UK Met Office: Dec. 2011 not unseasonably warm; Dec. 2010 was unseasonably cold

A cooler head in the UK Met Office in the wake of “extreme weather” in the UK.

The Daily Mail reports,

Winds of up to 106mph battered Britain yesterday, bringing death and destruction as many returned to work after the Christmas holidays…

John Prior, national climate manager at the Met Office, said: ‘While it may have felt mild for many so far this December, temperatures overall have been close to what we would expect.

‘It may be that the stark change from last year, which was the coldest December on record for the UK, has led many to think it has been unseasonably warm’…

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