Veteran Weatherman Has A Weather Warning For Dorset
4:15pm 4th March 2014
Veteran TV weather forecaster Michael Fish was in Dorchester last night.
The weatherman who was the star speaker at an event at the Corn Exchange for the launch of Dorset's Climate Week.
But he had some serious warnings for the county.
Revealing data of computer models for the future based on current carbon dioxide emissions Mr Fish warned of 'scary' weather systems facing the county - forecasting sweltering summers and drastic water shortages that would play havoc with current farming practices.
'We could well see a six degree increase in temperatures over southern Britain by the end of the century,' he said, adding that water supplies would be seriously depleted.
'We could see 30C days in London increasing from the current rate of seven days a year to 50 days a year.
'And by the middle of the century, apart from on the highest Scottish mountains snowfall could be unknown in the rest of the UK.'
In his lecture, Mr Fish pointed out that 12 of the 13 hottest years in history have happened in the last 12 years.
He added: 'The last time that the Earth was as warm as this was 120,000 years ago.'
He said that according to weather statistics the world should have been heading instead to a new Ice Age.
'And we were,' he said, 'But we're not now and the reason is because we have completely reversed the trend. We should be half a degree cooler but we've already increased it by one degree.'
Mr Fish also painted a frightening scenario for a rise in sea levels that could devastate low-lying seaside communities like Weymouth, West Bay and parts of Lyme Regis.
'If we do nothing about climate change and just stay as we are now, sea levels could rise by a metre by the end of the century.'
However, Mr Fish acknowledged that none of the 300-strong audience would ever get to know if the computer model predictions were correct.
'It won't be in any of our lifetimes whether we'll know if the models are right or wrong,' he said.
'I just hope that there is someone somewhere, some genius, who will come up with a new energy source that we haven't thought of. What we need is genius.'
For more details of Dorset Climate Week go to www.clsdorset.org.uk