While many have appreciated the scorching weather across the British Isles over the past few months, it has left the UK facing a number of severe issues.
Hosepipe bans have been enforced due to the drought which has also led to crop failures, with National Farmers Union president Guy Smith describing land as “being parched to the bone”.
The heatwave has also added pressure to the NHS, with nearly “3,000 incidents of hospitals overheating” according to shadow health secretary, Jon Ashworth.
However, new research says Britons may have to get used to the sometime debilitating heat as it will become more common in the future.
Research from the University of Bristol has found that if the current climate continues as it is, a heatwave similar to the one currently engulfing Britain will occur ever five to six years.
However, this is a best case scenario as a heap of climate models indicate temperatures will rise by 1.5 degrees in the near future and two degrees celsius by 2100 – as is evident by the Paris Climate Agreement.
In a world where temperatures increase by 1.5 degrees celsius, the heatwave will arrive every two years, and a two degrees celsius rise means Britain will experience the intense heatwave annually.
Dr Dann Mitchell, of the School of Geographical Sciences and Cabot Institute for the Environment University of Bristol, and lead author of the study, said: “We show that in our current climate, heat waves similar in temperature to the present one would occur about once every 5-6 years, on average.
“In the 1.5C future world, they would occur every other year, and in a 2C world, nearly all summers would likely have heat waves that are at least as hot as our current one.”
Experts say it is extremely likely – a 90 per cent chance – the globe will warm by at least two degrees celsius by the end of the century, potentially rising to 4.9 degrees celsius.
And heatwaves will not be the only unwelcome natural phenomenon.
There will be a drastic rise in droughts, floods, wildfires and storms as the planet’s ecosystem is damaged and sea levels will rise due to the melting ice caps.
The global population is set to reach 11 billion by 2100 which will increase the likes of food production, reliance on fossil fuels and housing which will all contribute to the rising temperatures.
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