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Mild November ends one of the sunniest autumns on record in East Anglia

November 2018 was mild and sunny with less rain than normal ending what was very close to being the sunniest autumn on record in East Anglia.

November 2018 in the Anglia region was milder, drier and sunnier than normal. Credit: Michael Kemp

For the third year in a row it was a sunny November with 20% more sunshine than normal.

Every month since April has been sunnier than average in the Anglia region and the three months of autumn were among the sunniest on record.

The sunshine total for September to November in East Anglia region was 429 hours - nearly one hundred hours more than the thirty-year average of 326 hours.

Autumn 2018 was the second sunniest since records began in East Anglia in 1929. But it was only just behind the record holder, which is autumn 2003 with 430 hours.

It is possible than autumn 2018 is close to breaking the record for the sunniest ever in East Anglia. Credit: Bill Hiskett

Temperatures were above average in November in the Anglia region for the first time in three years. It was drier than normal for the second consecutive year.

The rainfall total for the Anglia region in November was 42 mm (1.7 inches) which was 70% of the normal total for the month of 61 mm (2.4 inches).

Autumn was warmer than normal for the sixth year running and drier than normal for four years in a row. Generally autumn temperatures were 0.5°C higher than the 30-year average.

The rainfall total in the Anglia region for the three months of autumn from September to November was 128 mm (5 inches). That was less than three-quarters of the usual rainfall expected during the season.

July and October 2018 have already been the sunniest on record in East Anglia. Credit: Joanne Joyce

It was already a sunnier than average year by 1st October when the normal annual sunshine total was reached. So every hour of sunshine since that day has been adding to the annual surplus.

Every month of the year so far, except March and April, has been sunnier than normal. Two months broke all-time records for East Anglia - July with 292.1 hours and October with 162.8 hours.

Autumn 2018 was among the sunniest on record in East Anglia. Credit: Chris Mitchell
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Highest temperature in the Anglia region in November 2018 recorded at Buxton, Norfolk on the 6th
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Lowest temperature in the Anglia region in November 2018 recorded at Woburn, Beds on the 22nd

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