â€œWho are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?â€ — Groucho Marx.
Climate scientists yesterday stunned Britons suffering the coldest winter for 30 years by claiming last month was the Âhottest January the world has ever seen.
The remarkable claim, based on global satellite data, follows Arctic temperatures that brought snow, ice and travel chaos to millions in the UK.
At the height of the big freeze, the entire country was blanketed in snow. But Australian weather expert Professor Neville Nicholls, of Monash University in Melbourne, said yesterday: â€œJanuary, according to satellite data, was the hottest January weâ€™ve ever seen.
â€œLast November was the hottest November weâ€™ve ever seen. November-January as a whole is the hottest November-January the world has seen.â€ Veteran Âclimatologist Professor Nicholls was speaking at an online climate change briefing, added: â€œItâ€™s not warming the same everywhere but it is really quite challenging to find places that havenâ€™t warmed in the past 50 years.â€