Rising temperatures caused by global warming could trigger hurricanes over the Mediterranean in years to come.

Rising temperatures caused by global warming could trigger hurricanes over the Mediterranean in years to come. Scientists in Spain say their research shows that rising temperatures point to increasing storm intensity, and a 3°C rise in average temperature could be enough to set off a hurricane.

Research shows that tropical cyclones in the past have been confined to areas such as the north Atlantic and north Pacific. Since 2004, however, they have formed in unusual places such as the south Atlantic and near to Madeira.

“This is a clear danger signal,” said Miguel Angel Gaertner, leader of the research team at Castilla-La Manche University. “It is not yet possible to say which parts of the Mediterranean would be hardest hit.”