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Summer heat ‘30 times more likely’ due to climate change

Hot: Temperatures reached 35.6C in the summer PICTURE: GETTY

GREENHOUSE gases made the summer heatwave 30 times more likely than it would have been under natural conditions, says the Met Office.

With temperatures peaking at 35.6C (96F) on July 27 in Felsham, Suffolk, it was the equal warmest summer recorded since 1910.

New analysis from the Met Office has found the sweltering temperatures were indicative of climate change caused by human activities.

Peter Stott, from the Met Office and University of Exeter, said researchers compared computer models based on today’s climate with those of the natural climate without human-induced emissions. He said: ‘We find that the intensity of this summer’s heatwave is around 30 times more likely than would have been the case without climate change.’

He added: ‘This rapidly increasing chance results from the rise in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.’

It comes after a report last week in which the Met Office said there will be a 50 per cent chance of summers as hot as 2018’s heatwave by the mid century.