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2014 on track to be England's hottest year in over three centuries - 3rd December

2014 on track to be England's hottest year

2014 is set to be England’s hottest year in over 350 years, with climate change at least partly to blame. World temperatures have also been higher than average with data released on Wednesday likely to indicate a new record.

Higher temperatures bring more rain and evidently so with 2014 being England’s wettest winter in over 250 years which led to flooding across the country. Unless December turns unusually cold, 2014 will beat 1995, 2006, 1990 and 2011 as the warmest year on record. The average temperature in 2014 so far is almost 11.5C, about 1.5C higher than the long-term average.

“Looking at the averages for central England between January and November, 2014 is far and away the warmest on record so far,” said Ed Hawkins, a climate scientist at the University of Reading. “Unless there is a relatively cool December, 2014 will be the warmest, as well as one of the wettest.” He said there was only a 25% chance that 2014 would not be the hottest year.

World nations are currently gathering in Peru at UN led negotiations to agree a deal to cut carbon emissions and tackle climate change. The warmth of 2014 would end a period of relatively slow rises in global surface temperatures. Greenhouse gases have continued to trap heat with over 90% of it being absorbed by the oceans. After the warmth of 2014, surface temperatures may now accelerate again. 

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