2021 to be ‘one of Earth’s hottest years on record’ despite weather phenomenon

2021 is set to be a scorcher, as the Met Office forecast it'll be one of Earth's hottest years on record.

It'll be the seventh year in a row when temperatures have exceeded or been close to 1C above levels before the industrial revolution (1850- 1900s).

However, the global forecast for 2021 is slighter lower than previous years since 2015, which is believed to be influenced by La Nina.

La Nina temporarily has a cooling effect on the global average temperature and sea surface temperatures across the east-central Equatorial Pacific is below average.

The phenomenon is a weather pattern where strong winds blow warm water from South America to Indonesia and allows cold water to rise to the surface.

Despite this cooling effect, 2021 is still going to be a hot year, according to the forecast.

The warmest years began in 2015, when global temperatures exceeded 1C than what they were around two centuries ago.

Dr Doug Smith, one of the weather service's leading experts in climate prediction, added: “The global temperature forecast for 2021 is an average across the planet.

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"Some locations are warming more rapidly than others. For example temperatures in the Arctic are warming at twice the rate of other regions.”

Prof. Adam Scaife, Head of Long Range Prediction at the Met Office, said, “The global temperature for 2021 is unlikely to be a record year due to the influence of the current La Niña, but it will be far warmer than other past La Niña years such as 2011 and 2000 due to global warming.”

The Met Office believe 2021 could be 1.03C above levels, which is slightly cooler than this year where it was 1.11C above the range for the months between January and October.

December is already set to be warmer than average for this time of year, and in July, London Heathrow Airport recorded a scorching 37.8C, making it the third-hottest day on record.

Cambridge Botanic Garden recorded the hottest temperature Britain has ever seen, at 38.7C during a heatwave last year.

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