Northern Ireland had warmest year on record in 2023

Northern Ireland has experienced its warmest year on record, with an average temperature of 10.17°C in 2023 according to the Met Office.

The previous record was 9.83°C set in 2022, with eight out of the top 10 warmest years all being recorded this century.

The Met Office said 2023 was the second warmest on record for the UK overall – just behind 2022 – and it was clear that “climate change is influencing UK temperature records over the long term”.

“While our climate will remain variable, with periods of cold and wet weather, what we have observed over recent decades is a number of high temperature records tumbling,” senior scientist Mike Kendon said. “We expect this pattern to continue as our climate continues to change in the coming years as a result of human-induced climate change.”

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