Global warming may quintuple summer downpours in UK

June 2, 2014 9:08 AM

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By 2100 southern England will be drenched by five times as many sudden summer deluges as it is today, probably causing more flash floods, according to an advanced climate model. Other parts of the world are likely to experience similar increases in downpours, and global warming will be to blame.

The new research uses a climate model that has been run at a far higher resolution than previously attempted. Whereas previous models divided the world into squares 12 kilometres to a side, the new analysis goes down to 1.5-kilometre squares.

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