2017 fifth warm­est for cen­tury

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Last year was the fifth warm­est for the UK in records dat­ing back more than a cen­tury, the Met Of­fice has con­firmed.

Fig­ures show the UK cli­mate is warm­ing, with av­er­age tem­per­a­tures over the last decade around 0.8C above the 1961 to 1990 av­er­age, while the coun­try has also seen 8% more rain and 6% more sun­shine.

The an­nual state of the UK cli­mate re­port also re­vealed that, in con­trast to this sum­mer, UK sum­mers have been notably wet­ter over the last decade from 2008-2017, with 20% more rain­fall com­pared to 1961-1990.

Nine of the 10 hottest years in the UK have hap­pened since 2002 and 2017 was the fifth warm­est on record, fig­ures dat­ing back to 1910 show, the Met Of­fice said. And the Cen­tral Eng­land Tem­per­a­ture (CET) record which dates back to 1659 for an area of cen­tral Eng­land re­veals the 21st Cen­tury, since 2001, has so far been warmer than the pre­vi­ous three cen­turies.

Dr Mark McCarthy, man­ager of the Met Of­fice Na­tional Cli­mate In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre, said: “Peo­ple may not re­call 2017 as hav­ing been a par­tic­u­larly warm year, with a rel­a­tively wet sum­mer and snow in De­cem­ber.

“De­spite this, when look­ing at the longer term per­spec­tive, 2017 was still more than 1C above the 19611990 base­line and ranks as the fifth warm­est year over­all for the UK.”

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