Amy Creese, observer for the Radcliffe Meteorological Station, reads the temperature.

Amy Creese, observer for the Radcliffe Meteorological Station, reads the temperature

Oxford University researchers have recorded the second warmest November in 200 years at the Radcliffe Meteorological Station. The average temperature last month was 10.1 °C centigrade, three and a half degrees higher than the long-term average of 6.5 °C. This November's temperature has only been surpassed by 1994 when the average was 10.4 °C.

Amy Creese, a current doctoral researcher and an observer for the Radcliffe Meteorological Station, said, "This November's mildness was due to both warmer days and less cold nights. The average maximum daytime temperature was 13.2 °C, well above the long-term average of 9.9 °C, and the average night time minimum temperature was 7.4 °C, again well above the long-term figure of only 3.9 °C."

Warmer days and less cold nights in November may be part of a pattern emerging in recent years. Since 1994 Oxford has experienced 10 of the top 25 warmest Novembers in the last 200 years - and none of the 25 coldest. Indeed records show that since 1994 we have had only 2 of the coldest 50 Novembers since 1815.

In May this year the Radcliffe Station received an award from the UK Met Office in recognition of its 200th anniversary. The station, based at Green Templeton College and managed by the School of Geography and Environment, holds the longest series of temperature and rainfall records for one site in Britain, with daily full records from 1815, and less frequent observations dating as far back as 1767.