Exeter hotter than Death Valley by 2200

Extrapolated version
Original version UKMO

I couldn’t help but extrapolate the curves in the chart of forecast temperature extremes for Exeter from the Met Office in their latest blog. It looks likely that temperatures in Exeter may well exceed those of 54°C recently experienced in Death Valley as the and the whole of Devon is gradually transformed into a parched desert wasteland over the next 150 years if something isn’t done soon to limit the emission of greenhouse gasses into Earth’s atmosphere. Temperatures in the north of Scotland however will be much lower and summers will be similar to those experienced in the Costa Del Sol at the moment. Although hotter summers might make barley production difficult, conditions should be near perfect for vineyards to spring up in the glens of the northwest Highlands, so grape might replace grain in the not too distant future.

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