The results of this study comprise but one additional example of the findings of many investigations that have documented the significant effect of solar activity variability on earth's climate, as may be verified by perusing the materials we have archived under the general heading of Solar Effects (Centennial-Scale Cycles) in our Subject Index, as well as the materials we have posted under the many other sub-headings grouped beneath the "Solar Effects" umbrella.
Last month was the dullest August in the UK since records began in 1929, the Met Office has confirmed.
There were just 105.5 hours of sunshine, far less than the average for the month of 165.1 hours.
This August was also the fifth wettest on record with 139.8mm (5.5in) of rain falling, causing floods in some areas.
Temperatures in the northern hemisphere have been at their hottest in the last decade for at least 1,300 years, researchers have said.
Although this summer has been a washout with August the dullest ever on record, it seems we have been enjoying some of the highest temperatures ever recorded.
With a lack of widespread climate records from thermometers before the mid 19th century, scientists have to use data from 'natural climate archives' such as corals, tree-rings, sediment and ice core samples to work out temperatures in the past.