Official: summer 2018 was England’s hottest ever

Scorchio! The heatwave revealed the echoes of long-lost landscapes across Britain.

Do you enjoy hot summers? This year was a scorcher! For six weeks from June to August, temperatures regularly reached 30C or more. In England, it was the hottest summer since records began.

What’s happening

Whether you spent your summer holidays outside in a paddling pool, or inside playing Fortnite, you will have noticed one thing: it was hot. Meteorologists at Britain’s national weather service (known as the Met Office) have now confirmed that 2018 was England’s hottest summer on record.

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Across the whole of the UK, this summer tied with 1976, 2003 and 2006 for the top spot. Heat records were also broken in Japan, Canada and America.

A spokesperson for the Met Office explained that the UK’s long, dry heatwave was due to “natural cycles in the weather”, as the jet stream was behaving unusually.

However, the Met Office also warned that the “risk of heatwaves is increasing due to greenhouse gas emissions.”

In other words, climate change did not cause this year’s heatwave, but it did make it twice as likely. If global warming keeps getting worse in the future, heatwaves will become more and more common in the UK and around the rest of the world.

Would you like another hot summer next year?

Some say…

Yes please! Heatwaves are great for sunbathing (with proper hats and sun cream, of course). They are an excuse to eat ice lollies, go to the beach, and generally enjoy being outdoors. Every breeze or ice-cold drink is ten times better when it is hot. Best of all, the sunshine puts everyone in a good mood. Why would anyone wish for rain?

Others think…

Not again. Heatwaves are fun for a few days, but that is all anyone can stand. Soon the novelty wears off and life becomes much more difficult. Public transport is stuffy, plants go brown without water, and the heat is all anyone can talk about. If temperatures get too high, they can even be dangerous. Let’s hope next year is much cooler.

You Decide

  1. Do you prefer hot or cold weather?

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  1. Draw a simple diagram which explains global warming.

Some People Say...

“People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.”

Anton Chekhov

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Word Watch

Meteorologists
People who study the weather.
Confirmed
Said that something is true.
Spokesperson
Someone who talks on behalf of a company or organisation.
Jet stream
A current of strong winds which flow about six miles above the Earth’s surface, influencing its weather.
Greenhouse gas emissions
Gases which trap the Earth’s heat and cause temperatures to rise.
Climate change
A shift in the Earth’s weather and temperatures, caused by greenhouse gas emissions.
Novelty
Newness.

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