Hot-Sun-Thermometer-300x295Friends of the Earth Scotland has warned that 2014 is going to be the hottest year on record. Dr Richard Dixon, Director of Friends of the Earth Scotland, said,

“With the warmest spring ever and every month bar one above average so far, 2014 is on course to be the hottest year ever recorded in Scotland. This would mean that eight years since 2000 are in the top ten warmest since records began in 1910. Scotland’s weather is showing a very clear long-term trend of increasing temperatures, just as climate change scientists predict.”

The top line statisitcs for Scotland from January to October 2014 are:

  • 2014 is on course to be the warmest year ever recorded in Scotland, with an average temperature of 8.3°Celsius.
  • The 1981-2010 average is 7.4°Celsius and the warmest year so far was 2006
  • foe_logoThe average temperature of the first 10 months of the year have been the highest ever
  • All but one month in 2014 have been warmer, and 7 months more than 1°Celsius warmer, than the 1981-2010 average
  • Spring 2014 was the warmest spring ever recorded
  • Temperature – April was the 4th warmest April, June was the equal 4th warmest June and September was the 5th warmest September ever recorded
  • Rain – February was the 5th wettest February and October was the 3rd wettest October ever recorded
  • Sunshine – July was the 4th sunniest July ever recorded

2014 temperatures so far compared to the 1981-2010 average