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The UK risks summers over 40°C, even as the temperature rises to 1.5°C

Already facing warmer and wetter weather, the UK will likely see summer temperatures above 40C, even if global warming is contained at 1.5C, forecasters warned Thursday, July 29.

This limit corresponds to the more ambitious goal set by the Paris Agreement to limit global warming compared to the pre-industrial era, which the British presidency of COP 26, scheduled for November in Glasgow, hopes to maintain. ” we wish “. However, according to many scholars, it is elusive.

On the occasion of publication UK annual climate report For 2020, the Executive Director of the Royal Meteorological Society, Liz Bentley, noted that the planet is already experiencing extreme heat caused by a temperature rise of 1.1 to 1.2 degrees Celsius. “If we add another 0.3 °NS “heat waves “It will only get more and more intense We will probably see 40 °C in the UK, although we haven’t seen this kind of temperature before”He told me.

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The highest temperature ever recorded in the UK is 38.7°C, a record set on 25 July 2019 in Cambridge. reach 1.5 °C from global warming, it won’t be something we only see once or twice.”, more “Something we’ll see regularly”She added. Mike Kendon, report author, referee So BBC What to note at 40°C in summer in the UK it is “Responsible”, stressing that the phenomenon of global warming has already manifested in the country.

According to the report, 2020 is the third warmest, the fifth rainiest, and the eighth sunniest. The average winter temperature was 5.3°C, 1.6°C higher than the average observed between 1981 and 2010. With 34°C for six consecutive days, at the beginning of August 2020, southern England experienced one of the greatest waves Heat from the past sixty years. According to Mike Kendon, the UK’s temperature has risen above 34°C in seven of the past 10 years, compared to seven in the past 50 years.

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COP26, “Last Chance”

For US Special Envoy on Climate John Kerry, COP26 has been formed in Glasgow “Last Chance to Minimize Damage” linked to climate change. “Glasgow is our last hope that the worst consequences are avoided and the planet does not change unexpectedly.”He warned on Thursday during an exchange in London with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The UK was hit by torrential rains last weekend which led to flooding in London. Various parts of the world have recently experienced such extreme weather events, from the deadly floods in Germany in mid-July to the devastating floods in Afghanistan on Thursday. “Now we have to manage water efficiently”Honorable John Kerry, H “Electrical switch” The country’s infrastructure, in Construction of dams, walls, barriers and pumping systems.

A man walks barefoot on a flooded street in central London on July 25.

According to Tom Burke, head of environmental thought group E3G, COP26 will be the first edition of this global climate conference where “The science of climate change has been validated by events”. “It’s not just what scientists say, it’s what people experience”He said Thursday, at the invitation of Prime Minister Boris Johnson to be more clear At the diplomatic level before COP26.

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