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Next year could be one of the HOTTEST on record after 2018's sizzling heatwave, Met Office says

After this year's sweltering temperatures, we could be in for another dose of tropical weather in 2019.

Forecasters have predicted that the average global temperature next year will be around 1.10C above pre-industrial levels.

Warming from El Nino and rising levels of greenhouse gases are the contributing factors to next year's sizzling summer.

Since 1850, 2016 is the warmest year we've had on record with a central estimate of 1.15C above the same baseline.

 


Professor Adam Scaife, head of long-range prediction at the Met Office said: "Our forecasts suggest that by the end of 2019, 19 of the 20 warmest years on record will have occurred since the year 2000."

Forecasts issued by the Met Office at the end of 2017 for global temperatures this year were closely in line with what has been seen in 2018.

Dr Doug Smith, Met Office research fellow, said: "The forecast for 2019 would place next year amongst the five warmest years on record, which would all have occurred since 2015.

"All of these years have been around 1C warmer than the pre-industrial period."

Whilst warm summers are always a welcomed delight for Brits, it's also a sign that the planet is in trouble.

Experts have warned that we need to take urgent and dramatic action to bring down emissions rapidly in a bid to fight global warming.



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