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A woman sits in the shade at Primrose Hill during the severe heatwave, London, UK, 19 July 2022. Credit: xStephen Chung / Alamy Stock Photo.

Guest post: A Met Office review of the UK’s record-breaking summer in 2022

With the summer of 2022 entering the climate record books as the first time that the UK has hit an air temperature above 40C, it has without question... Read More

Guest posts | Sep 28. 2022.

Media reaction: UK’s record-smashing 40C heatwave and climate change

For the first time, the UK has hit temperatures of 40C, with Coningsby in Lincolnshire registering a high of 40.3C – smashing the previous record o... Read More

Media analysis | Jul 19. 2022.
Scorched grass and empty deck chairs in Hyde Park, London, UK, during the heatwave in July 2022. Credit: Matthew Chattle / Alamy Stock Photo.

Analysis: How the UK’s ‘insane’ 40C heat was forecast ‘weeks in advance’

The UK has provisionally breached 40C for the first time ever, reaching 40.2C at London Heathrow airport. Before this heatwave, temperatures of 40C h... Read More

UK temperature | Jul 19. 2022.

Met Office: A review of the UK’s climate in 2020

It is no exaggeration to say that 2020 has been a dramatic and memorable year for the UK – and our weather and climate is no exception.  We... Read More

Guest posts | Jan 12. 2021.
Man with a t-shirt over his head during August 2020 heatwave

Guest post: How ‘urban heat islands’ will intensify heatwaves in UK cities

The UK experienced several tropical nights during a record-breaking heatwave in August. Central London recorded a high daily minimum temperature of 2... Read More

Guest posts | Oct 1. 2020.
A passenger wearing a facemask standing on the London Underground platform using a fan to cool down from the heat and humid conditions during the August heatwave.

Met Office: The UK’s record-breaking August 2020 heatwave

As the UK moves into autumn, it offers the opportunity to look back at the pronounced, record-breaking heatwave that hit the southeast of the country... Read More

Guest posts | Sep 10. 2020.
Record numbers of visitors to Weston Super Mare up due to the hot weather.

Risk of 40C heat in the UK ‘rapidly increasing’, says Met Office

The chances of anywhere in the UK hitting 40C – a temperature not yet recorded in the country – are likely to increase rapidly in the coming... Read More

UK temperature | Jun 30. 2020.
Parched fields in London, UK, caused by a prolonged summer heatwave, July 2018. Credit: Amer Ghazzal / Alamy Stock Photo. PAD2KA

Warm spring worsened Europe’s extreme 2018 summer drought, study says

Europe’s extreme 2018 summer drought was worsened by an unusually warm and sunny spring in the same year, a new study finds. Sunny weather in th... Read More

Drought | Jun 10. 2020.
Glasshouse at Cambridge Botanic Gardens where the UK's temperature record was broken in July 2019. Credit: Juliet Ferguson / Alamy Stock Photo

Guest post: A Met Office review of the UK’s weather in 2019

Last year was warmer, wetter and sunnier than average for most of the UK, and finished as the 11th warmest, 11th wettest, and 15th sunniest year on r... Read More

Guest posts | Jan 8. 2020.
People take shelter under umbrellas during a heatwave in Moscow, 3 August 2018. Credit: ITAR-TASS News Agency / Alamy Stock Photo.

Northern hemisphere’s extreme heatwave in 2018 ‘impossible’ without climate change

Last summer’s unprecedented northern-hemisphere heatwave “could not have occurred without human-induced climate change”, a new study concludes. ... Read More

Attribution | Jun 12. 2019.
London Eye and blossom trees in spring. Credit: Richard Barnes / Alamy Stock Photo. D79E7B

Guest post: A Met Office review of the UK’s weather in 2018

Dr Mark McCarthy is science manager of the Met Office National Climate Information Centre, which provides monitoring and analysis of UK climate variab... Read More

Guest posts | Jan 4. 2019.
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