Europe wilts under early heatwave

Experts say climate change is already affecting rainfall patterns and evaporation rates across Western Europe with knock-on effects for agriculture, industry and wildlife.

“Heatwaves are starting earlier,” said Clare Nullis, from the UN weather agency.

“They’re becoming more frequent and more severe because of concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which are at record level. What we’re witnessing today is, unfortunately, a foretaste of the future.”

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