The oceans make a big difference to the weather on Earth. They absorb heat from the sun and store it as they flow around the world. During the winter the ocean currents heat the air and the land. During the summer, they help to cool them.
Do you know what an ocean current is? It is a regular flow of water in the ocean. It can travel for thousands of kilometres across the world.
Have you ever heard of the Gulf Stream ?
The Gulf Stream is a very warm ocean current. It starts its journey in the Gulf of Mexico and travels all the way up along the coast of America and Newfoundland. A branch of the Gulf Stream flows across the Atlantic Ocean to northwest Europe. This is called the North Atlantic Drift and it helps to keep the climate of northwest Europe warm. That includes Ireland!
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