A new study on climate change suggests that Brits are going to have to bundle up in the coming years, as they may begin to face more brutal winters, according to the Institute of Physics.
Research forecasts that as many as one in seven winters will send average temperatures below zero for extended periods of time.
Printed in the Institute of Physics’ Environmental Research Letter, the findings were derived from studies about low solar activity and its effects on winter weather patterns. Scientists have found that, on average, Britain has been experiencing lower winter temperatures in recent years, and the trend is likely to continue.
According to the research, the nation is in jeopardy of experiencing temperatures as low as those of the “Maunder minimum,” a period of low solar activity that affected Europe from 1645 to 1718 and was nicknamed the Little Ice Age because of its extremely cold winters.
Although researchers predict chillier winter temperatures in the United Kingdom, they are insistent that their findings do not necessarily mean that the year as a whole will be colder.
The coldest U.K. winter ever recorded was in 1683 to '84, but “just two year[s] later, right in the middle of the Maunder minimum, is the fifth warmest winter in the whole record,” reads the report. This illustrates that even during periods of decreased solar activity there can be periods of warmer, milder weather.
The scientists attached to this study make clear that their research simply addresses a naturally occurring weather pattern and is not related to the ongoing debate on global warming.
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