Roads melting, wildfires spreading and train tracks inoperable.

These may be the risks Reading faces for at least a month every year by 2040 if the climate emergency continues unabated, research shows.

The University of Reading has published data projecting the impact of global warming on the town.

They predict temperatures will increase by 1.4 degrees locally compared to a 1981-2000 average.

This means Reading residents are expected to live through two heatwaves a year and 35 days where roads are at risk of melting.

They could also see railway transport affected by the heat for more than a quarter of the year, according to the data.

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Professor of climate change science at the University of Reading Nigel Arnell said: “There is a wealth of research and data on how the world is likely to be affected by climate change, so the key challenge is getting that information to those that need it in an easy-to-use way.

This website provides a comprehensive tool that can be used to inform decisions on everything from infrastructure development to housebuilding and healthcare.”

The site was produced alongside the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and The Institute for Environmental Analytics.

Their research with the university shows that river flood risk could increase by as much as 7.5 per cent by 2040 and they expect wildfires to be a risk for 37 days of the year.

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Dairy cattle are expected to be under heat stress for 19 days of the year in the area, should climate change continue.

The launch of the tool comes after world leaders and negotiators met at COP26 this month to set out plans to meet climate change targets set out in the Paris Agreement.

A global agreement to keep temperature rises below 1.5C was reached at the climate conference in Glasgow on Saturday, but saw a commitment to “phase out” the use of coal reduced to a promise to “phase down” the fuel, following interventions by China and India.