Four heat records were set last year in the UK despite 2019 being only the eleventh warmest, according to the Met Office. The highest winter and summer temperatures since records began 140 years ago both occurred last year. On February 26 a temperature of 21.2C was recorded at Kew Gardens in west London and on July 25 the UK had its hottest day, with 38.7C recorded in Cambridge Botanic Gardens. Last Saturday a record high for 18.7C for December was provisionally recorded at Achfary in the Highlands, helped by a natural phenomenon called the Foehn effect — a type of dry, warm wind that heads down a slope.
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The last decade was the second hottest in the past 100 years in the UK, with eight new high-temperature records set. Four new UK records were set last year alone, including the highest winter and summer temperatures ever recorded. Dr Mark McCarthy, head of the National Climate Information Centre, said it was “a consequence of our warming climate”. The 2010s were the second hottest and second wettest of the “cardinal” decades (those spanning years ending 0-9) in the last 100 years of UK records. In both cases, the 2010s were slightly behind the 2000s.
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European scientists think they have settled one of the more alarming questions of the climate crisis: the potential collapse of the Atlantic current, the Gulf Stream that delivers heat from the tropics to the Arctic. The answer is clear. Total collapse is not likely for another 1000 years. But there is roughly a one in six chance in the next century that the flow of the north Atlantic current may temporarily halt or falter because of climate change.
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