2017 fifth warmest for century
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.”