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August 1 2013

'Rivers of rain' to make severe floods twice as likely by end of century


Severe winter flooding in Britain could become twice as likely by the end of the century because rising global temperatures are increasing the chances of huge “atmospheric rivers” that transport massive volumes of water vapour in the air.

The sort of flooding that devastated Cumbria and parts of southern Scotland in November 2009, when more than a foot of rain fell in less than three days, is set to increase dramatically in the coming decades, scientists have predicted.

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