SCARBOROUGH has enjoyed one of the warmest run-ups to winter on record.
The scenes have been a far cry from this time last year, when Scarborough was in a deep freeze as an Arctic blast struck with a vengeance.
The town was hit by snow showers with temperatures falling to -2C (28F), keeping some residents indoors and leaving motorists to navigate treacherous roads and pedestrians negotiating icy paths.
Trains to Leeds and Hull from Scarborough were cancelled and bus services severely delayed.
But weather experts say both November and the three-month autumn period from September to November 2011 were the second warmest since records began.
Stephen Davenport of MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: “The Central England Temperature 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.