Future summers to be drier

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London, May 3 (UNI) For those who hate to don an umbrella and think rains are a mess, may in future find summers a favourable season.

Climate experts have predicted that future summers are going to significantly drier, but before that we will have to put up with a couple of decades of unusually wet summers.

The rising levels of carbon dioxide will lead to summer rainfall falling by between 5 and 20 per cent by the end of the century, London's Met Office's Hadley Centre predicted in a British daily.

However, the effects of global warming on summer rainfall are likely to be apparent only by 2100, while winters will be wetter.

Research techniques have shown that the effect of global warming, with dangerous heat waves, is likely to be commonplace by 2040.

This ''rainfall forecast'', which is still preliminary, comes a year after England experienced its wettest summer. ''Such wet weather will become less frequent, but when it happens, the amount of rainfall will be much higher,'' said Dr Vicky Pope, head of climate change at the Hadley Centre.

But before things begin to start to look up, we may expect extra soggy summers until around 2030, experts said.

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