Last year's weather signals changing climate even though it was unremarkable, Met Office says
Though hardly remarkable overall, 2021 still recorded significant extreme events, including a new temperature record in Northern Ireland in July and exceptional rain in October.
There was nothing exceptional about the weather overall in 2021 in the context of climate change, according to the Met Office...
Yet it was only "unremarkable" because "our perception of what is normal is changing as our climate changes", the Met Office's Mike Kendon said.
Looking out of the window I immediately noticed how suspiciously dull and cloudy it is out there in dangerously normal Derbyshire. Worryingly mild too and I can't see the smoke from a single wildfire. That in itself is a cause for concern.
The air is horribly still as if a deadly breeze is lurking somewhere in the vicinity of Matlock. Given the slightest atmospheric disturbance, it could waft down the A6 and on through Belper leaving a dreadful trail of nicely dried washing fluttering in its wake. I see we'll just have to sit it out and hope for the best.