Weather forecasters revealed that parts of our planet are becoming cooler.
The forecast, which is said to be its most accurate five-year prediction yet because it uses the same system as its short-term forecasts, also predicts that average global temperature rises will not reach the upper-most predictions accepted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The forecast said a trend of hottest years on record, including 2015, is likely to end next year.
But overall the Met Office said the trend would continue to be a gradual creeping upwards over a longer timespan, so the threat of climate change remains real.
A Met Office spokesman said: “There is some indication of continued cool conditions in the Southern Ocean and of relatively cool conditions in the north Atlantic.
He said: “Averaged over the five-year period 2016-2020, forecast patterns suggest enhanced warming over land, and at high northern latitudes.
“This forecast also suggests global temperatures over the next five years are likely to be well within, or even in the upper half, of the range of warming expected by the CMIP5 models, as used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.”
The forecast is an average rise of between 0.28C and 0.77C above the long-term average for 1981 to 2010.