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UK Warming

Soaring temperature has plagued Great Britain in 2022! For the first time the UK’s annual temperature toppled double digit figures of 10 degrees centigrade. The Met Office confirmed it as a record breaker since reaching 9.88c in 2014, making it the warmest average temperature since when data was first collected in 1884.

All four nations of the United Kingdom: England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland recorded new all-time highs, with mean temperatures rising to 10.94C in England, 10.23C in Wales, 9.85C in Northern Ireland and 8.5C in Scotland. Compared to Brazil it seems laughable as annual temperature averages there at around 18°C, with a high temperature range.

Apparently, the UK summer of 2022 was very warm – I was in São Paulo, Brazil. 1976 was a different story, as there is one thing people always remember about 1976; the heat – but in 2022 it has got even hotter. The heatwave, which took place 46 years ago, was one of the longest in living memory and triggered the most significant drought for at least the last 150 years.

Since arriving on Christmas day it has become gradually warmer in London reaching up to 14 degrees centigrade on some days which for this time of year is almost unheard of. I’m not complaining, but rather thanking my lucky stars that it hasn’t reached negative centigrade temperature at all.

Have a terrific day!

Prof. Carl Boniface

Vocabulary builder:

Soaring (adj) = rising, mounting, climbing, spiraling, increasing, (ant) plummeting

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