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More flash floods ahead for UK

The UK will have drier summers in 2100 with more intense bouts of rain, according to a study.

Research carried out by Newcastle University found that climate change would lead to more flash flooding by the end of this century.

The number of times hourly rainfall exceeds 28mm will increase five-fold from today, according to the model.

Proffesor Hayley Fowler, from Newcastle University’s School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, said: “The changes we have found are consistent with increases we would expect in extreme rainfall with increasing temperatures and will mean more flash floods.”

She added: “The next steps are to see if these changes are consistent with observed trends in summer rainfall extremes and changes projected by climate models in other parts of the world.

“We will be looking at this over the next five years, jointly with the Met Office and other leading international scientists in the European Research Council funded Intense project.”

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