The Met Office has confirmed that 2022 was the UK’s warmest year on record.
It may not feel like it right at this moment as we look out our windows and see winter wind and rain battering Greater Manchester, nor may it seem true given some of the sub-zero temperatures, snow, and heavy frost we’ve seen nationwide this month, but according to the Met Office’s provisional figures, 2022 was the warmest year the UK has ever recorded.
Provisional data also shows that the average temperature for the year is on track to beat the previous all-time high of 9.88°C (49.78F) set in 2014, according to the Met Office.
Not only that, but all four seasons this year were in the top 10 warmest on record for the UK, the Met Office said – with winter being the eighth warmest, spring the fifth warmest, summer the fourth, and autumn the third.
Exact figures are due to be released by the Met Office in the new year.
“2022 is going to be the warmest year on record for the UK,” revealed Dr Mark McCarthy, head of the National Climate Information Centre at the Met Office.
“While many will remember the summer’s extreme heat, what has been noteworthy this year has been the relatively consistent heat through the year, with every month except December being warmer than average.”
Dr McCarthy said the record-breaking temperatures in July boosted the overall temperature values for the year, but this isn’t the “full story”, and added that December’s weather shows the UK’s climate is still “subject to notable cold spells during the winter season”.
He added that the Met Office’s observational data shows periods of sub-zero temperatures have “generally become less frequent and less severe as our climate warms.”
Dr McCarthy pointed to climate change as the reason for average rising temperatures.
“The warm year is in line with the genuine impacts we expect as a result of human-induced climate change,” he explained, “although it doesn’t mean every year will be the warmest on record, climate change continues to increase the chances of increasingly warm years over the coming decades.”
“Temperatures have been above the 1991 to 2020 long term average for a large proportion of the year, and this is something that we can anticipate as we become increasingly affected by climate change.
“Met Office science has shown that the temperatures witnessed in mid-July would have been extremely unlikely in the pre-industrial period – the era before humanity started emitting lots of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels.”
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A ‘lost town’ in Yorkshire has been discovered 650 years after being ‘swallowed by the sea’￼
The sunken town is dubbed ‘Yorkshire’s Atlantis’.
Britain’s lost Atlantis is thought to have finally been discovered after falling into the North Sea 650 years ago.
Historians believed it lay at the bottom of the ocean around a mile off from the Yorkshire coast.
The search team hope to find the footprint of the town including its sea wall, harbour and foundations.
This will allow them to map it all out and create a 3D map which divers could then use to explore the site.
Scientists say they now have all the data needed and will be analysing the area under the sea in the coming weeks.
After all this, they should be able to confirm whether the findings are infact the lost Yorkshire town of Ravenser Odd.
Hit Christmas market stall opens permanently at Piccadilly Gardens
Crunch Korean Gansig has become a must-try foodie stall at the Manchester Christma Markets, now it’s pulled up at Picadilly Gardens permanently.
The hit Korean hot dog stall has wowed visitors over the past few years with its cheese, potato and meat-filled creations.
Deep-fried in a crispy waffle coating and then lightly rolled in sugar, these sausages on a stick come drizzled in sweet ketchup and mustard.
Incredibly moreish if we do say so ourselves, since first making their appearance at the 2021 Manchester Christmas Markets they’ve consistently been ranked one of the event’s best food traders.
Now, thanks to a new permanent stall popping up where it all began for the team, Manc foodies can enjoy their hot meaty and cheesy Korean goodies all year long.
Popular flavour choices include all-cheese, all-sausage and half-and-half versions, with a vegetarian-friendly cheese-filled version wrapped in a potato waffle coating, and halal-friendly options that are made using separate batter and fryers.
This really is a hot dog stand that caters to everyone. With owners having previously said they would work on a vegan hot dog once they got their own permanent stand, we don’t expect the plant-powered gang will be left waiting too much longer.
Sharing the news to Instagram, the Crunch Korean Gansig team wrote: “Hey guys, we’ve got exciting news to share! We are launching a new market stall in the Piccadilly garden street food market from tomorrow.
“After two years of successful Christmas trading, we are ready to take on a new challenge, and love to serve our hotdogs to you guys again!
“So come on down to the market and say hi, we love to see you there! See you soon!”
Fans of the Korean hot dog stall have responded to the news with enthusiasm, flooding into the comments to share their excitement.
One person wrote: “So excited we will have to go!!”
Another person said: “Nooooo stop!!! I’m so happy I could cry”