New figures are showing that the second sunniest and the seventh hottest year was 2018. This is according to the UK temperature records that date back to 1910. July was the hottest month in the year with temperatures averaging 17.3C or 63.1F.
These records are surprising considering the fact that February and March were under cover of snow and ice in most parts of the UK.
Most of the hottest years on record are in the 21st Century, and this indicates that the climate in the UK is warming up. The high temperature in 2018 was mostly as a result of the mild temperatures experienced towards the end of the year plus the grueling heatwave that lasted six weeks in the summer.
Head of Met Office National Climate Information Center, Dr. Mark McCarthy said, ”2018 adds to picture of the warming climate in the UK.”
The 1581 hour long sunshine recorded last year also puts 2018 as the second sunniest year. This is according to records of sunshine since 1929.
The high temperatures and long sunshine made parts of England, mostly the southern side, the driest in over 100 years. However, other parts of the UK received 1063.6mm of annual rainfall which was 90% of the average rainfall in the UK. The wettest month was January with an average rainfall of 134mm and July the driest with an average rainfall of 35mm.
February was the coldest month in 2018 with temperatures averaging 2.4C (36.3F). A slight increase in temperatures was experienced in March recording 3.8C (38.8F).
This year has also begun with a cold vibe after Glasgow recorded temperatures of minus 6C (21.2F) on the second day of January. Braemar also experienced low temperatures on 3rd January with temperatures averaging 10.5C (13.1F).