Last year entered the top ten for the first time in heat, rain and sun, and scientists say the mild climate in the UK is coming to an end
Extreme weather events will increasingly occur in the UK due to the climate crisis, scientists said after data showed last year was one of the warmest, as well as one of the wettest and sunniest, on record.
The extremely sunny start of spring 2020 followed the wettest February, and the heatwave hitting in August cumulatively made 2020 the third warmest, fifth wettest and eighth sunniest year on record, according to the UK State of Climate 2020 report. published in the International Journal of Climatology.
Mike Kendon, senior climatologist at the Met's National Climate Information Center and lead author of the study, said: “The UK's climate is already changing.
The warming we are seeing is broadly in line with what we see on a global scale … and our climate seems to be getting not only warmer, but also wetter, in line with our broad understanding of climate change."
These extreme events could pose significant challenges as most infrastructure in the UK has not been built to withstand the types of precipitation, temperature anomalies and storms that are likely to occur more frequently.
The UK has seen flooding again in recent days, following a heat wave earlier this month, which calls into question the UK's ability to cope with extreme weather conditions.