A climate expert has said global warming is “very likely to accelerate in the coming decades” after figures showed the 10 hottest years in the UK have all occurred since 2002.
Dr Michael Byrne told talkRADIO’s Matthew Wright the findings of the Met Office 2018 State of the UK Climate report are “hugely significant but not terribly surprising.”
The research showed that, according to records dating back more than a century, the 10 hottest years in Britain all occurred within the last two decades.
Dr Byrne claimed the UK’s average temperature has risen by almost one degree since the Industrial Revolution and blamed the increase on carbon dioxide emissions.
“The rate at which we’re putting these greenhouse gases into the atmosphere has been increasing steadily since industrial revolution and indeed today it’s showing no signs of slowing down.”
When asked about people who deny human blame for climate change, Dr Byrne acknowledged that the climate has gone through natural changes over the planet’s history.
But he continued: “What’s happening now is different and we can’t explain that using natural variability of the sun or volcanoes.
“What we’re seeing now is rooted in very basic physics and very basic science.”
Meanwhile, the temperature analysis also revealed that each of the 10 coldest UK years occurred before 1963.
The study extended existing records back by 26 years as part of ongoing work to digitise historic weather records.
Dr Mark McCarthy from the Met Office said the records now show 1892 as the coldest year, with an average temperature of just over 7C, while the warmest year was 2014, with an average temperature approaching 10C.