An analysis of the UK’s Summer 2022 drought by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) published in the Royal Meteorological Society journal ‘Weather’ has revealed the characteristics of the drought and the environmental and social impacts it had on water resources, agriculture, and public health. The drought affected 20 million people across the UK, with water restrictions, caused wildfires, and an estimated 2,800 excess deaths among the elderly due to heat. The research indicates that climate change increases the risk of intense droughts, highlighting the importance of resilience and preparedness for similar extreme weather events. The study emphasises the need for improved monitoring and forecasting systems to mitigate future droughts, and calls for developing new research infrastructure for better prediction and management.



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