WARRINGTON could already be feeling the impact of climate changes according to the Worldwide Fund for Nature.

After analysis of weather data the organisation says that the impact of climate change could already start to take effect.

Figures from the Met Office showed that 2007 had higher than normal temperatures with the average temperature 14.2 degrees celsius, an increase of 1.1 degrees.

The year started unusually warm with January more than three degrees higher than average and continued into spring with a dramatic increase in temperatures that saw April four degrees hotter than normal.

The changes were also matched with increases in rainfall with 922.5mm of water falling in the area, an increase of 13 per cent on the long term average.

Colin Butfield, head of campaigns at WWF-UK, said: "Not only was 2007 an incredibly wet year but the higher than normal average temperatures made it the second warmest year ever recorded.

"The changes in our weather patterns that we are witnessing are in line with predictions that the UK climate will become warmer and wetter."