Climate change: Baltics to be new Mediterranean?

Europeans will stop holidaying in southern Europe, EU warns
Tourists from northern Europe seeking sunny destinations will soon be ignoring traditional Mediterranean resorts, as climate change causes extreme heat, drought and wildfires, the EU warns.
A searing heatwave this summer has already broken records across Europe, pushing Celsius temperatures well into the 50s in Cyprus, for example. There, many car steering wheels and parts of the exterior of cars melted. Drivers used oven gloves to get around. Locals had to keep their mobile phones in the fridge.
Experts at the European Commission predict in a report that, in years to come, trips to southern Europe will be shorter and outside peak season. Important tourist industries in Spain and Bulgaria will be worst hit by climate change, the Joint Research Centre study says.
Instead, resorts in “new” EU countries such as Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia and Slovakia will gain as tourists head there instead.
The report is based on conservative estimates that global temperatures will rise by an average of 2C by the end of the century.


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