Met Office predicts fifth-warmest year on record

Globally, 2008 was the 10th warmest year on record according to the Met Office. But 2009 will be hotter, ranking the fifth warmest.

Despite the cold winter and poor summer, 2008 temperatures worldwide were above the long-term average, the Met Office says in its report on last year’s weather.1

In the UK, 2008 was the 18th warmest year since 1914, with an average temperature of 9.03°C compared with an average of 8.36°C between 1961 and 1990. This is despite below average temperatures in October and December.

Worldwide, 2008 ranked higher in the temperatur

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