The Environmental Audit Committee has published its report into ‘Heatwaves: adapting to climate change’ and said that heatwaves “will be summer norm by 2040s”.
Earlier this week the NFU highlighted the difficulties the hot weather has been causing the farming sector. This includes poor grass growth leading to considerable concern about fodder availability later in the year with some winter rations are already being fed in the field. It also said how growers are swiftly running out of water for fruit and vegetable production as they use up their annual abstraction volumes.
As a result the NFU expects more farmers to seek support from their banks in terms of helping to manage cash-flow in the coming weeks and months.
The new report suggests that farmers may have to get use to the conditions with the audit committee calling on the government to “do more” when helping people deal with the conditions.
Mary Creagh chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, said: “The Met Office has projected that UK summer temperatures could regularly reach 38.5°C by the 2040s. Heatwaves cause premature deaths from cardiac, kidney and respiratory disease. There will be 7,000 heat-related deaths every year in the UK by 2050 if the government does not take action.
“The government needs to do more to warn the public of the health risks of heatwaves, particularly when they fall outside of the summer period, and should appoint a minister to lead work across government.
She added: “The government’s new adaptation plan promises no effective action to prevent overheating in buildings. It must change building regulations and planning policies to ensure homes and transport networks are able to deal with extreme heat, and that local authorities and cities have green spaces and heat-resilient infrastructure.”