Milder winters are here to stay

9th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

9 May 2007, AMSTERDAM – Mild winters will be the norm in future, says the national meteorological institute KNMI. This past winter was the mildest on record.

9 May 2007

AMSTERDAM – Mild winters will be the norm in future, says the national meteorological institute KNMI. This past winter was the mildest on record.

New climate prediction models show that climate change resulting from greenhouse gases will be most noticeable in subtropical areas, just south of the Mediterranean Sea for instance, and in the melting ice around the North Pole.

Western Europe will also get markedly warmer. Winters will be characterised by stronger west winds, as was the case this past winter.

"We may still have a cold winter from time to time. The results of global warming in the Netherlands will not surpass the effects of natural climate fluctuations until 2020," the KNMI said.

The new calculations give a more accurate prediction of the changes in extremes. "Heat waves and heavy precipitation will be more common. Extreme cold will be less common." But it is still not clear whether heavy storms will become more violent, the KNMI said.

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