While the rising temperatures and their consequences are increasingly getting worrisome across the world, the British weather experts have a good news for this year that would definitely chill down our nerves. They have predicted 2008 to experience a cooler weather the world over. Thanks to a strong La Nina climate pattern over the Pacific, the impact of which is said to help keep the temperatures down.
But, the year is also predicted to remain among the top 10 hottest years on record. It would be the coolest year since 2000. It was then 0.24 degree C above the average, while overall the global temperature is expected to be 0.37 degree Celsius above that of 14.0 degrees. The cooling, thus, actually comes against the underlying warming trend.
Professor Chris Folland of the Met Office said,
Phenomena such as El Nino and La Nina have a significant influence on global surface temperature and the current strong La Nina will act to limit temperatures in 2008. However mean temperature is still expected to be significantly warmer than in 2000 … Sharply renewed warming is likely once La Nina declines.
This relieving forecast is taken into account on the basis of El Nino and La Nina, greenhouse gas levels, solar effects as well as the natural variations in the world’s oceans.