Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Dramatic Decrease in ‘Mild’ Weather for Tropical Countries by 2100

While climate change tends to be associated with extreme weather events or the long-term rise in global average temperature, a new study takes a different angle by considering what could happen to ‘mild’ weather conditions.

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The research, published in Climatic Change, find that warm, dry days that are ideal for outdoor activities, construction work and travel could change dramatically by the end of the century.

While temperate countries such as the UK and US could see more mild days in future, tropical countries could see a decline of more than 50 days in the average year. This means more hot and humid days for the tropics, the researchers say, with fewer mild days to break up summer heatwaves.

But it’s important that that prospect of more mild weather in the northern hemisphere doesn’t distract from tackling climate change, other scientists tell Carbon Brief, as more severe extreme rainfall and heatwaves will also increase as the climate warms.

Read more at Dramatic Decrease in ‘Mild’ Weather for Tropical Countries by 2100

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