Shifts in travel patterns are likely to become more common in Europe, a region that climate researchers describe as a “hot spot” for severe summer heat. Even with this summer’s high tourist numbers, there are already subtle signs that the heat is driving changes that could become the future norm. Europe’s summer travel calendar has begun to stretch into the quieter (and cooler) months of April, May, September, and October, while many travelers are starting to shift their itineraries northward and toward the coasts. Given the pace and trajectory of climate change, such shifts are likely to become more common — and more necessary — in the years ahead.
By Paige McClanahan. New York Times. August 4, 2022.