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Another mild winter and the driest for 11 years

A mild and dry winter season in the Anglia region in 2016/17. Photo: Ann Boorman

The Anglia region has enjoyed its fourth mild winter in a row and it has been the driest for 11 years.

Provisional weather data for the winter months of December, January and February show that temperatures in the region were about 1°C above average with daytime highs around 8°C.

The region had less than three-quarters of the normal winter rainfall making it the driest since 2005/06.

108 mm
Winter rainfall in the Anglia region in 2016/17
189 hrs
Winter sunshine in the Anglia region in 2016/17
Blue skies at Ramsey St Mary in Cambridgeshire on 20 February 2017. Credit: Chris Mitchell

The Anglia region saw 108 mm (4.3 inches) of rain between December and February which is 39 mm less than an average winter season.

It was the dullest winter in the region since 2012/13 with sunshine totals slightly lower than normal.

If the sunshine had been evenly spread across every day of winter there would have been 2 hours and 6 minutes per day. The long-term average is 2 hours 12 minutes per day.

Winter rainfall across the south of Britain was below average in 2016/17. Credit: Met Office

The Met Office says across the UK it has been the ninth mildest winter on record.

  • The mildest day in the Anglia region in winter 2016/17 was 20 February when in reached 17.7°C at Buxton in Norfolk.
  • The coldest night in the Anglia region in winter 2016/17 was 22 January when the thermometer dropped to -8.0°C at Writtle in Essex.
  • The wettest day in the Anglia region in winter 2016/17 was 10 December when 20.6 mm of rain fell at Woburn in Bedfordshire in the 24 hours from 9am.
There was little snow during the mild winter of 2016/17 but this was Norwich on 15 January 2017. Credit: Rosemary Peters

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