‘Heatwave of up to 40 degrees is not excluded’: experts warn of extreme weather in the UK

A 1.5 degree warming compared to the pre-industrial era is the most optimistic threshold set on the Paris climate string. The goal is to keep that threshold feasible at the COP26 summit in Glasgow, Scotland.

On the occasion of the publication of the UK climate report 2020, the director general of the Royal Meteorological Society, Lize Bentley, underlined that the planet is already experiencing a heatwave due to warming of 1.1 to 1.2 degrees. “If another 0.3 degrees were added to it, such heatwaves would become more and more intense. We’ll then probably record temperatures of up to 40 degrees in the UK, temperatures we’ve never seen before,” he said.

The highest temperature recorded in the UK to date was 38.7 degrees on 25 July 2019 in Cambridge. Bentley also warns that we won’t see the effects of global warming once in a while, but very regularly.

According to the report, 2020 was the third warmest, fifth most humid, and eighth sunniest year. This made it his first year in the top ten in three categories.

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