Dreadful Summer Approaching Los Angeles Region

First Posted: Jun 23, 2012 05:38 AM EDT

A study done by the University of California, Los Angeles claims that the climatic change in Los Angeles will cause the temperatures in Los Angeles region to rise.  Probably it will be warmer by about of 4 - 5 degree Fahrenheit by the middle of the century. Tripling the number of extremely hot days in the downtown area and quadrupling the number in the valleys and at high elevations. The study was commissioned by the city and conducted by UCLA's Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. 

An associate Professor in UCLA's Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, Hall who is also a lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climatic Change says, "The changes our region will face are significant, and we will have to adapt. Every season of the year in every part of the county will be warmer. This study lays a foundation for the region to confront climate change. Now that we have real numbers, we can talk about adaptation."

In order to proceed with their findings the researches took assumptions from global models for the years 2041 to 2060, and applied them to the local conditions and variations of the Los Angeles area. With the help of Standard Global Models predictions for regions between 60 and 120 miles in width could be made. But an area as small as 1.2 miles could also be covered under the new study.
According to the UCLA chart, Coastal areas such as Santa Monica and Long Beach will witness a temperature rise of 3 to 4 degrees, while the densely developed areas such as downtown Los Angeles and the surrounding valleys will see an uptick average of 4 degrees, and mountain areas and deserts will warm 4 to 5 degrees.

Researches state that cutting on the greenhouse gas emission could reduce the impact on the Los Angeles region but they would still stay warm to up to 70 percent of the currently predicted levels.

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