Weakest Gulf Stream in 1,000 years could bring more ‘extreme’ winters to UK and Europe, says study
The Gulf Stream that helps warm the UK and northwest Europe is at its weakest in over 1,000 years and could lead to more “extreme and intense” winters, according to researchers.
They say the slowdown observed in the 20th century is “unprecedented” and likely connected to climate change.
The Gulf Stream is part of a larger “conveyer belt” of ocean currents known as Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) and carries warm water from the tip of Florida towards Europe.
Its effect ensures Britain has relatively mild winters and without it experts believe temperatures would be around 5C cooler.