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The UK has recorded an average annual temperature of more than 10C (50F) for the first time in 2022, the Met Office has said.
The national weather service also said 2022 was the country’s hottest, confirming provisional figures that the year would set a new record.
The mean temperature across the 12 months was 10.03C, beating the previous all-time high of 9.88C in 2014, the Met Office said.
It means 15 of the UK’s top 20 warmest years on record have all occurred this century – with the entire top 10 within the past two decades.
All four UK nations set new records in 2022, with England seeing the highest average temperature at 10.94C, followed by Wales (10.23C), Northern Ireland (9.85C) and Scotland (8.50C).
The year saw temperatures reach their highest ever in the country, with the mercury reaching 40.3C (104.5F) in Lincolnshire on 19 July.