December 'coldest ever' in Northern Ireland
December was Northern Ireland’s coldest since records began — and Britain’s chilliest for 100 years, said the Met Office.
And while globally 2010 has been one of the warmest years on record, provisional figures show that in the UK it was the 12th coldest year in records dating back to 1910.
UK temperatures averaged 8C over the year, the Met Office said.
The average temperature for December was -1C, significantly colder than the long-term average of 4.2C and lower than the previous coldest December in 1981, when temperatures averaged 0.1C over the month. December 2010 was the coldest month in England and Wales since February 1986, the coldest in Scotland since February 1947, and in Northern Ireland it was the coldest on record.
It has emerged that the Met Office informed the Government in October that this winter would be exceptionally cold, but did not inform the public.
But although December 2010 was cold and snowy, it was also relatively dry and sunny, the Met Office said.