THE MET OFFICE has issued a warning over the impact of extreme weather events on the UK, claiming 500,000 homes are at direct risk of the effects of climate change.

A new report by the national weather service shows higher temperatures are the new normal and sea levels are rising much faster than a century ago. This, the Met warns, could put hundreds of thousands of properties — and families — at stake, as powerful storm surges and winds damage the environment and infrastructure.

The State of the Climate report, an annual look at the UK’s climate and weather, revealed sea levels have risen by around 16.5cm (6.5 ins) since 1990.

And the rate of the rise is increasing, the Met said, with levels now up by 3-5.2mm a year, which is more than double the rate of increase in the early part of the last century.

This is the result of an increased rate of ice loss from the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, glacier mass loss and the warming of the ocean, the report says.

Published in the Royal Meteorological Society’s International Journal of Climatology, it adds that 2021 would have been considered one of the warmest on record only a generation ago, but was near average for the period between 1991 and 2020.

Read more: Express

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