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Here's why you’ll see far more heavy rain in the years to come

The long term forecast is rain, rain … and, yes, more rain.

For scientists have examined rainfall around the world for the past 50 years to predict rainfall in the future and have come to the somewhat depressing conclusion that the world will suffer more torrential rain with frequent flash floods.

The reason for this, according to online publication Climate News Network, is rising global temperatures.

Scientists have measured rain increase across most of Europe, the US midwest and northeast, Canada, northern Australia, western Russia and parts of China.

Between 2004 and 2013 extreme rainfall rain increased by 7% across the globe. In Europe and Asia these 10 years saw it soar by 8.6%.

The scientists, based in Canada, analysed 8,700 daily rain records from 100,000 stations worldwide that monitor rainfall. They found that between 1964 and 2013 the frequency of heavy downpours increased with each decade.

Simon Papalexiou from the University of Saskatchewan said: “If global warming progresses as climate model projections predict we had better plan for dealing with frequent heavy rain right now. Our study of records from around the globe shows that potentially devastating bouts of extreme rain are increasing decade by decade. We know that rainfall-induced floods can devastate communities.”

Climate News Network says that as temperatures rise, evaporation increases. A warmer atmosphere can absorb more moisture and capacity increases by 7% with each extra degree Celsius on the thermometer. Moisture absorbed into the atmosphere will inevitably fall again.

It can be catastrophic as floods caused by rain have claimed half a million lives since 1980. Away from the human tragedy the impact is colossal as torrential rain washes crops away and causes massive damage to buildings, roads and bridges.

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