UK weather patterns becoming more extreme

The UK’s extreme weather patterns are shifting, according to the Met Office.

A study published by the Met Office today compared weather data from 1961-1990 with weather data between 2008 and 2017 and identified changes in weather extremes.

Their findings include:

  • Rainfall from extremely wet days has increased by about 17%
  • Warm spells have more than doubled
  • The number of “icing days” below zero degrees as a maximum temperature have fallen by an average of 1.6 days
  • On average, the hottest day in each year over the recent 10-year period is 0.8 degrees warmer than earlier decades
  • The coldest days and nights have become warmer, with temperatures on average 1.7 degrees milder in recent years.

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