We’re Gonna Melt
Every summer in the Highland we sweat when temperatures reach 15 and our vests come off as we soak up the rare sunshine.
But according to a new report, the Highlands should prepare for more dry, hot summers with temperatures of about 30C, according to researchers.
They say that unless CO2 emissions are cut “very drastically” across the world, record-breaking summers such as 2018 could become “quite common”.
That summer was unusually hot, with a near-record high of 31.9C recorded at Bishopton in Renfrewshire.
Academics say the country should plan how to deal with more frequent high temperatures caused by climate change.
The report by researchers from Edinburgh and Oxford universities and Met Office staff analyses UK climate projections.
They suggest there is a substantial increase in the likelihood of temperatures reaching 2018’s levels between now and 2050.
The Met Office said 2018 was the joint hottest on record for the UK.
A heatwave saw temperatures reaching 30C in parts of Scotland during June and July.
They concluded that Scotland had been largely able to deal with the hot weather, but with some difficulty.
But they warned that repeated summers with extreme temperatures would “greatly exacerbate” negative impacts.
Human influences had made the heatwave more likely, they added, saying that their findings indicated the need to start sustainable long-term planning now to deal with heatwaves in Scotland.
If this was to be the norm then maybe this sunshine may well not be a rare sight and maybe not even a welcome one as it is now.