SEATTLE (AP) — A new report says the Puget Sound region will experience more flooding, rising sea levels, heavier downpours and thinner winter snowpack as temperatures continue to warm in coming decades.

Tuesday’s report from the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington details the effects of climate change on everything from snow in the mountains to coastal habitats.

It says the region can expect increased heat waves, more intense storms and more precipitation falling as rain rather than snow during the winter.

Ten UW authors contributed to the report, drawing on peer-reviewed science, agency reports and other data. It’s the first major update of the region’s global warming picture since 2005.

The report also says many communities and agencies are taking steps to respond and adapt to the changes, and that such actions will help determine the future consequences of climate change.


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