Britain shall be battered by mini-tornados inside 10 years, scientists say

Boffins have warned Britain will regularly battered by mini-tornados within 10 years.

Experts said climate change will completely change will also mean way more rain by 2034. Scientists said despite making the country warmer, global warming will also make it much wetter.

The World Weather Attribution group report said Brits should brace themselves for “never-ending” downpours, which will get worse every five years.

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It said monsoon-like rain and hail could last for months and strike all year around, including during the summer. Alongside it they warned to expect an increase in floods and “supercell storms”, also known as mini-tornados.

A resident wades through flood water
A resident wades through flood water in Rope Walk in Littlehampton, West Sussex, last month

The bleak forecast said the south and central England would be battered the most by tornadoes due to higher temperatures, whilst the west of the country will get the brunt of the wet weather.

Bill McGuire, a professor of geophysical and climate hazards at University College London (UCL) and author of Hothouse Earth: An Inhabitant’s Guide, said: “In summer, shorter-lived torrential rainfall and hail are more likely, associated with convective storms [severe local storms] that develop when temperatures are high.

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A fallen trees in floods could become more common

“Higher average wind speeds will mean that future storms will be increasingly damaging.

“Massive supercell storms, will become more likely year-round, bringing increased flash flooding.

“Convective storms could strike anywhere but are most likely to be severe in those parts of the country that experience the highest temperatures; so south and central England.”

Workers remove a tree that fell on January 23, 2024.

The report also warned the change in weather patterns will wreak havoc on water supplies, the farming industry and in big cities.

Chris Brierley, professor of climate science at UCL, said action needed to be taken now to try to mitigate the damage.

Flood water at Naburn Lock
Flood water at Naburn Lock on the outskirts of York on January 23, this year

He said: “There needs to be a change in the way we manage flooding, including reforesting bare hillsides to soak up water run-off and paying farmers to allow land to be used to hold excess river flow.”

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