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Mild November keeps UK on track for warmest year on record

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The UK remains on track for its warmest year since records began, after November became the 11th month in a row of above-average temperatures.

In order not to break the record, temperatures in December would have to drop to almost unprecedented lows, after an average mean temperature of 8.2C over November, the Met Office said.

Although the autumn was overall only the third warmest recorded, according to the official forecaster, the country has not posted above-average temperatures for 11 months in a row since records began in 1884.

During a record-breaking heatwave this summer, temperatures topped 40C for the first time.

“All of the top 10 warmest years on record for the UK have occurred since 2002, a clear indicator of our warming climate,” said Mike Kendon, from the National Climate Information Centre. “Human-induced climate change has increased the likelihood of extreme heat, as we saw in July this year, but this year has also seen persistent warmth, resulting in the year overall challenging the record previously set in 2014.”

The unusual climatic conditions over the past…

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