Will La Niña affect our winter weather?

The Met Office have just posted in their blog about how La Niña might affect our winter weather. They think that there’s a possibility that it may have come soon enough to prevent 2020 knocking 2016 off the top of warmest years globally. Professor Adam Scaife on one hand this could promote higher than average pressure in the central Atlantic and promote blocking, on the other hand the article says because the QBO is in its westerly phase this could mean a wetter and milder winter – who’d be a climate scientist? They also quite oddly, to my mind at least, mention that the start of the new solar sunspot cycle 25 which can be associated with cold winter weather, which is news to me. They don’t specify on that last point whether this is globally or just across Europe.

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