2009 warms up to 5th hottest on record

Wed, Dec 2, 2009

Climate Change, UK Climate Change

According to the Met Office annual temperatures for 2009 confirm that the world is getting warmer.

This year is likely to one of the top five warmest years globally since records began 150 years ago. The UK’s weather service projects that, unless there is an exceptionally cold spell before the end of the year, temperatures will be up on last year.

Don’t listen to the climate sceptics who suggest that the temperature rise appears to have stalled in recent years. That was caused in part by the Pacific La Nina current, which cools the Earth and whose influence declined in the spring of 2009.


Here are some more undisputed scientific facts about our weather:

1.The last ten years have been in the top 15 warmest on record and the decade 2000-2009 has been warmer, on average, than any other decade in the previous 150 years.

2. The UK enjoyed temperatures in Summer 2009 that were higher than the long-term average.
Although the Met Office was pilloried after forecasting a “barbecue summer”, it was their rainfall forecast, not the projected temperatures, that was wrong.

3. In 2010 we will see the influence of the warming El Nino current and the Met Office suggests there is a 50% chance that global temperatures will hit an all-time high.

4. Read this excellent statement from the scientists at the Met Office, National Environment Research Council and the Royal Society which sets out the devastating effects of climate change to influence the Copenhagan Climate Change Summit between 6-18 December


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The dark days of winter may be upon us, but now is the perfect time to start planning how your garden is going to adapt to these temperature rises and unpredictable weather patterns.


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