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Friday 26 December 2014

Heatwaves and flooding: Study forecasts global increase in freak weather

Belfast garden ..... 2 ducks enjoy the recent flooding in my garden which is usually green grass! Picture by Colleen Robb. July 2012
Belfast garden ..... 2 ducks enjoy the recent flooding in my garden which is usually green grass! Picture by Colleen Robb. July 2012
Cars Struggling threw the floods as rain as Heavy Rain hits across Northern Ireland
East Belfast surfboard superhero rescues flood victims. Image submitted by Conor Dunn
East Belfast surfboard superhero rescues flood victims. Image submitted by Conor Dunn
East Belfast surfboard superhero rescues flood victims. Image submitted by Conor Dunn June 2012
East Belfast surfboard superhero rescues flood victims back in June 2012
East Belfast surfboard superhero rescues flood victims. Image submitted by Conor Dunn June 2012
East Belfast surfboard superhero rescues flood victims. Image submitted by Conor Dunn June 2012
East Belfast floods June 2012. Image submitted by Conor Dunn
East Belfast floods. Image submitted by Conor Dunn
East Belfast floods June 2012. Image submitted by Conor Dunn
East Belfast floods June 2012. Image submitted by Conor Dunn
View from Cutters towards the boat club in Stranmillis. Photo by Stephen McCamley June 2012
Dunmurry, June 2012
Lisburn Road flooding, Belfast 2012
Belfast Lisburn Road. June 2012
NI FLOODS 22 JUNE 2012...Vehicles attempt to travel on the Glenkeen Road between Coleraine and Garvagh as heavy rain continues to fall as already over 2ft of water lies on the road.. Pic Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia
NI FLOODS 22 JUNE 2012...Vehicles attempt to travel on the Glenkeen Road between Coleraine and Garvagh as heavy rain continues to fall as already over 2ft of water lies on the road.. Pic Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia
NI FLOODS 22 JUNE 2012...Vehicles attempt to travel on the Glenkeen Road between Coleraine and Garvagh as heavy rain continues to fall as already over 2ft of water lies on the road.. Pic Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia
Pacemaker Press 22/6/2012 Cars Struggling threw the floods as rain as Heavy Rain hits across Northern Ireland yesterday Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Police stranded in Belfast. June 2012
27.06.12. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDFlooding in Trossachs Drive, Belfast last night. Runners out jogging get caught in the floods
27.06.12. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDFlooding in Trossachs Drive, Belfast last night. Runners out jogging get caught in the floods
27.06.12. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDFlooding in Trossachs Drive, Belfast last night.
27.06.12. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDFlooding in Lambeg last night.
27.06.12. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDFlooding in Orpen Park, Finaghy last night
27.06.12. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDFlooding in Orpen Park, Finaghy last night
27.06.12. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDFlooding in Orpen Park, Finaghy last night
Lisburn Road flooding tonight...
Lisburn Road flooding tonight...

Heatwaves and flooding are more likely in coming decades because of climate change, according to a new report which found that global warming probably caused freak weather around the world last year.

The burst of heat in the UK in November and Texas’s driest summer for 100 years were more likely to have happened because of climate change, according to the study.



However other freak weather events such as floods in Thailand were unlikely to have been caused by an increase in man-made greenhouse gases, the scientists explained in the Bulletin of the American Metereological Society.



They calculated that the chances of the exceptionally cold December experienced in the UK in 2011 had halved; but it still happened – as a result of natural variations in the weather.



The research into “climate attribution”, which included a contribution from the UK Met Office’s Peter Stott, looked at six key weather events shortly after they happened.



Dr Stott, head of climate monitoring and attribution, said: “While we didn’t find that climate change has affected the odds of all the extreme weather events we looked at, we did see that some events were significantly more likely. Overall, we’re seeing that human influence is having a marked impact on some types of extreme weather.”



He said the extremely warm November was 60 times more likely to have occurred as a result of climate change than in the 1960s.

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