The summer of 2022 will be remembered as a dry and sunny three months, and for England, the joint warmest summer on record according to mean temperature*.

This means that four of the five warmest summers on record for England have occurred since 2003, as the effects of human-induced climate change are felt on England’s summer temperatures.

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*At this stage the national statistics are provisional based on the observations Met Office have available now.

There is an ongoing data collection and quality control process so the numbers may be revised due to the slower time stations reporting and more comprehensive checks on the data. Usually the changes are small, but in this case a difference between 2018 and 2022 is not a statistically robust difference to be able to declare 2022 as an outright record holder.