05 Jan '12, 2am

2012 could be one of the top 10 hottest years since 1850, says the UK Met Office

2012 could be one of the top 10 hottest years since 1850, says the UK Met Office

This year could become one of the top 10 hottest since 1850, with global temperatures expected to be almost half a deg C warmer in 2012 than the long-term (1961-1990) average of 14 deg C, the UK's Met Office said on Wednesday. -- PHOTO: AP LONDON (REUTERS) - This year could become one of the top 10 hottest since 1850, with global temperatures expected to be almost half a deg C warmer in 2012 than the long-term (1961-1990) average of 14 deg C, the UK's Met Office said on Wednesday. The prediction follows provisional figures published by the Met Office and University of East Anglia last month, which showed that temperatures in 2011 were 0.36 deg C above the long-term average to make it the 11th warmest year on record. '2012 is expected to be around 0.48 deg C warmer than the long-term (1961-1990) global average of 14.0 deg C, with a predicted likely range of between 0.34 and...

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