The rising temperature caused by climate change might lead to a significant increase in extreme summer downpours in the United Kingdom, according to a new study.
The research was published in the Nature Climate Change journal, the first to produce a clear link between extreme summer rainfall and climate change.
By 2100, the summer season is projected to be hotter and drier, increasing levels of moisture in the air. This is may result in extreme events, such as frequent flash floods.
According to the study’s primary author, the study showed “heavier summer downpours in the future, with almost five times more events exceeding 28mm in one hour in the future than in the current climate – changes we might expect theoretically as the world warms.”
The study focused on the southern parts of the UK, analyzing various models for nine months. The researchers initially struggled to create a clear link between global warming and disasters.
Flash flooding across Britain had devastating impacts on a number of communities in the previous years.
In August 2004, Boscastle flooding happened in the north Cornwall, where estimated 200m of rain poured in four hours. This caused a widespread flooding in the city.