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Study: Summer Could be 6 Months Long by End of Century

Unless something isn’t done about global warming, the average summer in the Northern hemisphere could last as long as six months by the end of the century, a new study reveals.

The study, conducted by Advancing Earth and Space Science, reveals the starting and ending dates of seasons have already changed dramatically since the 1950s — and they’re expected to change even more by the time 2100 arrives. “Summers are getting longer and hotter while winters shorter and warmer due to global warming,” says physical oceanographer Yuping Guan. “More often, I read some unseasonable weather reports, for example, false spring, or May snow, and the like.”

Researchers found that summer has grown from 78 days to 95 days between 1952 and 2011, while winter shrank from 76 to 73 days. “A hotter and longer summer will suffer more frequent and intensified high-temperature events — heatwaves and wildfires,” says State Key Laboratory researcher Congwen Zhu.

Have you noticed a change in the seasons in your lifetime?


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