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The exceptionally mild start to the month continued on Wednesday and Thursday but Friday was the first time this month that the temperature didn’t make it into double figures 10°C (50°F). Friday managed 7.6°C (45.7°F) which felt cold but it’s still fairly good for December.
We had a trip out around York on Thursday. The river Wharfe looked like it had been in flood although it was back within it’s banks as we crossed over it on the A64.
I don’t think they’re going to be playing football on these pitches at the weekend.
Saturday morning has started with more rain falling. The forecast is for rain, sleet or snow for most of the day.
This is where the rain, sleet and snow is falling at 10:30 on Saturday morning.
Saturday 12 December 2015
Saturday was wet. It rained for all the daylight hours and it’s now the wettest December day I’ve recorded with 20.0mm or 0.79”.
It also moved into the top twenty wettest days I’ve recorded.
It was also the coldest December day this year but I’m not going to bother with the figures as Sunday looks like it will be even cooler as the temperature hovers around freezing point as lunchtime approaches.
Sunday and Monday 13/14 December 2015
Hot and Cold Decembers
As I expected Sunday turned out to be the coldest day of the month. The highest temperature reached was 5.2°C (41.4°F) with a low of
-0.6°C (30.9°F) producing a daily average of 2.6°C (36.7°F).
It's certainly been a very mild start to December and I thought comparing the temperatures with December 2010 which was exceptionally cold might be interesting.
Blue Line Temperature for December 2010 and Red Line Temperature for December 2015
So each month began quite differently this year very mild compared to 2010 which was very cold. We seem to have arrived at a time towards the middle of the month where there isn't too much to choose between them. December 2010 had a real cold snap leading up to Christmas. The temperature plummeted down to around -10.5°C (13.1°F) and most things froze solid whether they were inside or out.
Bird Bath 13 December 2010
So far this month our bird bath has remained ice free apart from Sunday morning when it had a light covering. Back in 2010 the bird bath looked like it had been stored in the freezer for a few weeks.
Here's hoping that the mild weather continues as if nothing else it keeps the heating bills down.