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The Met Office, which claims its global weather forecasting track record is good, appeared to then hedge its bets a little by saying: "A record warm year in 2010 is not a certainty – especially if the current El Niño was to unexpectedly decline rapidly near the start of 2010 or if there was a large volcanic eruption which would cool the planet."
Oddly, though the final temperature data for 2009 won't be available until March, both the Met Office and the World Meterological Organisation have released estimates – just in time for the big climate change talks in Copenhagen, prompting sceptics to accuse the Met Office of political lobbying.
So far the 'noughties' have been the warmest decade on record, with 2009 the fifth warmest year since records began. For now though, it might be best to stick to white Christmas predictions before planning a summer 'staycation'.
What do you think? Are we in for a scorching summer or will it be, as this year has been, a bit of a washout?