Heatwaves, storms and hard freezes will hit the UK in 2022

It’s safe to say that the UK experienced all four seasons in 2022.

A turbulent start to the year gave way to record high temperatures – followed by floods and freezing temperatures.

Winter weather January 29, 2022

A person on Tynemouth’s windy beach on the North East Coast as Storm Malik passed in January (Owen Humphreys/PA)

In January, Malik – the first named storm of the year – hit northern parts of the UK, with winds of over 100mph in parts of Scotland and widespread disruption to travel and power supplies.

Winter weather February 19, 2022

A runner looks at wind damage in London as Storm Eunice hit in February (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Three other storms – Dudley, Eunice and Franklin – were named in one week in February, with two red weather warnings and some of the highest wind speeds recorded in more than 30 years.

Dudley and Eunice were named on February 14 – the first time two storms were named simultaneously.

Winter weather February 20, 2022

Richmond’s Beste Onal has her hair blown in the wind as she runs along the Long Walk in Windsor Great Park in February (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Exposed coastal sites were blown away by winds of 81 mph, while a gust of 122 mph was recorded on the Isle of Wight, setting an English record.

Winter weather February 24, 2022

A man on a paddle board rides a flooded lane in Uckinghall, near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, in February (Ben Birchall/PA)

The stormy season passed quickly, however, and the joy of spring came soon after.

In April, the UK was warmer than California with 23°C and the mercury continued to rise.

Spring weather April 24, 2022

A crowd walks past cherry blossom trees at The Meadows in Edinburgh during fine April weather (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Though disrupted by thunderstorms and lightning strikes, thermometers continued to measure history.

Spring weather May 11, 2022

A flock of Canadian goslings cross a path along a lake at Calderstones Park in Liverpool in May (Peter Byrne/PA)

On July 19, the Met Office confirmed a new UK temperature record of 40.3°C at Coningsby in Lincolnshire.

Records were also broken in Wales – 37.1°C at Hawarden Airport in Flintshire on July 18 – and Scotland – 34.8°C at Charterhall on July 19.

Summer weather July 19, 2022

A couple sunbathe as a China Eastern plane lands at London Heathrow Airport in July (Jonathan Brady/PA)

There was no break in the night, and Britain experienced its warmest night on record as extreme heat continued into the mid-1920s.

Summer weather July 19, 2022

People come to watch the sunrise at Cullercoats Bay, North Tyneside in July (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Scientists have warned that the extreme heat was driven by climate change, which is making any heatwave more intense, more frequent and more likely.

Rail services were severely disrupted, with no services to or from London King’s Cross, no Thameslink or Great Northern trains north of London, and only very limited services on the East Midlands Railway.

Sunflowers in bloom

Nicholas Watts, left, with his daughter Lucy Taylor and three-year-old grandson Ralph among his sunflower harvest at Vine House farm in Deeping Saint Nicholas, near Spalding, Lincolnshire, in July (Joe Giddens/PA)

There were also very limited and disrupted services to and from London Euston, on Avanti West Coast and West Midlands Railway and London Marylebone on Chiltern Railways, and temporary speed restrictions amid the risk of rail buckling.

Summer weather August 11, 2022

A person jogging on a path through dead grass in Victoria Park, East London in August (Victoria Jones/PA)

Fire crews battled hundreds of fires across the country as fields and meadows turned into a “powder box”.

One regional service said the number of open fires had tripled in a week, while the Met Office warned that much of England was at extreme risk.

Autumn color of Kew Gardens

Fall colors on display at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in October (Yui Mok/PA)

Some people have been forced to evacuate their homes, with the National Trust admitting they are on “pin hooks” over the possibility of a large-scale fire.

A resident of the village where the flames swept through Britain’s hottest day said it was “like a Blitz scene” after around 19 homes were destroyed.

Autumn weather October 31, 2022

A car drives along the B3046 near Old Alresford in Hampshire on Halloween (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Villagers in Wennington, Greater London, have been left to fend for themselves after the fires, first seen in the back gardens, quickly swept through rows of houses.

Residents said the entire street was engulfed in flames in one area, and neighbors had gathered to seek shelter at a local church.

Autumn weather November 3, 2022

A wet fox near Southwark Crown Court in South London in November (James Manning/PA)

The heat gave way to torrential downpours and more typical British weather, with parts of London receiving more than half a month of rain in just one night.

Winter weather December 9, 2022

A man running through fog in Primrose Hill, London, early December (Victoria Jones/PA)

Memories of the hot summer seemed far away as in the fall there were warnings of gas shortages, power outages and falling mercury concentrations.

Arctic weather in December, accompanied by winter downpours and “freezing fog”, prompted severe weather alerts as the mercury plunged to minus 9 degrees Celsius in the South Oxfordshire village of Benson.

Winter weather December 12, 2022

A deer in Richmond Park, south-west London, on December 12 (James Manning/PA)

This came after forecasters said the last month of the year would have to be near-record cold to avoid the hottest year on record in Britain in 2022.

Winter weather December 18, 2022

People climbing ice on the frozen Kinder Downfall, High Peak, Derbyshire, December 18 (Danny Lawson/PA)

Preliminary Met Office data showed that the fall of 2022 – September, October and November – was the third warmest on record, with an average temperature of 11.1°C, surpassed only by autumn figures from 2011 and 2006, in a series stretching back to 1884 r.

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