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El Nino to bring ‘chaotic’ weather to UK heading into ‘unprecedented’ territory

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El Nino is set to bring "chaotic" weather to Britain which is heading into "unprecedented" territory, a meteorologist has claimed.

According to Jim Dale, senior meteorologist at British Weather Services, El Nino — which is a phenomenon occurring every three to seven years when the Pacific Ocean heats up more than usual and raises global temperatures — will dramatically affect the UK in the coming months and into next year.

He told the Daily Express that the country will end up in a "different world" where "chaotic occurrences" are more likely to happen.

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The forecaster explained that some of these "chaotic occurrences" could result in 21C heat in February, severe thunderstorms, four week-long blizzards, or even tornadoes, as well as more record breaking temperatures.

Mr Dale added: "It’s kind of anything goes. It brings out unprecedented unusual events. This does not mean every event will be cataclysmic. It could be unusually quiet."

Carlo Buontempo, director of the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service said: "El Nino is normally associated with record-breaking temperatures at the global level."

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports that El Nino tends to increase global temperatures by roughly 0.2C.

Mr Dale added that the effects of El Nino, combined with "where we are in terms of climate change" are what make this El Nino harder to predict compared to previous ones as it could push global temperatures over the 1.5C global warming threshold.

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