December was most notable for benign weather, totally in contrast to last December which saw snowfall.
The mean temperature finished 7.3C, 1.7C above average, the mildest December for three years though still over 3C cooler than that record breaking December
Some 60.4mm of rainfall was recorded, 114 per cent of the 1981-2010 average, over 20mm less than last year.
Some 39 hours of sunshine were recorded, that’s 97 per cent of average, duller than last year.
Five air frosts were recorded though only one was colder than -1C.
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