This was the hottest year yet for the UK

A man touches his face as he walks towards a red-double-decker bus.
A man walks towards a bus station as heatwave hits London, United Kingdom on August 14, 2022. | Photo by Rasid Necati Aslim/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

2022 will go down as the warmest year in the books yet in the UK, according to provisional figures from the Met Office national weather service. A record-smashing summer heatwave was the burning cherry on top of 11 months of unusually toasty weather in the UK.

That makes this year the hottest across the UK since annual record-keeping began 139 years ago. Zooming in on England specifically, 2022 will also top the list of warmest years in the world’s oldest instrumental record of temperature — the Central England temperature series that started 364 years ago.

Unfortunately, because of climate change, the records set this year might not hold for very long. The UK’s top ten warmest years…

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