2022 Set To Be UK’s Hottest 12 months On File

2022 Set To Be UK's Hottest Year On Record

The UK skilled a number of intense heatwaves this yr. (File)


British consultants on Wednesday mentioned 2022 was set to be the UK’s warmest on file after a yr of a number of heatwaves alongside minimal rainfall.

This yr had the “highest annual average temperature across the UK, exceeding the previous record set in 2014 when the average was 9.88 degrees Celsius (49.78 degrees Fahrenheit)”, the Met Workplace, the UK’s meteorological authority, mentioned in an announcement.

The determine for 2022 can be introduced later.

Since 1884, every of the ten years recording the best annual temperature have occurred from 2002, in accordance with the forecasting physique.

“2022 is going to be the warmest year on record for the UK. While many will remember the summer’s extreme heat, what has been noteworthy this year has been the relatively consistent heat through the year,” mentioned Mark McCarthy, head of the Met Workplace’s Nationwide Local weather Data Centre.

Each month besides December had been hotter than common, he mentioned.

“The warm year is in line with the genuine impacts we expect as a result of human-induced climate change.

“Though it doesn’t suggest yearly would be the warmest on file, local weather change continues to extend the possibilities of more and more heat years over the approaching a long time,” he added.

Most of England and Wales experienced drought this summer after exceptionally high temperatures and heatwaves as well as little rainfall.

Similar conditions were seen across northwest Europe.

– Records smashed –

In July, England also smashed its all-time temperature record when the mercury topped 40 degrees Celsius for the first time ever, while July was the driest on record across the south.

The parched conditions notably saw the source of the River Thames drying up and shifting several miles downstream.

Satellite imagery showed the nation’s traditionally green and lush countryside turning to various shades of yellow and brown, as huge swathes of southern, central and eastern England dried out.

The Met Office said all four of the seasons in 2022 were in the top 10 warmest on record.

Winter was the eighth hottest, spring the fifth, summer the fourth and autumn the third.

McCarthy said temperatures had been above the 1991-2020 long term average for a large proportion of the year, adding that this “is one thing that we will anticipate as we develop into more and more affected by local weather change”.

“Met Workplace science has proven that the temperatures witnessed in mid-July would have been extraordinarily unlikely within the pre-industrial interval – the period earlier than humanity began emitting a lot of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels,” he said.

“Our local weather remains to be topic to notable chilly spells in the course of the winter season, however our observational information present these have typically develop into much less frequent and fewer extreme as our local weather warms,” he added.

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