Autumn was third warmest on record

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The autumn of 2014 was the third warmest since records began according to the Met Office’s latest figures.

The figures are calculated by combining the months of September, October and November and give a mean average temperature of 12.5C degrees celsius for this year’s period.

Only the figures for 2006, which had an average temperature of 12.8C and 2011, which averaged 12.7 degrees, have been higher than the 2014 figure since records began in 1947.

Autumn sunshine was approximately 10 per cent above the long term average and rainfall levels were only 10 per cent greater than normal despite a very wet October, thanks in part to the dry September.

The figures show that last month was the fourth mildest November on record, with the average temperature measuring exactly 10 degrees celsius against the long term average of 8.6C for the same period.

The highest temperature of 15C was recorded on November 1, while the evening of November 5 saw the lowest air temperature of 3.3C and the only grass frost of the month.

Despite a very wet start to the month, the total rainfall figure of 88.7mm is 14 per cent below the November average thanks to drier spells at the end of the month.

The wettest day was November 6, with 15.7mm of rainfall recorded at Ronaldsway.

There were 63 hours of bright sunshine during the month, which is close to the long term average.

The mean wind speed of 15.9 miles per hour was slightly below normal for the time of year.

The strongest winds were recorded on the November 1, with a gust of 56mph detected at the airport.

There were no observations of thunderstorms, hail or fog during the month.

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