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Last Updated: Friday, 12 October 2007, 17:36 GMT 18:36 UK
Colder September after early sun
By Louise Batchelor
BBC Scotland Environment Correspondent

After rain all summer, September began as it meant to carry on, with beautiful sunshine in many places.

People drinking in the September sunshine
T-shirts were the order of the day early in the month

In Haddington, East Lothian people were basking in the sunshine at the beginning of the month - fetching their t-shirts just as it seemed time to pack them away for the winter.

According to the Met Office, temperatures across Scotland for the whole month were on or above the seasonal norm, though there were some cold spots.

However, despite the sun early on Scotland had its coldest September since 1994 and a weather station in Strathclyde recorded a temperature below freezing at the end of the month - minus 3.6 C on 27 September.

'Mixed bag'

At the same time, it was drier than the long-term average, especially across the central belt which had five days less rain than usual.

Dr Dan Barlow, acting director of WWF Scotland, said: "For most of us September was a mixed bag of some nice sunshine and some early autumn chill.

Tractor in country lane. Pic by Christina Ross, from Alness
Although September started with sun it was colder than recent years

"Thankfully after the wet summer suffered by many in Scotland, we had a lower than average rainfall."

Dr Barlow said that despite the average temperatures this month, 2007 remained on course to be among the warmest years ever recorded, adding that the Met Office was forecasting another mild winter.

"Climate change is a reality, tackling it will require action across a number of sectors," he said.

"With power generation responsible for a third of Scotland's climate emissions, last week's announcement of a parliamentary inquiry into energy issues has a key role in informing the Scottish Energy Strategy."

He said this should ensure that the sector delivered cuts in line with the proposed Scottish Climate bill target to reduce Scotland's emissions by 80% by 2050.

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