"Warmer than average in the northern hemisphere through August" - Wel.nl

“Warmer than average in the northern hemisphere through August” – Wel.nl

Good news in itself about the temperatures this summer, not just for us Northwest Europeans. Forecasts are that it will be warmer than average in the next three months, especially in the Northern Hemisphere, due to the cold La Niña Gulf Stream, however, our part of Europe is excluded.

La Niña causes a decrease in the temperature of sea water around the equator in the eastern part of the Pacific Ocean. It happened in recent months, but now it has come to an end. As a result, meteorologists expect neutral conditions in the ocean. It will lead to above-average temperatures in the coming months, particularly in the northern hemisphere, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

The World Meteorological Organization also estimates that there is a 90 percent chance that the year between 2021 and 2015 will be the warmest on record. This would break the record set in 2016. Higher temperatures and lower rainfall are expected in the coming months, but northwest Europe will be ruled out.

Meanwhile, the climate crisis continues unabated. “The La Niña has a temporary global cooling effect, which is stronger in the second year of its occurrence. The current episode occurred in 2020 and 2021, which means that 2021 is off to a great start. It should not be,” said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas. It gives us a false sense of security or makes us believe that climate change has paused.”

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