2006 sets British heat records

Several scary records for temperatures in Britain have been broken during 2006.

Scientists from the Met Office and the University of East Anglia (UEA) say the year was probably the hottest in central England since records began more than three centuries ago.

The average growing season temperature was the highest recorded in central England, while previous maximums for individual months were also passed.

Globally, 2006 was the sixth hottest year on record, cooled by La Nina conditions in the Pacific Ocean.

The Central England Temperature Record (CET) is the oldest continuous dataset for temperature anywhere in the world.

Its principal finding this year is that the average temperature for 2006 was almost certainly the highest ever seen in 347 years of CET measurements.