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Last Updated: Thursday January 06 2011 06:28 GMT

Coldest December since records began!

Robin in the snow

We've officially just had our COLDEST December since records began 100 years ago!

The Met Office reckons this December was absolutely freezing, as across the country we shivered through temperatures that averaged -1C.

On average, temperatures in December usually hit around 4.2 degrees, so it really was a lot colder.

But at least it didn't rain - forecasters said it was also the third driest December on record.

Arctic blasts caused havoc across the UK, making it hard for people to get around in cars, planes and public transport.

Velvet swimming crabs

Thousands of crabs wash up in Kent

The big freeze also affected wildlife. In Kent, tens of thousands of crabs were killed by the cold weather, and washed up on the beach.

But globally, 2010 was one of the hottest years on record.