Guest columnist of the week

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Cumbernauld weather man Paul Ward

Global warming is highly unlikely to have caused the cold and windy weather that has been with us all spring.

There are always seasonal variations and many factors that influence them. This spring has been mainly dry and sunny for us due to high pressure in the west, but sandwiched between that and low pressure to the east has caused cold northerly winds.

Rising sea temperatures in the north Atlantic (possibly caused by global warming) could produce wetter weather as low pressure systems bring warm moist air from the west which in turn causes heavy rain. This may have contributed to the very wet beginning of this 2013 and could lead to a very wet autumn.