Last year unleashed heat wave hell across the United Kingdom, with record-high temperatures scorching cities and drying up the source for London's iconic River Thames. On Thursday, the nation's meteorological office confirmed that it was officially the U.K.'s hottest year on record, a fate mostly fueled by human-caused climate change.
In a news release, the U.K.'s Met Office said 2022 saw an average provisional temperature of 10.03 degrees Celsius, or about 50 degrees Fahrenheit, which the office says is the highest since records began in 1884. The previous record of 9.88 occurred in 2014.
Every nation within the U.K. — England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland — individually had record high average temperatures last year. England saw the biggest record jump, seeing an average 2022 temperature of 10.94 degrees Celsius, 0.19 degrees warmer than its previous heat record in 2014.