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UK weather: 2014 warmest on record, Met Office confirms

UK weather: Warmest 2014 on record

UK weather: Warmest 2014 on record

Monday, January 05, 2015, 13:49 GMT -

As widely predicted, the Met Office has confirmed the UK weather in 2014 was the warmest since records began in 1910.

The winter storms of January and February also helped it become the fourth wettest on record too. 

The UK’s mean temperature for the 2014 was 9.9C, 1.1C above the long-term (1981-2010) average. 

It beats the previous record of 9.7C set in 2006 and means that eight of the last top ten warmest years in the UK have happened since 2002.

It is also the warmest year on record in the Central England Temperature series – which dates back to 1659 – with a mean temperature of 10.93C, narrowly beating the previous record of 10.87C in 2006.

Every country in the UK registered a record-breaking year apart from Northern Ireland, which saw its joint third warmest year behind 2007 and 2006.

Provisional rainfall total for the year was 1297.1 mm, which means five of the UK's top six wettest years have happened since 2000.

Despite January and February being considerably wet, every month, aside from August, saw above average temperatures in the UK. September was the driest on record and Halloween was the warmest ever.

Check out the UK’s year of weather in our 2014 review

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