UK impacts: Water resources

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    Scientists use computer model simulations and insights into the workings of the climate system to help them understand how regional climates could change in a warmer world. They’ve concluded that the UK is likely to experience generally wetter winters and drier summers, with southern areas of England and parts of Wales expected to see the largest changes. Combined with increased evaporation resulting from higher temperatures, these changes could impact on the UK’s water supplies, potentially leading to more prolonged periods of increased water stress.