Mild weather in the UK is set to last through at least the start of next week, following some of the warmest early November weather on record.
Temperatures on average through next Monday will reach 2 to 4 degrees C above normal, forecasters at AccuWeather.com believe.
Flowers, insects and birds have been among the lifeforms observed showing unusual patterns of behavior, in light of average temperatures for central England about 3 degrees C above normal, the UK's Daily Mail said on Monday.
The UK Met Office pegged average central England temperature for the first half of November at 10.7 degrees C, or 51 F.
Weather data collected by AccuWeather.com show that, in London (Heathrow Airport), the average November temperature as of Nov. 13 was 12.1 degrees C (53.8 F), or 3.7 degrees C (6.7 F) above normal. This would be comparable to normal weather during the first half of May or early October.
Highest November temperature so far was 18 degrees C, or 64 F.
According to the Daily Mail, some flowers have bloomed a second time, apparently spurred to do so by the warmth. Crickets, grasshoppers and frogs have been heard calling. Bees have been sighted collecting nectar.
Continuing warmth rivaling that of the month thus far could put November 2011 into the books as one of the warmest ever. Already, 2011 has had the sixth warmest September on record followed by the eighth warmest October, the Daily Mail said.
Stubborn southerly and southeasterly wind flow has helped to underpin the unseasonal warmth, AccuWeather.com forecasters believe.
Strong thunderstorms are impacting areas from Texas to Louisiana with large hail, damaging winds and a risk of tornadoes.
Severe storms, some capable of producing tornadoes, will threaten communities across northeastern Texas, northwestern Louisiana and Arkansas into Tuesday night.
The same storm system responsible for producing violent thunderstorms in Oklahoma recently will reach the Atlantic Seaboard Thursday.
While additional strong thunderstorms will roll through through portions of tornado-ravaged Oklahoma Tuesday, the risk of tornadoes has diminished.
The atmospheric severe weather engine began firing on all cylinders this past weekend and reached full speed Monday over Oklahoma.
Preliminary reports are calling it an EF-4 tornado that has caused numerous fatalities and injuries in Moore, Okla.
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