A few days after we caught the tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo, seeing some of the worst weather of the year in certain parts of the UK, both NASA and NOAA (US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) report that the month of September was the hottest (& driest) recorded globally since 1880 when records began, with May, June and August of this year also the warmest on record. NOAA indicate there is every likelihood that 2014 will be the hottest year since records began more than 135 years ago, topping 2010 which currently holds the spot.
Climate experts have warned that if the long awaited ‘El Niño’ (a warming of the tropical Pacific Ocean, that causes the surface of the sea in the area along the equator to become hotter than usual, known to drive up temperatures worldwide) arrives over the next month or two as expected, it will continue into 2015 increasing the probability that 2015 will be even hotter than 2014.
Whilst for many of us the warmer weather is welcome, enabling us to enjoy the great outdoors more frequently, given that 7 of the 10 warmest years on record in the UK occurred during the 21st century, coupled with an unprecedented number of heat waves and droughts, it does highlight the continued issue of climate change and how it is one of most important issues facing humanity, one that we’re not doing enough to tackle.
*Image courtesy of ITV