"The Met Office has confirmed June was the hottest on record for the UK,
eclipsing the last hottest by nearly a full degree.
Across the month, the country recorded an average mean temperature of 15.8C,
beating the previous record of 14.9C, recorded in 1940 and 1976 and about 2.5C
above the usual June average.
England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland also reported their respective
warmest Junes on record.
The Met Office said the record-breaking hot spell bore the “fingerprint of
climate change”. Research by its scientists found the likelihood of
record-breaking heat had at least doubled since the period around 1940, the
Paul Davies, its chief meteorologist, said: “Alongside natural variability, the
background warming of the Earth’s atmosphere due to human-induced climate
change has driven up the possibility of reaching record high temperatures.”
The frequency of extreme temperatures depended on the emissions humans
continued to produce, Davies said. “By the 2050s the chance of surpassing the
previous record of 14.9C could be as high as around 50%, or every other year.
“Beyond the 2050s the likelihood is strongly governed by our emissions of
greenhouse gases, with the chance increasing further in a high emissions
scenario but levelling off under mitigation.”"
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