Experts to examine 'unusual seasons' in UK

We have seen a run of unusual seasons in the UK and northern Europe, such as the cold winter of 2010, last year's wet weather and the cold spring this year.

This may be nothing more than a run of natural variability, but there may be other factors impacting our weather.

For example, there is emerging research which suggests there is a link between declining Arctic sea ice and European climate - but exactly how this process might work, and how important it may be among a host of other factors, remains unclear.

The Met Office is running a workshop to bring together climate experts from across the UK to look at these unusual seasons, the possible causes behind them, and how we can learn more about those drivers of our weather.

– Stephen Belcher, head of the Met Office Hadley Centre

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