Heavy rain across parts of the UK has generated widespread interest, with the media again focusing on the contrast between warm and relatively dry conditions in the south east and very heavy rain in the north west. The sun reported on the contrast of ‘Hose ban & flood warning in Lakes’ as the Met Office had issued severe weather warnings for heavy rain across parts of northern Britain. The Herald followed a similar story with ‘New flood warnings as drought alert stays in place’.
Following the Guardian reporting that ‘Last month was the hottest June recorded worldwide’ following the release of figures from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, AFP have explored what this may mean for the debate around climate change. The Met Office is not yet in a position to release global temperature figures for June 2010 as they are still being compiled. However, these figures support the Met Office prediction, made at COP15 in December last year, that 2010 will more likely than not be the warmest year in the instrumental record, beating the previous record year which was 1998.