December values of the longest instrumental record in the world (CET – Central England) are just in.
December 2010 was the second-coldest December in the entire history dating back to 1659 (including the Little Ice Age.) Only Dec 1890 was colder (by a slim 0.1 deg C). [Update” Paul Hudson
While 2010 worldwide is nudging 1998 for warmest year in the three major land temperature indices, 2010 was the 6th coldest CET year since 1950.
Update: Paul Hudson of the BBC made exactly the same observation about December 2010 here.