UK summer temperatures may hit 40C even if global warming is limited to 1.5C, scientist have warned
Written by Hit Music Radio News on 28/07/2021
2020 was the first year since records began to rank in the top 10 for heat, rainfall and sunshine, according to the Met Office.
It told Sky News that their ‘State of the UK Climate 2020 report’ provides further evidence that climate change is already measurably impacting the UK.
It found that 2020 was the third warmest, fifth wettest and eighth sunniest year on record.
It also found that the top 10 warmest years for the UK in records back to 1884 have occurred since 2002.
The last 30 years shows that 1991-2020 was 0.9C (1.62F) warmer and 6% wetter than the preceding 30 years and that six of the 10 wettest years for the UK since 1862 have happened since 1998.
Met Office Senior Climate Scientist Mike Kendon told Sky News: “Climate change isn’t just something that’s going to happen in the future, Climate change is something that is happening now.
“What these observations are showing us is that we are seeing this emerging pattern of more high-temperature extremes in the UK, but we’re also seeing more rainfall extremes for the UK, obviously as our climate warms, a warmer atmosphere can hold more moisture.
“I’m worried. As a scientist, I’m worried looking at these observations. I’m a dad. I worry about the future for my children.”
The Royal Meteorological Society has warned that summer temperatures may regularly hit 40C even if global temperatures are limited to a 1.5C (2.7F) rise above pre-industrial levels.
The report comes as the government announced it will spend £860 million on flood defence schemes this year across the country to help protect “thousands of homes and businesses”, according to the Environment Agency.
The spending is part of £5.2 billion in funding for flood protection, due to be spent over the next six years to help protect against the worst impacts of climate change.
The government says its newly published Flood and Coastal Erosion investment plan will better protect 336,000 properties, helping to avoid “£32 billion in wider economic damages and reducing national flood risk by 11 per cent”.
Despite the funding, Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of the Environment Agency, said that there is no way to fully protect every property and business at risk.
She said: “We have seen some devastating flooding around the world so far this summer.
“No one can prevent all flooding and climate change means the risk is increasing, but we can reduce the risks.”
Sky News has launched the first daily prime time news show dedicated to climate change.
The Daily Climate Show is broadcast at 6.30pm and 9.30pm Monday to Friday on Sky News, the Sky News website and app, on YouTube and Twitter.
Hosted by Anna Jones, it follows Sky News correspondents as they investigate how global warming is changing our landscape and how we all live our lives.
The show also highlights solutions to the crisis and how small changes can make a big difference.
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