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Study: Salt Lake City temperatures will be like Las Vegas by 2050

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Researchers predict Salt Lake City will feel like Las Vegas by 2050. (Photo: Pixabay via MGN)

It's about to get hotter in Utah, and all over the world.

A new study by Crowther Lab, an interdisciplinary group of researchers who study and address climate change and biodiversity loss, claims climate change will impact precipitation and temperatures in hundreds of cities worldwide.

“We wanted to know what’s the most conservative estimate of what the climate will be for 520 major cities in 2050,” said Tom Crowther, a researcher at ETH Zürich and senior author of the study, told National Geographic.

Salt Lake City is among those that will be affected. Researchers predict Salt Lake City will feel like Las Vegas by 2050.

Almost 75% of cities around the world will experience striking change in the climate and 22% will encounter conditions that currently don't exist.

There are no good pairings or analogues for more than 22% of the world's major cities that have one million or more residents, researchers discovered. Those 115 cities, including Washington D.C. and 16 other U.S. cities will have unprecedented climate conditions by 2050 compared to what they experienced in 2000--the baseline for the study.

Cities in northern latitudes will see the most dramatic shift, according to the study.

European cities will be three to five degrees warmer in the summer and four to seven in the winter. So, for example, London will be like today’s Barcelona, Moscow will be like Sofia, and Stockholm like today’s Vienna.

For comprehension purposes, the Crowther Lab in Switzerland created a global data map that pairs one city’s future climate conditions with current ones.

Tropical regions will experience smaller changes, but will see more precipitation. Five percent more precipitation is expected to fall during wet months and dry months will become 14% drier.

“The fate of major tropical cities remains uncertain as many will experience unprecedented climate conditions,” the study concludes.

To summarize, the world by 2050 will become hotter in the winter and the summer. Wet seasons will be wetter and dry seasons will be drier.

The results and predictions are based on these bioclimatic components: temperate seasonality, minimum temperature in the coldest month, maximum temperature in the warmest month, precipitation seasonality, precipitation in the driest and wettest months and more.

For more information, read the study here.

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