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Image: January–December 2014 Blended Land and Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies in degrees Celsius (Source: NOAA)
2014 has been confirmed as the hottest on record, not just in the UK but globally.
Globally, 2014 was the warmest year since records began in 1880. The annually-averaged land and sea surface temperature was 0.69oC above the long-term average, according to NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center. Two separate analyses by NASA and NOAA, as well as analyses by the Japanese Meteorological Agency, confirm this statistic, which is based on measurements from weather stations as well as ship- and buoy observations. It was also the 38th consecutive year (since 1977) with higher-than-average temperatures, with 9 of the 10 warmest years occurring in the 21st century.
NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies Director, Gavin Schmidt, said, “This is the latest in a series of warm years, in a series of warm decades. While the ranking of individual years can be affected by chaotic weather patterns, the long-term trends are attributable to drivers of climate change that right now are dominated by human emissions of greenhouse gases.”
In the UK, the Met Office confirmed that 2014 was the warmest in records dating back to 1910. The mean temperature was 9.9oC, 1.1oC above the long-term average, with 8 of the 10 warmest years occurring since 2002. It was also the warmest in the Central England Temperature series, dating back to 1659.
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