UK’s average annual temperature tops 10C for first time

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Britain’s average annual temperature topped 10C for the first time last year, the Met Office has revealed.

The country’s mean temperature in 2022 was 10.03C – beating the previous record of 9.88C in 2014 and making it the warmest average since the data was first collected in 1884.

It is the first time the average temperature has reached double figures. 

All four nations recorded new all-time highs, with mean temperatures rising to 10.94C in England, 10.23C in Wales, 9.85C in Northern Ireland and 8.5C in Scotland.

Dr Mark McCarthy, who leads the Met Office’s national climate information centre, said “human-induced global warming” was to blame.

“Although an arbitrary number, the UK surpassing an annual average temperature of 10C is a notable moment in our climatological history,” he said.

“This moment comes as no surprise, since 1884 all the 10 years recording the highest annual temperature have occurred from 2003.

“It is clear from the observational record that human-induced global warming is already impacting the UK’s climate.”

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