The wettest October since at least 1797 was recorded last month with some 159.2mm collected, 238 per cent of average.
The month started wet with the daily October rainfall record also broken with 49.1mm on the 2nd, the wettest day ever recorded in the UK.
With all that rain sunshine was at a premium; the 51.6hrs recorded was the second lowest October total since 1881. Only 1894 was duller.
The monthly mean was 11.7C, 0.1C below average.
Does any of the above have any bearing on what we can expect this winter? Possibly, but there are so many variables to consider.
Looking at rainfall patterns alone would suggest mean temperatures in November being a degree cooler than average and December broadly average.
Rainfall in November average while December is slightly below.