A warm year – despite cold snap

Despite the cold winter weather and poor summer, temperatures in 2008 were well above long-term average, according to figures from the Met Office

In the UK, 2008 was the 18th warmest year since 1914, with an average temperature of 9.03°C compared with 8.36°C between 1961 and 1990. This is despite extremely cold weather during October and December, which were both about 0.8°C below the monthly average.

Worldwide, 2008 ranked even higher in the temperature charts at number ten. The 14.31°C temperature was 0.31°C above the average for 1961-1990, and close to the 14.37°C predicted by

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