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So that was the summer of 2011?

Byline: NEIL ATKINSON

WE have said goodbye to the long, cold days of summer.

And the message from the weather experts is, sadly, we cannot expect much better in September.

Official figures out today confirmed that this summer is Britain's coolest in nearly 20 years.

The Met Office said the mean temperature for summer 2011 has been 13.63C (56.53F), close to 1993's 13.39C (56.1F).

That covers the period from June 1 to the end of August.

And in Huddersfield, weather expert Paul Stevens said his figures mirrored the national picture.

"It's certainly been the coldest summer since 1991 in Huddersfield," said the Salendine Nook meteorologist.

"And not only did we end with a cool August, we also had a relatively wet month, with some 65mm of rain, which is well above normal.

"A lot of that rain fell over the Bank Holiday weekend, when we also saw temperatures average just 12.4C, which is some 6 lower than average.

"The problem is we have had NW winds, which came down in a band of deep low pressure off the Greenland ice caps. It didn't move much at all and in addition to cooler days, we had clear, cold nights.

"It will warm up a little bit as we head into September, but the message seems to be warmer, wetter and windier.

"There is another hurricane building up over Bermuda and we could see the after-effects of that with strong winds and unsettled weather from the Atlantic.

"There's no real sign of an Indian summer."

Last summer's mean temperature was more than 1C higher than this summer so far at 14.65C (58.37F).

But while the summer has been wetter than last year's it has been considerably drier than 2007, 2008 and 2009, the Met Office said.

Figures show this summer has seen 267.7mm of rainfall so far, compared with 2009's 323mm. But last summer was drier, with 243.8mm of rainfall.

Across the UK in August the temperature was generally about 1C lower.

A Met Office spokeswoman said: "The amount of sunshine in August was about three-quarters of "what you would normally expect.

"It has been a changeable summer.

We have had some very hot spells such as back in June with temperatures reaching 33C. "But equally we have seen much cooler and wetter spells."

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* DRESSED FOR SUMMER? Sarah Morris (left) and Nicole Postlethwaite are all wrapped up for walking the dog. Inset: Paul Stevens
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Sep 1, 2011
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