Budapest (MTI) – Last year was the hottest year on average in Hungary since 1901, with a mean temperature of almost 12 C., the national meteorological office said on Tuesday.

Also, last year more weather alerts were issued due to extreme weather events such as sudden downpours than ever before, according to its report on extreme climate and weather conditions.

Temperature extremes in 2014 were not especially marked, the office noted, and mild weather in normally cold seasons meant that the average temperature reached 11.95 C., a rise of 0.2 C. compared with the previous post-1901 record registered in 2007.

According to the World Meteorological Organisation, 2014 was the hottest year globally since international record keeping began in 1850.

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