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Revealed: There’s no evidence of a climate crisis in the UK


UK weather trends have changed very little in recent decades and have become, if anything, less extreme, according to a new paper published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation. 

An annual review of official weather data by climate researcher Paul Homewood shows that while very cold winters are now very rare, heatwaves have not been increasing. 

Similarly, there have been fewer droughts in recent decades, but we are not seeing more wet years, wet months, or wet days. 

Paul Homewood says: ‘The UK’s weather is becoming, if anything, less extreme. We are still waiting for evidence of a “climate crisis” that politicians and environmentalists claim is upon us. But observational data shows that in the UK there is no evidence for any worsening weather trends.’ 

According to the new report: 

  • Following a rise in UK temperatures during the 1980s and 90s, average temperatures have stabilised. 
  • The heatwaves of 1975 and 1976 were much more intense than anything seen since. 
  • In contrast, extreme coldwaves have become much less common. 
  • There has been little long-term change in rainfall trends in England and Wales. There has also been little change in seasonal rainfall trends there. Notable winters are not wetter, nor summers drier, than in the past. 
  • Rainfall is not becoming more extreme in England and Wales, whether on a decadal, annual, monthly, or daily basis. 
  • Wind storms have declined in strength since the 1980s/1990s. Sea levels around the UK have been rising at about 1.5mm a year during the last century, with no evidence of acceleration. 

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Kathy Gyngell
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