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Europe Seen Sizzling This Summer With Below-Average Rainfall

  • Copernicus Climate Change Service issues seasonal forecasts
  • Weather could spell trouble for agriculture and utilities
People sunbathe at the Trocadero esplanade fountain in Paris, 2019.

People sunbathe at the Trocadero esplanade fountain in Paris, 2019.

Photographer: Martin Barzilai/Bloomberg

Europe is set for a sweltering and tinder dry summer this year, posing trouble for farmers, utilities and transportation on inland waterways.

That’s the conclusion of scientists at the Copernicus Climate Change Service, who published the seasonal outlook this week. Their models show that hotter and drier weather is highly likely to stretch across key agricultural regions in the European Union, potentially compounding drought conditions that have been made worse by climate change.