January 7, 2016
Mildest December was a record breaker in Burnham-On-Sea area

The Burnham-On-Sea area saw its mildest December for years, it's been confirmed this week.

Brent Knoll based weather enthusiast Steve Baggs told "December’s average temperature was 11.2C, by far the warmest we have recorded (December 2011 was next warmest with 7.6C), 0.2C warmer than the previous month (which was the warmest November we have recorded), and a full 6C above normal for the time of year."

"The maximum temperature was 15.4C on the 20th, also a new December record, and the warmest day (0600-1800) was Christmas day with an average of 14.2C – which was equalled by Christmas night (1800-0600), also averaging 14.2C. These are figures we would expect to see in May or June."

"There was no air frost – the thermometer never dropped to freezing, another first for December here."

While it was mild, the Burnham area avoided the worst of the torrential rain experienced in other parts of the UK.

"Our December rainfall total was 63mm. Many places further north recorded much more than that in a day – maybe on several days – but there was no exceptional rainfall here: it rained on 25 days during the month, and the highest daily total was 15.8mm on the 30th," he says.

He added: "We arrived at the end of 2015 with the grass still growing – our second-warmest year on record with an average of 11.2C, a figure beaten only by last year which averaged 11.6C."

The highest temperature recorded during 2015 was 29.7C on 1st July, and the lowest was -3.4C on 23rd January. The rainfall total for the year was 785mm, close to the average yearly figure.


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