THE UK’s annual average temperature topped 10C for the first time in 2022 with Scotland’s average the lowest across the four nations.

The mean temperature across the 12 months was 10.03C, beating the previous high of 9.88C in 2014, the Met Office said.

It means that 15 of the UK’s top 20 warmest years on record have all occurred this century – with the entire top 10 in the past two decades.

Dr Mark McCarthy, head of the Met Office National Climate Information Centre, said the figures showed the impact of climate change.

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“Although an arbitrary number, the UK surpassing an annual average temperature of 10C is a notable moment in our climatological history.

“This moment comes as no surprise, since 1884 all the 10 years recording the highest annual temperature have occurred from 2003.

“It is clear from the observational record that human-induced global warming is already impacting the UK’s climate.”

England recorded the highest average temperature at 10.94C followed by Wales (10.23C), Northern Ireland (9.85C) and Scotland (8.5C).

The Scottish Greens environment spokesperson Mark Ruskell said rising temperatures “should concern us all”, adding that the “climate crisis isn’t a remote threat”. 

“Every fraction of a degree matters when it comes to our environment and ensuring that we can have a sustainable future”, he said. 

Ruskell continued: “There isn’t any time to waste, which is why it is so vital that all governments, including the UK, recognise the severity of the threat and take big steps to transition our energy supply and our economy

“As a starting point that has to mean halting the Rosebank development and the coal mine in Cumbria and, instead, making the investment that is needed in renewables.”

Last year, Scotland also recorded its hottest-ever day as temperatures climbed to 34.8C in the Borders amid a summer heatwave.