1. ITV Report

October set to be among warmest and driest on record

A beautiful autumn sunrise through the trees near Chicksands in Bedfordshire Photo: Darren Harris

October 2017 is likely to be among the warmest and driest on record in the Anglia region.

Temperatures throughout the month have been well above average and by the 28th there had been very little rain.

It has been rather cloudy though with sunshine totals below normal for the time of year.

Plenty of sunshine at Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire on 27 October 2017. Credit: John Challis

Up to 28 October, the average daytime maximum temperature in the Anglia region was 16½°C, which is nearly 2°C warmer than normal.

Despite a few chilly nights recently, overnight minimum temperatures have also been above average. The night time lows have been around 10°C when 6-7°C is nearer normal in October.

October has been rather mild in recent years with a record set in 2001 when the combined maximum and minimum mean temperature was 13.9°C.

The mean temperature in the Anglia region in October 2017 from 1st-28th is 13.2°C putting the month among the ten warmest since records began in 1910.

Beautiful golden leaves leading up the path on Roydon Common near King's Lynn in Norfolk. Credit: Julie Smart
Highest temperature in the Anglia region in October 2017 recorded at Weybourne, Norfolk on 16th

The month has also been rather dry with less than half the expected amount of rain for October.

An average October in the Anglia region would normally have 65 mm (2.6 inches) of rain.

However up until 10am on 28 October, the area had little more than 17 mm (0.7 inches)

A stunning sunset on 26 October just off the A11 at Ketteringham in Norfolk. Credit: Steven Cadge

Sunshine has been in short supply during October.

The Anglia region would expect to get a daily average of 3¾ hours of sunshine in October but this month it has so far averaged only a little more than three hours per day.

More on this story