Wet-hot extremes, not dry-hot, will prevail more as Earth warms, new study finds

Updated: Sep 16 2023 4:48PM

New Delhi, Sep 16 (PTI) Simultaneous rainfall and heat extremes will become more frequent, severe and widespread due to climate change, more so than dry-hot conditions, scientists say.

For every 1 degree Celsius rise in temperature, the air's capacity to hold moisture increases by 6 to 7 per cent.

The hot-and-humid air, thus, makes more water available to fall as rain, making wet-hot extremes likelier, the scientists said in their study published in the journal Earth's Future.