The heavy rainfall that led to deadly floods in Germany and Belgium in July was influenced by human-induced warming, scientists said.
The floods, which had shocked weather forecasters and local authorities, killed at least 220 people as towns and villages were swamped.
Researchers said global heating made rainfall events like this up to nine times more likely in Western Europe. Meanwhile, human-driven climate change also made downpours in the region more intense by 3% to 19%.
With continued greenhouse gas emissions and rising temperatures, the heavy rainfall that brought misery to parts of Europe will become more common, experts warned.
“We must reduce greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible, as well as improving emergency warning and management systems and making our infrastructure ‘climate resilient’,” said Professor Hayley Fowler from Newcastle University.
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