If you read this article it would appear that they are making an assertion that they can't quite be as positive about their "Global Warming" stance as they would like you to believe.
Forecasters predict that the annual figure for 2010 will be 14.58C (58.24F), 0.58C (1.04F) above the long-term average of 14.0C (58.2F).
They say the combination of climate change and a moderate warming of the tropical Pacific Ocean are set to drive up temperatures next year.
The next line is interesting:
The current record record is 14.52C (58.14F), which was set in 1998.
We haven't cooled then?
Here's the caveat:
However it added: "A record warm year in 2010 is not a certainty, especially if the current El Nino was to unexpectedly decline rapidly near the start of 2010, or if there was a large volcanic eruption.
And where do they get their data from? Yes you've guessed it , CRU at the University of East Anglia.
The full article ishere