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Could 2014 be the warmest since records began?

Could 2014 be the warmest since records began?

Thursday, November 06, 2014, 12:51 GMT -

The weather in the UK has been consistently warm and temperate so far this year.

And if November and December continue to see above average temperatures, there is a good chance 2014 could enter the record books as the hottest ever in the UK.

Met Office stats show that it has been the warmest year so far since records began in 1910, according to Bob Ward, policy director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change.

“January to October 2014 is the warmest and second wettest on record in the UK,” said Ward, who cumulates the datasets provided by the Met Office each month for the whole year. 

“Every month except August has recorded above average temperatures during 2014,” he added.

The Met Office said suggestions about it being the warmest year on record is “a correct reflection of the fact that nine out of the ten months so far in 2014 have seen above average mean temperatures across the UK.”

“Despite this, figures for the first ten months of this year don’t tell us what the year as a whole will be like, or whether it will be the warmest on record for the UK,” the Met Office’s Mark Wilson told the Weather Network. 

“With two months still to add to the statistics for 2014, there is time for them to change,” he stressed. 

Of course it’s not just the UK experiencing potential record-breaking temperatures in 2014. 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the US said last month that if temperatures continue to be above average for the rest of the year, “it will be the warmest calendar year on record" for the whole globe.

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