This is the UK without the nice warming effect of the gulf stream. This is described on the weather reports as “the gulf stream taking a vacation”. But is it? I remember reading articles predicting this as part of the continuing change in climate. A quick google reveals quite a few articles, like this from the Times.
Such a change could have a severe impact on Britain, which lies on the same latitude as Siberia and ought to be much colder. The Gulf Stream transports 27,000 times more heat to British shores than all the nation’s power supplies could provide, warming Britain by 5-8C.
But could this happen so quickly?
However, Wadhams suggests the effect could be dramatic. “One of the frightening things in the film The Day After Tomorrow showed how the circulation in the Atlantic Ocean is upset because the sinking of cold water in the north Atlantic suddenly stops,” he said.
“The sinking is stopping, albeit much more slowly than in the film — over years rather than a few days. If it continues, the effect will be to cool the climate of northern Europe.”
Time to move?