Climate Change: Experts Predict Five-Year Global Heatwave And More Weather Disasters

Global Warming Will Cause Heat Waves For Years To Come The next five years could be the hottest the world has seen, leading to more extreme weather events, meteorologists...

Global Warming Will Cause Heat Waves For Years To Come

The next five years could be the hottest the world has seen, leading to more extreme weather events, meteorologists have warned. The Met Office has forecast the average temperature between now and 2023 will be somewhere between 14.73C and 15.27C (58.51F and 59.49F), making them hotter than the last four years.

2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015 were the four hottest years on record, the office concluded, after studying global temperatures along with NASA and other worldwide agencies. 2018, when much of Europe had its warmest year on record, was found to be the fourth hottest since records began in 1880 and 2016 the hottest overall.

World Meteorological Organisation secretary-general Petteri Taalas said in a statement: “The 20 warmest years on record have been in the past 22 years. The long-term temperature trend is far more important than the ranking of individual years, and that trend is an upward one,” Mr Taalas said in a statement.

Potsdam Institute climate scientist Stefan Rahmstorf said in an email: “The trend is going relentlessly up, and it will continue to do so…those who live in denial of this fact are in denial of physics.” The impact of rising temperatures is being felt in an increase in the frequency and severity of extreme global weather events, the WMO report warned.

Last year, the US alone suffered 14 weather and climate disasters, such as hurricanes and wildfires costing more than $1 billion each, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said. Hurricane Michael, Hurricane Florence and the western wildfires each cost more than $24 billion each.

Elsewhere, Greece and Portugal suffered extensive wildfires, Australia and South Africa had droughts and there were floods in Kerala in India. “The impacts of long-term global warming are already being felt – in coastal flooding, heat waves, intense precipitation and ecosystem change,” said Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

The United Nations says the world is now on track for a temperature rise of 3C (37.3F) or more above pre-industrial times by 2100.

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