The Met Office has revealed what the UK can expect this year with the scorching El Niño weather system expected to take hold worldwide.
El Niño occurs every few years and describes the increase in sea surface temperatures, typically concentrated in the central-east Pacific Ocean.
The weather system is associated with record-breaking temperatures worldwide. The hottest year in recorded history, globally, was 2016 and came on the back of an El Niño.
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According to Netweather forecaster Nick Finnis, this year "it could push the world past a new average temperature record with help from climate change induced global warming".
So does this mean we in the UK are in for another scorching summer following last year when temperatures hit 40C for the first time in recorded history?
A Met Office spokesperson told the Daily Star that El Niño probably won't fully develop until later in the year, meaning crazy summer temperature increases seem unlikely.
To make matters worse, with El Niño seemingly developing during our winter, the spokesperson said we could actually be in for "colder" conditions than normal.
They told us: "The likelihood of El Niño (the warm phase of ENSO) developing later this year is increasing, according to the latest updates.
"During El Niño winters can be colder and drier for northern Europe and the UK, while southern Europe tends to get more rain.
"During El Niño periods summers in the UK can be hotter and drier.
"However, as El Niño is not likely to fully develop until later in the year we do not expect to see major impacts on the UK 2023 summer."
If the weather system is to develop too late to bring us a scorching summer, it would mean next year's would more likely be hot.
Netweather's Finnis previously said: "The UK may not see any dramatic temperature rises this year, but El Niño could result in higher temperatures next year, more particularly in summer."
The last El Niño took place across 2018 and 2019. Despite being weaker than the one that led to the 2016 record, the impact was enough to ensure 2019 and 2020 were the next two hottest years on record globally.
We are coming off three years of El Niño's counterpart La Niña, which sees episodes of cooler than average sea surface temperatures and is generally associated with cooler periods worldwide.
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