Heatwaves will reoccur for the next FOUR years predict scientists

A dramatic sunrise looking east towards the mining town of Barberton from the hill village and escarpment of Kaapsehoop in Mpumalanga Province South Africa

A dramatic sunrise looking east towards the mining town of Barberton from the hill village and escarpment of Kaapsehoop in Mpumalanga Province South Africa

For 2018-2022, the impact linked to the natural variability of the climate will be "equivalent to anthropogenic global warming", which will thus result in an average temperature increase that is twice as high as with man-made warming alone, the main author Florian Sévellec, of the Physical and Space Oceanography Laboratory (CNRS / Ifremer), told AFP.

In addition to predicting that the planet's overall temperature will likely be "anomalously warm" over the next five years, the scientists also found that Earth's oceans could see "dramatic" temperature rises as well due to possible extreme heat events.

Heatwaves could become a common part of British summers over the next few years.

But the unusually hot weather was correctly predicted by the scientists, who said 2018 had a "high probability of having a warm anomaly" relative to the general effects of global warming.

Research has predicted that the next four years will be hotter than expected because of a weird phenomenon that has seen global warming slowing down in recent years.

"For 2018 to 2022, the probabilistic forecast indicates a warmer than normal period, with respect to the forced trend (of global warming)".

In future research, Sevellec hopes to pinpoint the climate phenomena he is studying on a regional scale, as the journal's current predictions consider global trends.

"The coming warm period is associated with an increased likelihood of intense to extreme temperatures", the researchers add.