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Incredible November Warmth for Portions of the U.S., Europe and Beyond

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The first 10 days of November 2015 have seen record-breaking warmth for many locations in Florida and elsewhere in U.S. while all-time November monthly national heat records have so far been broken in the U.K., Ireland, France, Estonia, Slovenia, and Finland. All-time record heat (for any month) was also observed in parts of Australia and French Guiana. Here is a brief summary.

 

http://www.wunderground.com/blog/weatherhistorian/incredible-november-warmth-for-portions-of-the-us-europe-and-beyond

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We set off from Capestang in France to return to 'Soggyland' via the A75 on 06.11.2015 - as we approached the start of The Massif the car thermometer showed a reading of 25C. 

 

We had mostly clear blue skies with patched of cirrus. We stopped for lunch at a service station about 20 miles north of the Millau Viaduct where the height would have been about 700 metres but it was pleasantly warm sitting outside with a temp of a little over 21C.

 

The temperatures remained in low 20's for the rest of the journey except for a small part where they dropped to 18C at the north end, still at a height of a 1000 to 1100 metres and the higher hills had kicked off a bit of Cu.

 

We stopped at Clermont Ferrand for night where the temperature where still about 20'ish C later in the afternoon.

 

The following day we set off from Clermont Ferrand with the temperature gradually rising so that by the time we reached a point 50 miles north there was a reading of 24C, though it slowly dropped back but not much, at 100 miles it was still 23C, then settled in the low 20's until we reached Rouen where it was 21C on arrival about 1700 hours that evening.

 

Once above the Loire, the cloud cover gradually increased, so that by Rouen it covered most of the sky. The following morning turned out to be misty but the temperature was still about 15C. This gradually cleared and we had some broken sunshine and at Calais the reading was 18C.

 

It was still pretty mild over the other side, though mostly cloudy. 

 

Car thermometers are not the most accurate of instruments but at the same time I believe that mine gave a pretty good indication of the temperatures and how there varied en route.

 

As far as my defective memory goes I can never recall temperatures this high at the end of the first week of November, though on the odd occasion they have reached to mid to upper teens in the south of England.

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The Australian records mentioned in the blog post were not significant; I am surprised they were mentioned together with the European records which undoubdetdly were. This time of year is usually the hottest period in the Top End tropics before the monsoon sets in. Only 2 places set a new record , Middle Point ( records since 2001 ) and Pirlangimpi ( records since 1963 ).    

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