Arctic melt 'to blame for UK's soggy summers'

Melting Arctic sea ice may be to blame for the recent spate of soggy summers in the UK, scientists have claimed.

Loss of ice due to climate change is affecting strong air currents high in the atmosphere and as a result, weather systems are being shifted bringing more summer rain to the UK and other parts of northwestern Europe, a new study suggests.

Melting Arctic sea ice 'may be to blame for the recent spate of soggy summers in the UK'. Credit: JONATHAN HAYWARD/The Canadian Press/Press Association Images

Scientists at the University of Exeter used a computer model to simulate the effects of retreating Arctic sea ice on European climate.

The model produced a pattern of rainfall consistent with an extraordinary run of washed-out summers experienced in the UK between 2007 and 2012.