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2007 To Be Hottest Year Ever

Thursday, January 4th, 2007 at 13:57 by Simon Kimber

Fan and air-conditioner manufacturers are rubbing their dry, moisture-less hands together in glee today with the news from the UK’s Met office that 2007 is likely to be the hottest we’ve had since records began.

This comes hot on the heels of an announcement that 2006 was… er… the hottest we’ve had since records began. Does anybody else see a pattern developing here?

The forecast has been put together based on various factors including the effects of El Nino weather events off the coast of South America, Greenhouse gas emissions from populated areas and patterns in the average global temperatures throughout previous years.

If you are old and southern enough to remember Michael Fish assuring us that there was no chance of a hurricane and then waking up to untold devastation, you’d be forgiven for taking any predictions the Met Office make with a size-able pinch of salt.  However, talking to the BBC, Professor Chris Folland of the Met Office’s Hadley Centre, explained,

“We have actually run this forecast three times, updating it every month… and it is completely stable.”

To be fair, it’s a pretty safe bet and you don’t need any meteorological qualifications to notice that our summers have been getting hotter and our reservoirs emptier.  OK, so the UK’s not about to turn into a desert wasteland just yet, but one can’t help wondering just how long it’s going to be before Christmas dinner moves out to the garden and the turkey gets chucked on the barbecue.

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