British Meteorological Agency: Summer heatwaves in Europe triggered by climate change

The summer of 2021 was the hottest ever recorded

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A new analysis by the British Meteorological Service concludes that the heatwaves that hit Europe this summer would have been impossible to cause without human-caused climate change.

The summer of 2021 was the warmest ever recorded on the old continent with temperatures close to 1 degree Celsius above the average temperature of the period 1991-2020.

Scientists at the British Met Office, led by Greek analyst Nikos Christidis, used electronic simulations to compare these temperatures with those that would exist without human influence on climate.

They concluded that heatwaves of such intensity without the effect of climate change would occur once every thousands of years. Under the climatic conditions, however, such extreme weather events are estimated to occur every three years. By the end of the century, the phenomenon may even be annual.

Mr. Christidis noted that the new study "is another example of how climate change makes extreme weather even more serious."

It is noted that in the summer a new record temperature was recorded in Europe, namely 48,8 degrees Celsius in Syracuse, Sicily, breaking the record of 48 in Athens in 1977.

The analysis comes as the United Nations COP26 Conference on Climate Change in Glasgow is under way. The current theme of the conference is on financing the green transition.