MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS: Who will be most badly affected by our increasingly hot summers?

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Period19 Jul 2022

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  • TitleWho will be most badly affected by our increasingly hot summers?
    Media name/outletManchester Evening News
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionProfessor Sarah Lindley says Greater Manchester’s hottest summer days will average 28C - but it will be much warmer in built up areas.

    “There is always natural variability, but the trends are clear. Peak summer temperatures are set to increase across Greater Manchester and events like the one we are experiencing now will become more frequent,” she says.

    Prof Lindley is director of research at the University of Manchester’s School of Environment, Education and Development. She says we often think about climate change as something which will happen in the future, but it’s happening now.

    She says: “According to recent analysis of climate change projections, with 3 degrees of global warming, the peak temperatures of the 5% hottest summer days in Greater Manchester are expected to average around 28C.
    "In very built up areas and in heatwave periods the temperatures will be much hotter than that, just as the heatwave we are seeing now is much hotter than our normal hottest summer days.

    “As well as considering temperatures we also need to consider the potential for harm.

    "Some 30% of neighbourhoods in Manchester are in the top 5% most socially vulnerable to heat in the whole of England - this includes Miles Platting and Newton Heath, and areas of Cheetham Hill, Moss Side, Longsight and Gorton.

    "This means that there is a stronger potential for harmful effects from high temperatures than in many other places....
    PersonsSarah Lindley

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global inequalities
  • Sustainable Futures


  • climate change
  • heat waves
  • social inequality