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Climate change

2014 was Britain's warmest year on record

The U.K.'s Met Office weather agency announced Monday that 2014 was Britain's hottest year since the country started keeping records in 1910.

The average U.K. temperature in 2014 was 9.9 degrees Celsius (49.82 degrees Fahrenheit), which was 0.2 degrees higher than the previous record in 2006. Eight of Britain's top 10 hottest years on record have happened since 2002.

2014 was also the U.K.'s fourth-wettest year since 1910. Five of Britain's six wettest years have occurred after 2000, emphasizing the effects of climate change, AFP notes.