Why 2016 is expected to be our warmest-ever year

Scarborough South bay beach is bathed in sunshine... and forecasters are predicting a warm 2016.

Scarborough South bay beach is bathed in sunshine... and forecasters are predicting a warm 2016.

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the skies of Yorkshire have been gloomy so far in 2016 and the region has suffered from recent floods, but this could yet turn into a record-breaking year of warm weather, according to the Met Office.

Residents looking for a temporary escape can expect unusual levels of heat around the world.

“This forecast suggests that by the end of 2016 we will have seen three record, or near-record years in a row for global temperatures.”

Professor Adam Scaife

The mean temperature for the coming 12 months could be close to one degree centigrade above the average of 14 degrees, calculated between 1961 and 1990.

In the UK, there have just been record temperatures for December, with the mean figure being around 8 degrees, which would be more common during the spring months of April and May.

The predictions for 2016 take into account man-made global warming and El Niño will also play a part with unusually warm waters in the tropical Pacific Ocean.

Professor Adam Scaife, head of long-range prediction at the Met Office, said: “This forecast suggests that by the end of 2016 we will have seen three record, or near-record years in a row for global temperatures.”

The Met Office have stated that, while it does not expect this run of back-to-back records to continue indefinitely, the current situation shows how global warming can combine with smaller, natural fluctuations to produce unprecedented warmth.

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