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Europe and US Set for Scorching, Dry Summer, Scientists Say

  • Copernicus Climate Change Service issues seasonal forecasts
  • Temperatures seen well above normal level, rainfall below
Wildfires in Greece in 2021

Wildfires in Greece in 2021

Photographer: Konstantinos Tsakalidis/Bloomberg

Europe and parts of the US are set for a sweltering and dry summer this year, posing risks for crops and boosting demand for energy for cooling at a time when prices of commodities are already running high. 

Scientists at the Copernicus Climate Change Service, who published their seasonal outlook on Friday, said hotter and drier weather is highly likely across key agricultural regions in the European Union. It could bring drought conditions for farmers that are already battling the impacts of climate change.