MAY to July this year were the hottest and sunniest ever recorded in Scotland, according to a leading climate change charity. Figures released by Friends of the Earth Scotland (FoES) show the average monthly temperature for the three months was 12.9C (55.2F), nearly half a degree above the previous hottest records for the same period in 2014 and 2006. FoES said the average monthly sunshine for May, June and July this year was 212.1 hours. It said May was the hottest and sunniest ever; June was the third warmest and fifth sunniest ever; and July was the fourth warmest and eighth sunniest ever. Dr Richard Dixon, FoES director, said: “Although 2018 started cold, the last three months have been the hottest and sunniest early-summer ever recorded in Scotland. Heatwaves like these threaten to kill thousands every year in the future.
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