British Christmas snow to become EXTINCT as scientists warn of ‘warmer, wetter’ winters

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According to Met Office projections, increasing areas of England are due to have years when temperatures do not drop below zero in the near future. It is thought that most of southern England could experience this in as little as 20 years.

In addition, the lack of snow could be accompanied by heavy rain leading to concerns of flooding across the nation.

Researchers have attributed the projected rise in temperatures to a future scenario in which global emissions are not kept in check.

Bob Ward, policy and communications director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science, said the change in British climate is already being observed.

The climate expert told “In order for us to experience snow we need both cold temperatures and a supply of moisture.

“Global warming is causing temperatures to rise, but the warmer atmosphere can also hold more moisture. As a result we are already experiencing a trend towards fewer days when it is cold enough to snow, even though there is now more moisture in the air.

“Our winters will continue to become warmer and wetter, with more heavy rainfall that can cause flooding, until atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases stop rising and global warming halts.”

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“In southern England, the maximum temperatures on the coldest winter days would be in the range of 2.0 °C or 4.0 °C.”

Conversely, the projections show that in around 60 years’ time the UK could be experiencing summer peaks of above 40 degrees C.

However, Mr Ward suggested the gloomy projections were actually based on circumstances that were “unlikely” to occur.

He said: “The Met Office release that prompted this story did quote differences between today and the 2060s but assumed a very big increase in annual emissions over that period which is widely thought to be unlikely.”

The Met Office itself said the projections were based on a high-emissions scenario known as RCP8.5, which supposes that greenhouse gases continue to rise.

It added: “With increasing efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions, lower pathways become more likely, helping to reduce impacts.”

Climate change site CarbonBrief claims the researchers behind the RCP8.5 scenario had “not intended it to represent the most likely ‘business as usual’ outcome.”

According to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the UK reduced its territorial greenhouse gas emissions by 2 percent from 2017 to 2018, and by 43 percent from 1990 to 2018.

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