Past Year One of New England’s Warmest

January 6, 2011 Updated: January 6, 2011

BOSTON—The past year, 2010, fell short of the warmest year in New England’s history by 0.8 degrees. It was the fifth warmest year in recorded history with an average temperature of 49.2 degrees.

The data comes from the Northeast Regional Climate Center (NRCC) in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University.

The warmest year in New England during the past 116 years of weather recordkeeping was in 1998. In that year, the average daily temperature was 50 degrees.

Although the region did not break the record, five New England cities were ranked as having their warmest years on record. They were: Hartford, Conn.; Caribou, Maine; Boston Mass.; Concord, N.H.; and Providence, R.I. Among these five cities, Boston was the warmest with an average daily temperature of 53.8 degrees.