Thanks to climate change, it's time to say goodbye to mild weather as you know it

Jessica Brown@Jessica_E_Brown
Sunday 22 January 2017 14:45
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When we hear about climate change, it’s usually about the extremes. But alongside droughts, floods and hurricanes – climate change will also affect mild weather.

Researchers from the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration and Princeton University have released a study on the global shifts in mild weather over the next century.

They define "mild weather" as a temperature between 64 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit, with less than half an inch of rain.

They found that a person today will experience 89 mild days on average.

By 2100 they will only experience 78.

And the fastest decline in the number of mild days we have will happen over the next 20 years.

This is because of climate change due to a build-up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

The researchers predict that we will lose four of our mild weather days per year by 2035, globally.

And this decline doesn’t just affect how many days we have to choose from to have a picnic in the park, but also affects transport, agriculture, outdoor events and construction.

The researchers say that they hope this information will be more relatable, since mild weather is a regular and normal occurrence.

Different parts of the world, however, will be affected differently.

As this map shows, the UK and most of Europe could actually gain more mild days.

Picture: NOAA / Princeton University (NOAA / Princeton University)

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