Boffins forecast more extreme weather

30th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

30 May 2006, AMSTERDAM — The winters will be wetter and persistent heavy rains will increase in the years ahead as Dutch weather becomes more extreme, meteorological bureau KNMI said on Tuesday in its latest long-term prognosis.

30 May 2006

AMSTERDAM — The winters will be wetter and persistent heavy rains will increase in the years ahead as Dutch weather becomes more extreme, meteorological bureau KNMI said on Tuesday in its latest long-term prognosis.

Its report suggests there will be more frequent heavy downpours during summer. More downpours combined with rising water levels could lead to increasing flooding in urban areas, KNMI said.

On the other hand, KNMI predicted more extreme dry and hot summers, with more frequent heatwaves. Experts believe that by 2050 winter will be on average 0.9 to 2.3 degrees warmer than in 1990. Summers could be 2.9 percent warmer than was the case 16 years ago.

The weather scenarios, developed under the leadership of Professor Gerbrand Komen, will be used by government to help plan water management, spatial planning and to take steps to maximise air quality.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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