2022 will be warmest year ever for UK, Met Office says

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The UK will see its warmest year on record in 2022, according to the Met Office.

Preliminary statistics show that every month was warmer than usual, except December, when the UK was hit by a severe cold snap.

The average temperature for the year is projected to surpass the previous record, which was set in 2014 at 9.88 °C.

The precise mean temperature will only be determined in the coming year, but the Met office said that this year’s steady heat was noteworthy.

The tentative estimates, according to Dr. Mark McCarthy, a senior climate scientist at the Met Office, are consistent with the “real impacts we expect as a result of human-induced climate change.”

Dr. McCarthy continued, “Climate change continues to raise the likelihood of progressively hotter years over the coming decades, even while it does not imply that every year would be the warmest on record.”

The UK had its fourth warmest summer on record thanks to a stretch of heatwaves in June when temperatures first breached the 40°C barriers.

The Met Office predicted last week that 2023 would be one of the hottest years on record and warmer than this year.

The worldwide temperature is predicted to be at least 1C above average for the tenth year in a row.

Governments all over the world have pledged to reduce emissions to keep temperature increases below 1.5C. Scientific evidence indicates that climate change is raising the global temperature.

In a different report, the National Trust issued a warning that the year’s harsh weather has established a standard for what a typical year might be like.

The charity claimed that in the upcoming years, nature will face significant challenges because of extreme temperatures, droughts, and back-to-back storms.

It stated in its annual evaluation that this year was a “stark illustration” of the challenges that many UK species might face if more is not done to combat climate change.

According to the organisation, the dry summer and months with little rain dried up rivers, weak chalk streams, and ponds, ruined farms, and harmed natural ecosystems by igniting wildfires.

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