EU Cities face more extreme weather than previously thought


The research by Newcastle University has for the first time analysed changes in flooding, droughts and heatwaves for all European cities using all climate models.

  • a worsening of heatwaves for all 571 cities
  • increasing drought conditions, particularly in southern Europe
  • an increase in river flooding, especially in north-western European cities
  • for the worst projections, increases in all hazards for most European cities 
  • Cork, Derry, Waterford, Wrexham, Carlisle, Glasgow, Chester and Aberdeen could be the worst hit cities in the British Isles for river flooding
  • Even in the lowest case scenario, 85% of UK cities with a river are predicted to face increased river flooding

University of Newcastle Press Release

Read the research paper in full at Environmental Research Letters

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