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In 2003 the highest temperature ever recorded in the UK was reached when temperatures peaked at 38.5°C. Average global surface temperature also increased – by 0.4 to 0.8°C since the late 19th century. All ten of the hottest years on record have occurred since 1990. The warmest year since global records began in 1861 was 1998, 2002 was the second warmest, and 2004 the fourth warmest. Current climate models predict that global temperatures will rise by between 1.4 and 5.80c by the end of the 21st century. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported in 2001 that there is new, stronger evidence that most of the warming over the last 50 years is attributable to human activities.
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‘The government has drawn up a national emergency plan to deal with the rising risk of extreme hot weather linked to climate change.
The “siesta alert” system has been prepared by the Department of Health in consultation with other agencies. One of them is the Met Office, whose scientists have warned that climate change means heat waves will become ever more frequent over the next two decades and will turn into regular events after 2030.
The heat wave that hit France in 2003 caused an extra 35,000 deaths. The highest temperature measured in the UK, 38.5°C, was recorded at Faversham in Kent on August 10, 2003. The Met Office warns that this might become a normal summer’s day by the 2080s.’
The Sunday Times – March 1st 2009
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