2022 is the UK’s hottest year on record

“2022 will be the hottest year on record for the UK. While many will remember the scorching heat of the summer, what is remarkable about this year is the relatively constant temperature throughout the year,” Mark McCarthy of the Met Office said in a statement.

The average temperature for the year will be known in January, but it will exceed the previous record set in 2014 (9.88 degrees Celsius), according to provisional data.

Each of the four seasons this year was among the ten warmest on record since national records were set in 1884, according to the Met Office, based on its provisional data, which is standardized as the year passes.

Ten warmest years

The ten hottest years on record have been recorded since 2003, the press release noted. “The warm year is consistent with the actual impacts we expect from human-induced climate change,” McCarthy added.

2022 started with a record temperature on January 1, with London recording over 16 degrees. Every month of the year — except December — experienced above-normal average temperatures later in the season, it added.

July saw temperatures exceed 40 degrees for the first time in the UK, making it the driest month on record in many parts of southern and eastern England, forcing authorities to introduce travel restrictions.

Reservoirs have almost dried up this summer, like one near Huddersfield in northern England.

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