Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that there were 1,700 more deaths in the winter months of 2013-14 when compared to the average number of deaths in last year's summer months.
This is a 38 per cent drop on the 2,750 excess winter deaths in the 2012-13 financial year.
Across the whole of England and Wales there were 18,200 excess winter deaths in 2013-14, the lowest that this figure has ever been since records began in 1950. It was also a 42 per cent drop on the 31,280 excess winter deaths that were recorded in the winter months of the 2012-13 financial year.
One of the reasons why excess winter deaths fell so sharply last winter was thanks to the relatively warm weather enjoyed across the country. The average winter temperature for 2013-14 was 6.2 degrees according the Office for National Statistics, far warmer than the 3.4 degrees celsius average winter temperature for 2012-13.
As normal, the vast majority of people (87 per cent) who are counted in the excess winter deaths figures were over the age of 64 with women more likely to die than men.