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The UK recorded its warmest June on record

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Record temperatures and worries about water supplies: Summer is off to a hot start in the UK, which broke temperature records in June, a phenomenon likely to happen more in the future with global warming, according to the Met Services.

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On Monday, July 3, the British Meteorological Services indicated that June 2023 was the hottest month on record in terms of average maximum, maximum and minimum temperatures. The average temperature reached 15.8°C, up 0.9°C from the previous record of 14.9°C seen in June 1940 and June 1976, the Met Office explained.

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The country experienced several hot days around mid-June, with authorities even pushing to impose water use cuts in south-east England, while Scotland worried about the water level in its rivers and lakes.

“persistent heat”

“It is officially the hottest month of June for the UK, in terms of average temperature, as well as minimum and maximum temperature”with 32.2°C reached, Mark McCarthy, of the UK Met Services, detailed in a press release.

“What is remarkable is the persistence of heat for most of the month, with temperatures largely reaching around 25°C, and sometimes even a little above 30°C.”, he added. Taken separately, the four countries of the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) each had the hottest month of June.

Precipitation was also below average, with only 52.2mm of precipitation, or 68% of the average level for the month of June. Temperature records are falling like dominoes as our reliance on fossil fuels continues to warm the planet.Mel Evans, climate director at Greenpeace UK, responded, accusing Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of staying put “falling asleep at the wheel”.

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According to a study by the Met Office, the likelihood of breaking heat records in the coming years has increased in the UK. In addition to natural (climatic) variability, the context of warming of the Earth’s atmosphere due to human-induced climate change has increased the possibility of reaching record high temperatures.insists Paul Davies, chief meteorologist for the Met Office.

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Last year England had its hottest summer, tied with 2018, while it had the fourth hottest summer in the whole of the UK, causing severe droughts and fires. Schools were forced to close and trains to be cancelled.

The 40°C threshold was crossed for the first time (40.3°C recorded on July 20 in Coningsby, a village in the north-east of England), while 2022 was the hottest year ever recorded in the UK. The British government has been accused of not taking the summer heat wave seriously.

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According to scientists, frequent high temperatures and heat waves are an unmistakable sign of global warming and it is set to increase and intensify further.

Fearing a possible repeat of the summer 2022 scenario this year, the government last week convened a meeting of the National Drought Group to ensure that there would be no water supply problems in the coming months.

“The water levels are currently higher than those observed at the same time last year. However, the environment is still taking time to recover from the consequences of last summer.”The Environment Ministry said in a press release.

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