Autumn 2006 was the warmest for 347 years, according to figures from the Met Office.
In Central England the provisional mean temperature this year was 12.6 °C. The previous highest figure for the equivalent period was 11.8 °C, recorded in 1730 and 1731.
The provisional UK-wide mean temperature for autumn was 11.3 °C, beating the previous record set in 2001 of 10.5 °C, in a temperature series that began in 1914.
The current Met Office winter forecast indicates a continuation of the mild theme, with a higher probability of above average temperatures during December, January and February.
| DETAILS OF THE UK FIGURES
|2006 mean autumn temperature||Previous record||Year of previous record|
|Northern Ireland||10.8||10.7|| 2001|