Scientists have warned that our world is in the danger of entering a new phase which could be called the “mini ice age”. This can possibly happen just after 15 years, when severe cold winters can affect some parts of the world. According to research, the fluid movements within the sun will converge to such an extent that the temperatures are going to fall down dramatically during 2030-2040. This phenomenon would result in Maunder minimum, that will cause river Thames to freeze. The last Maunder minimum occurred in 1645 that lasted till 1715.
A new model of the sun’s activity was created by the solar researchers at the University of Northumbria. It is said to produce accurate predictions and through intense research, Prof Valentina Zharkova has indicated that the solar activity will fall up to 60 percent as the two waves of fluid effectively cancel each other out. This is a clear indication that the freezing conditions similar to the 17th century could be observed in 2030s.
“[In the cycle between 2030 and around 2040] the two waves exactly mirror each other – peaking at the same time but in opposite hemispheres of the sun,” she said.
“Their interaction will be disruptive, or they will nearly cancel each other”.
“We predict that this will lead to the properties of a Maunder minimum”.