Last year was the UK’s warmest since Met Office records began in 1910.

It was also the warmest year in the Central England Temperature series, which dates back to 1659, and is the longest running record of its type.

The UK’s mean temperature for the year was 9.9°C - that is 0.2 degrees higher than the previous record set in 2006.

But no month saw record temperatures - instead each month was consistently warm, according to the Met Office.

There was a similar picture in Huddersfield, where 2014 saw an average temperature of 9.06°, 0.32°C above the previous record.

Huddersfield weatherman Paul Stevens said 10 months of the year saw average temperatures above average, whereas March and August were below average.

Last year’s record means that eight of the UK’s top ten warmest years have occurred since 2002.

Mr Stevens, of Salendine Nook, said: “In Huddersfield we have seen temperatures rise slightly for each of the last three years, and a 0.32° rise is quite a marked increase.


“No month was particularly hot but the year was consistently mild, apart for August in particular which saw almost double the average amount of rainfall. We reached 103mm, compared to an average of about 60mm, and that kept temperatures down.

October was the month with the biggest rise above average as we reached 11.1°, some 1.2° above average. It came as we saw a summer that seemed to go on and on.

“But on the whole, even though it came in as a record, it was a pretty unremarkable year weatherwise”

The analysis also shows 2014 was the UK’s fourth wettest year, with 1,297.1 millimetres of rainfall.

It was the warmest year on record for all nations and regions in the UK apart from Northern Ireland, which had its joint third warmest year behind 2007 and 2006.