This year finished as the 7th warmest on record – some 0.8C warmer than the 1981-2010 average.
Only two months of 2018 were more than 1C below – the means of April, May, June and July were at least 2C above average.
Rainfall was less remarkable with the year finishing 97 per cent of average. The total of 584.4mm puts it as the 81st driest since 1797, just over 20mm wetter than 2017.
It was a sunny year with 1,641 hours of sunshine recorded. That’s 111 per cent of average, the 23rd sunniest since 1881.
You can read the national review of weather events at the Met Office blog here.