By Amara Iqbal
As climate change accelerates we have been faced with extreme weathers in the UK. This July saw the second hottest day in the UK recorded with temperatures reaching to 38.1C in Cambridge, according to the Met Office.
It has now also been announced that the UK’s 10 hottest years on record have all occurred since 2002, and 2003 was and still stands as having the hottest day with 38.5C seen in the UK at Faversham, Kent. Only three of the 10 days in July were the hottest, with all the rest taking place in August.
All this indicates the impact of climate change, as the records show that since 1963 we haven’t experienced the UK’s 10 coldest years.
Dr Michael Byrne from the University of St Andrews said: “The world has warmed 1C since pre-industrial times, meaning that hot years are the new normal. With global emissions of greenhouse gasses on the rise, the UK will continue to get warmer and wetter as global warming accelerates.”
Last year’s extreme snow known as the “beast from the east” was the most severe snowfall since 2010, yet this same year saw an extremely hot summer, joining the top 10 warmest years at number seven. Last year’s heatwave with hardly any rain for days, was by experts highlighted as being most likely to do with climate change.
Having extreme weather more frequently can cause serious problems like environmental hazards to human health, storms and flooding that damaged buildings, plus with hot summers crops will fail to grow. Not forgetting the polar caps melting, causing sea levels to rise.
We cannot stop climate change but we can prevent it from getting worse, by understanding how we can help the Earth from global warming, and doing research and understanding who is best to vote for to start to tackle the problem.
By Amara Iqbal