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Concern over climate change as UK enjoys sunniest spring on record

Concern over climate change as UK enjoys sunniest spring on record

Britain has been basking in the sunniest spring on record but the sunshine followed a period of record-breaking rainfall, prompting concern about climate change.

Figures published on Monday by the Met Office confirmed that the UK enjoyed more than 613 hours of sunshine between March and the end of May, with the average being just 436.

Only 10 years have had more than 500 hours’ sunshine in the same period since 1929, when records began, and only 2020 has had more than 555 hours (recorded in 1948).

Spring 2020 also exceeds the sunshine amount for most summer seasons, with only three British summers being sunnier (1976, 199, and 1989).

A spokesman from the Met Office told Yahoo News UK: “The sunshine statistics for spring are completely unprecedented and if we look at the transition between a wet winter and a dry spring this is also unprecedented in our national rainfall series, dating back to 1862.”

February saw storms Ciara, Dennis and Ellen sweep across the British Isles, leaving trails of devastation in their wake.

Analysts say the prolonged dry spell is due to the jetstream locking the fine weather in place, just as it locked the previous winter rainfall in place.

Dr Mark McCarthy, head of the Met Office’s National Climate Information Centre, told Yahoo News UK: “The most remarkable aspect is just how much some of the May and spring records for these climate statistics have been exceeded.
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