UK could hit 40C soon due to climate change, report says

Summer temperatures in Britain were likely to hit 40C in the coming years, even if the world meets its goal of limiting global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, science report says.

UK could hit 40C soon due to climate change, report says

Britain has become wetter and warmer as a result of climate change, with the country's 10 hottest years in more than a century occurring since 2002, a report by leading meteorologists said Thursday.

The annual "State of the UK Climate" report, published in the International Journal of Climatology, said 2020 was the fifth wettest and third warmest year on record stretching back to the 19th century. Last year's average winter temperature was 5.3C, 1.6C higher than the 1981 to 2010 average.

The summer temperature was 0.4 degrees above average at 14.8C, with temperatures hitting 34C for six consecutive days in August 2020.

The report said summer temperatures in Britain were likely to hit 40C in the coming years, even if the world meets its goal of limiting global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.

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The highest temperature ever recorded in the UK is 38.7C, registered in Cambridge in July 2019.

Liz Bentley, chief executive of the Royal Meteorological Society, said the world was already seeing extreme heat as a result of warming of 1.1 to 1.2C above pre-industrial levels.

"We're likely to see 40 Celsius in the UK, although we have never seen those kinds of temperatures (before)," Bentley said. "As we hit 1.5 Celsius of global warming, that's going to not just become something that we see once or twice, it'll start to become something that we see on a much more regular basis."

Met Office climate scientist Mike Kendon, the report's lead author, said the figures indicated a new normal for the UK, a country famous for its fickle weather.

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"In seven out of the last 10 years, we've seen temperatures of 34C in the UK compared to seven out of the previous 50 years before that," he said. "So this is an indication of the fact that our baseline of our climate is changing, and what we regard as normal is changing."

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Man attacked, wife ordered to pay ransom on Gold Coast

A man has been released on parole after attacking a Gold Coast man who was on a walk to buy some milk and demanding his wife pay a ransom.

Man attacked, wife ordered to pay ransom on Gold Coast

A man has been released on parole after attacking a Gold Coast man who was on a walk to buy some milk and demanding his wife pay a ransom.

The court was told the victim was on the phone to his wife as he walked to Woolworths in Ormeau on February 6 last year when he heard someone call out to him.

When he stopped to help, Trent Kelly pulled out a fake firearm, held it to his head and demanded cash.

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Believing the gun was real, the victim handed over $10 and a gold chain before throwing his phone to the ground and running away.

The court was told Kelly picked up the phone and told the woman he had shot and abducted her husband.

"I've shot your husband. He has fainted but not dead. We have taken your husband with us. Give us $10,000. Come to Edwards Place," he said.

The woman pleaded for her husband's life, saying she didn't have the money and was told to bring whatever she could.

Moments later, the woman saw her husband running towards their home and called police.

Kelly was found in a nearby street and charged with robbery and extortion.

He was today handed a three-year sentence with immediate parole.

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