The new How will the climate change near me tool dreamed up by the Met Office and made available for all to try on the BBC website is not totally convincing for people who live in the Highlands north of Inverness. When I ran the tool with my Strathpeffer postcode I got the above results. I imagine that most folk up here would look forward to maximum temperatures higher than 30°C for once in while during summers in the Highlands, and I wouldn’t have thought that an increase in summer days from zero to just two was too much to get hot under the collar about concerning the impending threat from global warming. The Met Office of course have a different much more upbeat take on their climate tool and how it will be received, which may have something to do with the latitude they call home. Pardon me for saying this but I can’t help but smile when I read about how important it is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the Chief Scientists surname.
The interactive tool uses a mix of Met Office National Climate Information Centre observations with projection data from the UK Climate Projections. Generally, projections show that the UK will experience warmer, wetter winters and hotter, drier summers. But this new tool now allows people to easily see what could happen at a more local level in their area.Stephen Belcher, Chief Scientist UKMO
This approach of bringing historical observations together with the latest climate projections really puts future extremes into context. We’ve seen a raft of record-breaking weather over the past few years, and when you put that side by side with the projections it really brings to life what the weather could look like if we don’t significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.Dr Mark McCarthy, Head of the National Climate Information Centre UKMO