All EU Cities face a worsening of heatwaves


The research by Newcastle University has for the first time analysed changes in flooding, droughts and heatwaves for all European cities using all climate models.

  • a worsening of heatwaves for all 571 cities
  • increasing drought conditions, particularly in southern Europe
  • an increase in river flooding, especially in north-western European cities
  • for the worst projections, increases in all hazards for most European cities 
  • Cork, Derry, Waterford, Wrexham, Carlisle, Glasgow, Chester and Aberdeen could be the worst hit cities in the British Isles for river flooding
  • Even in the lowest case scenario, 85% of UK cities with a river are predicted to face increased river flooding

University of Newcastle Press Release

Read the research paper in full at Environmental Research Letters

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