‘Record-shattering’ heat becoming much more likely, says climate study

(The Guardian, 26 Jul 2021) More heatwaves even worse than those seen recently in north-west of America forecast in research.

“Record-shattering” heatwaves, even worse than the one that recently hit north-west America, are set to become much more likely in future, according to research. The study is a stark new warning on the rapidly escalating risks the climate emergency poses to lives.

The shocking temperature extremes suffered in the Pacific north-west and in Australia 2019-2020 were “exactly what we are talking about”, said the scientists. But they said the world had yet to see anything close to the worst impacts possible, even under the global heating that had already happened.

The research found that highly populated regions in North America, Europe and China were where the record-shattering extremes are most likely to occur. One illustrative heatwave produced by the computer models used in the study showed some locations in mid-northern America having temperatures 18C higher than average.

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The Guardian, 26 Jul 2021: ‘Record-shattering’ heat becoming much more likely, says climate study