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Only 36.6 hours of sunshine in 'dullest November for 86 years'

The UK has endured its dullest November for 86 years, the Met Office said.

According to provisional statistics, there were only 36.6 hours of sunshine recorded last month - just under two thirds of the long-term average.

The Met office said November 2015 was also mild. The UK's mean temperature was 8.2C (46.8F) - two above the November average - and it was the third warmest on record in England.

Wales experienced its second warmest November, with forecasters pointing out a temperature of 22.4C (72.3F) was recorded at Trawsgoed, Ceredigion, at the beginning of the month.

Residents in that region can also boast having experienced the sunniest day, with almost a full nine hours recorded at Aberporth on November 1.

The lowest minimum temperature for November was -5.6C (21.9F), recorded at Benson, South Oxfordshire, while the deepest snow - 9cm (3.5in) - fell at Aviemore in the Highlands of Scotland on Monday.

Forecasters said there had been an absence of frosts, aside from a marked three-day cold snap from November 21.

The Met Office said: "This has led to the low levels of sunshine, especially in the south and west of the UK."

Rainfall was above average across most areas.

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