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A dry November ends a dry autumn in East Anglia

Sunset at Graveley in Hertfordshire on Tuesday 28 November 2017. Photo: Carla Sears

It has been the driest November for six years in the Anglia region which also made it the driest autumn for a similar period. It was also a very bright November with plenty of sunshine. The month was slightly cooler than average.

It has been particularly dry across the Anglia region for the past 17 months. Since July the Anglia region has seen 762 mm (30 inches) of rain which is more than 150 mm (5.9 inches) less than normal for that period.

Sunset over the Irthlingborough viaduct in Northamptonshire on 28 November 2017. Credit: Mervyn Wood

The highest temperature reached in the Anglia region during November 2017 was 16.3°C in Santon Downham, Suffolk on the 22nd.

The lowest temperature during the month was -4.7°C in Cavendish, Suffolk on 25th.

There was only two-thirds of the usual rainfall during November in the region with a total of 42 mm (1.7 inches) making it the driest November since 27 mm (1.1 inches) in 2011.

Autumn in the Anglia region was the driest since 2011. Credit: Joanne Joyce

Winter arrived early with widespread snow showers on 30 November which settled in a few places giving a light covering of snow.

The autumn season - made up of the months of September, October and November - was warmer than average for the fifth year in a row.

That warmth was mostly due to October being one of the warmest on record which more than balanced out September and November being colder than normal.

Stisted near Braintree in Essex - it was a mild autumn for the fifth year in a row. Credit: Peter Bash

With 122 mm (4.8 inches) of rain over the three months, it was the driest autumn in the region since 2011 when there was only 80 mm (3.1 inches).

The thirty-year average which is used to compare weather records currently is the period 1981-2010 when the Anglia region had 181 mm (7.1 inches) rainfall.

The autumn also had an average amount of sunshine.

Bedford embankment on Monday 2 October 2017. Credit: Graham Custance

During October the remnants of a former Atlantic hurricane - Ophelia - brought stormy weather to the west of the British Isles but for the eastern side of the country it was particularly mild.

The strong winds also transported sand and dust from Europe and the Sahara Desert high into the atmosphere turning the sun red during the middle of the day across Britain.

Autumn in the Anglia region was the driest for six years. Credit: Jo Clarke

If December ends up being an average month, the year 2017 in the Anglia region will end up being warmer and drier than normal with average sunshine.

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