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Guest post: A Met Office review of the UK’s record-breaking summer in 2022

This year’s summer heat saw dozens of locations across the UK set new daily maximum temperature records. Image: Unsplash/Different Resonance

Dr Mark McCarthy

Science manager, Met Office National Climate Information Centre

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UK summer 2022 climate anomalies, relative to 1991-2020, for average temperature, rainfall and sunshine.
UK summer 2022 climate anomalies, relative to 1991-2020. Image: Met Office
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A chart comparing the mean temperatures of the UK's 2022 summer to averages from 1991-2020.
UK daily average temperature through summer 2022, compared to averages from 1991-2020. Image: Met Office

Map showing the locations of new high temperature station records set during summer 2022.
Map showing the locations of new high temperature station records set during summer 2022 (red dots). Image: Met Office
Chart showing the number of UK climate stations that hold their local high maximum temperature record by year.
Chart showing the number of UK climate stations that hold their local high maximum temperature record by year. Image: Met Office

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Daily maximum temperature distribution for 18 and 19 July 2022, 10 August 2003 and 25 July 2019.
Daily maximum temperature distribution for 18 and 19 July 2022 (top), 10 August 2003 (bottom left) and 25 July 2019 (bottom right). Image: Met Office

Highest daily maximum temperature recorded by year 1910-2022.
Highest daily maximum temperature recorded by year 1910-2022, black line is a rolling 10- year average. Image: Met Office
A table showing the top 10 hottest UK days on record.
Top 10 hottest UK days on record. Image: Carbon Brief

Count of days per year where the daily maximum in the Central England Temperature (CET) record is above 25C.
Count of days per year where the daily maximum in the Central England Temperature (CET) record is above 25C. Image: Met Office

UK Summer average temperature for 1884-2022.
UK Summer average temperature (blue line) for 1884-2022. Image: Met Office
Top 10 highest summer average temperatures for the UK national series and the HadCET.
Top 10 highest summer average temperatures for the UK national series and the HadCET. Image: Met Office
UK counties colour-coded by the year which saw the highest summer average temperature for that region.
UK counties colour-coded by the year which saw the highest summer average temperature for that region. Image: Met Office

Summer total UK rainfall (mm) against summer average temperature (C).
Summer total UK rainfall (mm) against summer average temperature (C). Image: Met Office

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