The following story from the Met Office/BBC seems to point to a lack of surface weather stations rather then a record warm year, see Surface Temperature Records: Policy Driven Deception written by Anthony Watts & Joe D'Aleo
. See also, the graph that shows this issue A Graph to Debunk AGW
- the less surface stations the more temperature increase!...GR
This year was the second warmest on record for the UK, the Met Office says.
Provisional figures show that only 2006, with an average temperature of 9.73C (49.5F), was warmer than 2011's average temperature of 9.62C (49.3F).
This year saw high temperatures for lengthy periods; including the warmest April and spring on record, the second warmest autumn and the warmest October day.
Early figures suggest 2011 is ending with a "close to average" December.