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Professor Claims 40C Degree Days In The UK Will Soon Be Very Commonplace

Stewart Perrie

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Professor Claims 40C Degree Days In The UK Will Soon Be Very Commonplace

A professor claims the UK's current heatwave will be commonplace in the future.

Temperature records are being broken, people are sweltering at home, roads and runways are melting and everyone is complaining about the heat.

The UK will be collectively counting the hours until the heatwave subsides so they can get back to normal weather programming.

However, Bill McGuire has issued a warning that we should all get used to this situation.


The professor emeritus of geophysical and climate hazards at UCL and climate activist has written an op-ed for The Guardian explaining how the future looks pretty bleak.


"When our children are our age, they will yearn for a summer as 'cool' as 2022, because long before the century’s end, 40C-plus heat will be nothing to write home about in the climate-mangled world they inherit," he warned.

Prof. McGuire added: "The brutal truth is that dodging dangerous, all-pervasive, climate breakdown is now practically impossible.


"Even if all the promises and pledges made at Cop26 were kept, we would still be lucky to stay below a 2C rise, and if tipping points are crossed and feedbacks kick in, the figure could be much higher.

"So, hothouse Britain is a reality, and the sooner we face this fact, the better. And be very clear, this isn’t alarmist.

"It isn’t what deniers are fond of calling 'climate porn'. This is simply how things are."

Interestingly, the UK's Met Office did a prediction two years ago of what temperatures would look like in 2050 if climate change modelling came true.


The map was covered in varying degrees of red as the weather man explained that temperatures for much of the country would be in the upper 30s, with some areas reaching 40C.

That prediction would have no doubt sparked scoffs and criticism back in 2020, however it's clear to see that this prediction was right and came nearly 30 years earlier than expected.

The Met Office has issued an extremely rare red heat warning for the first two days of this week as temperatures were expected to climb into dangerously high territory.


It's a warning most Brits aren't used to, as the weather experts warn of 'population-wide adverse health effects' and a 'high risk of failure of heat-sensitive systems and equipment'.

This warning includes potential power cuts and loss of other vital services such as water.

While this current heatwave isn't considered the new normal and is still classed as 'extreme', it's a worrying sign of what's to come.

Prof McGuire says the UK won't be equipped to deal with temperatures like this hanging around for several days at a time.

Featured Image Credit: Clickpics/Alamy Live News. Simon Dack / Alamy Live News

Topics: UK News, Weather

Stewart Perrie
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