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UK temperature record for June throws spotlight on government

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🗞️  Driving the news:

🗞️  Driving the news: The UK experienced its hottest June on record
• Met Office data showed the average temperature for the month of June was 15.8°C, 2.5°C higher than average

🔭 The context: The rise in temperatures was observed in 72 out of 97 areas where temperature data is collected
• The chief meteorologist at the Met Office, Paul Davies, attributed this to the combination of natural variability and human-induced climate change

🌎 Why does it matter for the planet: The record-breaking temperatures serve as evidence of the impact of climate change. Heatwaves have become more frequent and intense, resulting in an increased risk of heat-related deaths, particularly among the elderly

⏭️ What's next: The UK Environmental Audit Committee has launched an inquiry on heat resilience, focusing on government policy
• The committee's chair, Philip Dunne, highlighted the urgency to adapt and reduce the number of heat-related deaths

💬 One quote: "Climate change is causing hotter summers for us all, and we must learn to adapt better." (Philip Dunne, Chair of the UK Environmental Audit Committee)

📈 One stat: The likelihood of another June surpassing the previous temperature record has doubled since the 1940s, with eight out of the 12 months having recorded average temperature records since 2006

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