Winter arrives - but it's not cold
Winter has officially arrived, but the country has enjoyed one of the warmest run-ups to the season on record.
So far, the woolly jumpers and cosy coats have hardly been needed, but this time last year snow covered vast swathes of the country.
Weather experts said both November and the three-month autumn period from September to November were the second warmest since records began.
Stephen Davenport of MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "The Central England Temperature (CET) for the autumn quarter was 12.5C, some 2.1C above the long-term average.
"This made this the second warmest autumn, just behind that of 2006, in the entire 352-year-long record."
Meteorologists consider autumn to last from September to November, and winter from December to February.
Last November the CET figure was a chilly 5.1C, but this year the average figure was 9.7C, which was 2.8C above the long-term mean, making it the second warmest since 1659.