London: Scientists have said that the recent downturn in the rate of global warming will lead to lower temperature rises in the short-term.
Since 1998, there has been an unexplained "standstill" in the heating of the Earth`s atmosphere.
Dr Alexander Otto from the University of Oxford and colleagues said that this will reduce predicted warming in the coming decades.
But long-term, the expected temperature rises will not alter significantly, the BBC reported.
The researchers said that the difference between the lower short-term estimate and the more consistent long-term picture can be explained by the fact that the heat from the last decade has been absorbed into and is being stored by the world`s oceans.
The findings are published in the journal Nature Geoscience.