Climate change is creating hotter days, says Dutch scientist

(EurActiv, 20 Jul 2022) Hot days are already getting hotter due to climate change, said Karin van der Wiel, climate scientist from the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), Dutch media NL Times reported.

The KMNI has issued a code orange across the centre and south of the Netherlands, with temperatures reaching 39 degrees. “Climate change is happening here and now. It’s not just something of the future,” van der Wiel said. 

The KMNI researches future climate scenarios and is working on its KMNI’23 scenario, which will be released in 2023 and will replace the current climate scenario, KMNI’14

The key figures for 2050 in the KMNI’14 show that summer temperatures will rise between 1-2.5 degrees, precipitation in the winter will increase by 3% – 17%, and sea levels will rise by 15-40 cm.  

According to van der Wiel, the global annual temperature has already gone up by one-degree celsius in comparison to 1850. However, he also pointed out regional differences, and the fact that land surface temperatures warm up quicker than sea surface temperatures.

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