UK temperature 0.5°C above average last year

Last year the UK was 0.5°C warmer than average temperatures. That’s according to the Met Office’s third annual State of the UK Climate report, which says it was the 13th […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Last year the UK was 0.5°C warmer than average temperatures.

That’s according to the Met Office’s third annual State of the UK Climate report, which says it was the 13th warmest year since 1910 and also saw sunshine levels 4% above its 30-year average.

Continuing the trend of warming, the winter between 2015 and 2016 was the mildest winter on record for England and Wales in more than 100 years.

Over the last decade there have been 7% fewer air frosts and 9% fewer ground frosts than the long-term average (1981-2010).

It was also the second wettest winter on record for the UK, only exceeded by the year before.

It was not a particularly snowy year for the UK overall and it was the first year since 1959 where there was no observed snow depths of 20cm or more.

This is despite precipitation increasing, particularly over Scotland with the last decade 11% wetter than the 1961–1990 average and 4% wetter than the 1981-2010 average.