November 2010 proved to be a most interesting month, weather-wise. The first ten days were wet, windy and warm with a maximum of 16.6°C on the 4th and the warmest night on the 5th when the thermometer did not drop below 13.4°C although the mean minimum for this month is 3.6°C. The wettest day of the month occurred on the 7th with 10.5mm although 80% of the total rainfall fell by the 12th. The contrast began on the 18th as the winds backed into an easterly then northerly direction for the remainder of the month. The maximum on the 28th was -1.1°C followed by the coldest night when the thermometer fell to -5.8°C in the early hours of the 29th. The mean temperature was 1.7°C below the long-term average and the rainfall was 71% of the long-term average.
A number of records were broken this month, since my records began in 1984, with the warmest November day (16.6°C) and the coldest November day (-1.1°C). It was the coldest November since 1993 and the third coldest I have recorded. There were 65 continuous hours of below zero temperatures.
The Autumn of 2010 was the coldest since 1991 being 0.9°C below the long-term average. The total rainfall of 188mm was 77% of the long-term average.