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Britain will roast in sweltering 40C summers in near future, warns meteorologist

A meteorologist has warned the UK will be facing 40C summers in the near future.

Climate change has been branded a "code red for humanity" in a United Nations report and a new documentary by Channel 4 found that the UK is not ready to deal with the catastrophe.

The country will be smashed by life-threatening floods and killer heatwaves, as well as food shortages if global temperatures continue to rise, according to Summer of Wild Weather: Is Worse to Come?

It was previously believed that apocalyptic weather from climate change wouldn't be unleashed until the end of the 21st century, but now many scientists agree it will happen much sooner.

Speaking in the documentary, Dr Rob Thompson, a meteorologist at the University of Reading, said: "I'd be surprised if we don't break 40 (Celsius) in the next 20, 30 years."

He also warned it would have a devastating impact on our lives and said we needed to push the government to act "for our children, and for their children".

"It's going to be expensive, it's going to be really expensive to make the sorts of changes that need to happen, but it's not going to be anywhere near as expensive as not making the changes," he said.

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More heat would mean more heavy rain, which could lead to catastrophic flooding like the kind seen in Germany and China where hundreds of people were killed.

Dr Lizzie Kendon, a climate scientist for the Met Office, said: "What is really significant is in the UK we are seeing whole hosts of records being broken at the same time.

"So 2020, for example, was the third-warmest year on record, it was the fifth wettest year on record, and it was also the eighth sunniest year on record.

"That is really significant because it is really strong evidence of the changing climate."

In other dire news, if crops fail simultaneously around the world there could be global shortages of food.

This would push up the price of wheat and meat, threatening our ability to feed ourselves, according to the documentary.

James Johnson, a North Yorkshire farmer, said he was "very worried" about climate change and said in 2020 the ground was too dry in the spring to get the crops in.

The previous autumn, it had been too wet to harvest potatoes and crops were destroyed by heavy rainfall.

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