The UK is experiencing hotter days, tropical nights and longer heatwaves than it did 50 years ago, according to a report released yesterday by the Met Office. For the first time, the Met Office has analysed extreme weather patterns reported across the UK since 1961. The government agency previously reported on climate statistics by looking at monthly or seasonal averages, but these reports have a tendency to mask extreme weather and climate events. The latest Met Office report instead assesses extremes in temperatures and rainfall over the past 57 years, revealing concerning changes to British weather patterns. The Met Office found that the hottest day of each year over the last decade has been on average 0.8C warmer than the hottest day of each year over the period 1961-1990. Meanwhile, the lowest temperatures recorded became 1.7C milder over the two periods.
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