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Compelling proof of a warming world as 2014 hottest on record

By David Mercer

Global warming has "substantially increased" the chance of temperature records being broken in the UK, with 2014 set to be the country's hottest year on record, weather experts have said.

The UK's average temperature is expected to be 9.9C (49.8F) this year - the warmest in records dating back to 1910 and beating the previous highest of 9.7C (49.5F) set in 2006, according to the Met Office.

It means that the UK's top eight warmest years have been recorded since 2002. The Met Office said that while there had been no "record-breaking" individual months for temperatures, every month, except August, had been warmer than average.

A spokesman said: "Although individual months were unremarkable, it was the persistence of the warmth that was unusual and together they add up to something record-breaking."

It has also been notably wet in 2014, after the UK recorded its fifth wettest year since records dating back to 1910. Some 1,290mm (50.8in) of rain fell up to December 28 - just 5mm (0.2in) short of the fourth wettest year in 2008 but with three days of the year remaining.

The Met Office said the winter of 2013/2014 was the UK's wettest in records since 1910.

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