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2022 was the warmest year ever, Met Office confirms


During this time all four nations documented heat records, with England experiencing the highest average temperature at 10.94C, followed by Wales (10.23C), Northern Ireland (9.85C) and Scotland (8.50C). Dr Mark McCarthy, Head of the Met Office National Climate Information Centre, acknowledged the temperature record as “notable” yet expected given that since “1884 all of the 10 years recording the highest annual temperatures have occurred from 2003.”

For Dr Mark McCarthy, these rising temperatures are part of a bigger picture, providing clear evidence that “human-induced global warming is already impacting the UK’s climate.” An attribution study conducted by Met Office scientists supports this claim, revealing that what would have been around a 1-in-500-year annual temperature in a natural climate, where human influences are removed, is now three to four times more likely in the current climate.

In correlation with this warmer weather, a series of heatwaves throughout June caused the UK to experience its fourth hottest summer on record, with temperatures surpassing the 40C mark for the first time. This resulted in the Met Office issuing its first-ever red warning for extreme heat as the weather damaged crops, fuelled wildfires and dried up rivers causing drought throughout areas of England.

Worryingly, as global annual temperatures continue to rise, the Met Office has warned that the UK will continue experiencing more extreme weather. It is predicted that by 2100, 40C days could occur triennially, with average temperatures of 10C happening every year.


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