Met Office says Brits should expect record heatwaves ‘every two to three years’

The Met Office has issued an ominous warning to Brits who don't like hot weather and told them they will have to “get used to it”.

According to the experts, the unseasonal temperatures we've been experiencing, which hit 35c earlier this month in some parts of the UK, will happen every two to three years.

Met Office scientists calculated that the chances of a record breaking June monthly temperature across western Europe have become over 10 times more likely in just 20 years.

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This means that we could be either topping up our tans on the beach, or seeking refuge by an air conditioning unit more often.

In their estimation, what was a one in 723 year event in 2003 – where 30,000 people died across Europe due to temperatures hitting 37c – would now be a one in 66 year event in 2022.

Met Office Climate Change Attribution Scientist, Dr Nikos Christidis, said: “Our latest study has looked at how the chances of the hottest June on record in western Europe has changed over the past 20 years.

“We found that in just two decades, the probability of seeing those record breaking 2003 temperatures again has become more than 10 times more likely.

“We also applied our extreme event attribution approach to project how the probabilities might change in the future if we don’t reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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“This showed that the 2003 record breaking June could be witnessed every two to three years by the end of the century.”

The biggest danger, they warned, can come from overnight temperatures.

If they remain high, the body has “no opportunity to recover from the daytime heat”, which can make any existing health conditions worse and cause heat related illness in the usually fit and healthy.

On the plus side, it could meant that Brits could choose to stay in the UK to get a bit of sun – while cold-weather holiday trips could increase.

Professor Peter Stott, Deputy Head of climate science at the Met Office, added: “The impacts of climate change on our weather are already being seen across the world and those impacts are increasing very rapidly.”

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