
Celsius (40.5 degrees
Fahrenheit), 0.5 above the 1971-2000 average, a far
cry from 2010, when temperatures were 5 degrees below
average to notch up the coldest December on record.
"While it may have felt mild for many so far this December,
temperatures overall have been close to what we would expect,"
said John Prior, national
at the Met Office.
"It may be that the stark change from last year, which was
the coldest December on record for the UK, has led many to
think it has been unseasonably warm."