Europe will be hit by extreme weather events in the near future, with a number of Irish cities taking the brunt.
A study carried out by Newcastle University compared the period 1951–2000 with projections for 2051–2100 and found that there will be a significant increase in heat waves, drought conditions and river flooding across European cities.
Cities in Ireland facing a 'high-impact' scenario include Cork, Derry and Waterford while Dublin, Helsinki, Riga, Vilnius and Zagreb are the European capitals likely to experience the most extreme rise in flooding.
Dr Selma Guerreiro, lead author of the research said:
“Although southern European regions are adapted to cope with droughts, this level of change could be beyond breaking point.
“Furthermore, most cities have considerable changes in more than one hazard, which highlights the substantial challenge cities face in managing climate risks.”