It may have begun to feel chilly in the last few weeks, with frosts biting and temperatures dropping in the lead up to Christmas, but scientists predict that 2014 could end up being the warmest year on record.
Scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norfolk have released figures showing that this year’s temperatures are the highest ever and are 0.6 degrees above the past average for this time of year.
This means that, unless there is a widespread and unnatural drop in temperature over the next few weeks, average temperatures around the UK in 2014 will have been the highest since records began.
That is saying something as well, given that the oldest temperature records go back 350 years.
The situation is similar all over the world, with many temperature records set to be broken as 2014 draws to a close.
This is not a one off either, the previous hottest year on record was 2010 and the general temperature at any one time of year is increasing.
Global temperature has been increasing since around 1910 and is predicted to keep increasing into the future until 2100, when the UK will be 3 to 4 degrees warmer than now and the ice caps will be smaller.
This is a worrying prediction and those that made it say that it can be prevented from coming true.
Although there is still some controversy regarding global warming and natural temperature changes, most scientists agree that it is us who are causing the increase in global warming and it is us who can stop it.