Monthly Archives: August 2021

Notably warm summer so far for UK – but not for everyone

The summer so far has been around 1°C warmer than average for the UK, which would potentially place it within the top ten warmest summers on record, but it’s still too early to make a confident statement about final rankings. This … Continue reading

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Invoking the oak – nature’s veteran recorder helping scientists understand the rate and scale of climate change

Ancient oak trees – individuals more than 400 years old – extend back into the deep and dark recesses of history. During that time, these senior trees will have been surrounded by huge fluctuations in climate; to say nothing of … Continue reading

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Met Office science at the heart of climate assessments

The Met Office Hadley Centre – which celebrated its 30th anniversary last year – has a long and proud history of working and supporting the IPCC. Indeed, one of the foremost scientists who propelled the IPCC, serving as co-chair and … Continue reading

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Europe needs to prepare for temperatures of 50C in future

Syracuse, in Sicily, has provisionally exceeded the previous European highest temperature with a record of 48.8°C yesterday. If the record is confirmed by the World Meteorological Organization, this temperature will break the previous record of 48.0°C in Athens in 1977. … Continue reading

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Heatwave helps mark fifth warmest July on record

The mid-month heatwave has helped the UK to its joint fifth warmest July on record according to provisional Met Office figures, with Scotland and Northern Ireland recording their third warmest July, in a month where Northern Ireland also broke its all-time high temperature record, exceeding 31C multiple times.   The mean temperature for July 2021 in the UK was 16.6°C, which … Continue reading

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