Seven in ten Brits say weather or climate has changed in their lifetime

Matthew SmithHead of Data Journalism
February 19, 2019, 11:12 AM GMT+0

Men are less likely than women to believe there has been a change, which may be down to climate change scepticism

Britain is experiencing an unseasonably warm February, with news reports suggesting that we could even see a record-breaking temperature this month. Many Britons will be casting their minds back to the sweltering spring we experienced last year and hoping for more of the same.

It seems that traditional expectations of the weather we will see during any given season are increasingly outdated in the public mind.

A YouGov Realtime survey conducted in April last year shows that seven in ten Brits (70%) believe that “the British weather, seasons or climate are different these days to when [they] were younger”.

This figure stays roughly consistent across all age groups except – as you would expect, given the shorter timespan in question - the very youngest. Only 54% of 18 to 24 year olds think things have changed.

Women are also noticeably more likely than men to believe the weather is different these days, at 75% compared to 64%.

This could be down to climate change scepticism: previous research has shown that men tend to be more sceptical about the existence of man-made climate change than women (26% vs 20%, according to YouGov Profiles).

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