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Winter the warmest in parts of England since 1869

England has just had its warmest winter since 1869.

With temperatures this winter hitting 6.7C (44.06F), only the high of 6.8C (44.2F) reached in 1869 has been warmer, the Met Office said.

The figures, which cover an area over the middle of England, are from the central England temperature series whose records date back to 1659.

It has also been the warmest winter for the whole of England and Wales in records dating back to 1910.

The mean temperature in the UK this winter was 5.5C (41.9F), helped by temperatures of more than 2C (35.6F) above long-term averages particularly in the south.

The mean temperature reached 6.5C (43.7F) in England, 6.4C (43.52F) in Wales, 3.6C (38.48F) in Scotland and 5.3C (41.54F) in Northern Ireland.

Only the winter of 2013/2014 where 545mm was recorded was wetter in the UK.

The extreme downpours which lashed many northern and western regions in December and January helped to record a rainfall total for the UK of over 529 mm, well above the long term winter average of 330.4mm.

These are the only two years with rainfall totals exceeding 500mm. The next wettest is 1995 with 485mm, the Met Office said.

Just parts of East Anglia and eastern England did not see above average rainfall this winter.

People in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have all endured the wettest winter for those regions on record.

Wales saw 778mm or rain beating the previous record of 726mm while 780mm fell in Scotland beating its previous record of 744mm. Both Wales and Scotland's previous highest rainfalls were recorded in 2013/2014. Northern Ireland had 508mm or rain beating the 489mm which fell in 1994.

Only parts of East Anglia and eastern England did not see above average rainfall.

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