Record heat and drought: the summer of 2022 was the hottest ever recorded in England and the fourth hottest on record United Kingdomwhich is severely affected, like much of Europe, by the climate change.
Withered greens, dried up rivers and a ban on watering with a hose were some of the events that caused Britons to experience global warming in recent weeks.
During the three months of summer in England, the temperature averaged 17.1C, equaling the record set in 2018, according to the Met Office. In some areas, the rainfall was 50% less, based on the preliminary data of the service. East and North East England suffered particularly from the heat, which the rest of the United Kingdom did not regret either: the summer of 2022 was the fourth hottest for the country since records were kept in 1884.
On July, the temperature exceeded 40 degrees, for the first time in history. Rains returned in August, but “not enough to approach normal levels for this time of year,” forecasters said. 538mm of rain has fallen in the UK since the start of the year, making 2022 the driest year since the historic drought of 1976.
“For many, July’s record heat (…) it will be the most memorable event of this summer” but “we must not forget that we experienced several hot spells in June and August as well”, explained Mark McCarthy, of the National Center for Climate Information.
On July 20 in Coningsby, northeast England, the mercury touched 40.3°C, 1.6°C above the previous record set in July 2019.
Source: News Beast