Stronger and more frequent storms will increasingly disrupt navigation in the English Channel according to a campaign group.

Stronger and more frequent storms will increasingly disrupt navigation in the English Channel according to a campaign group. ‘Tomorrow’s Kent’, a report published by the Kent branch of the Campaign for Rural England, says Britain has become twice as stormy since the 1960s, with an increase in heavy rain showers.

Mean wave height in the English Channel has increased by about 50 cm since the 1960s, it adds, and there is strong evidence that sea levels have been rising. Measurements at Sheerness show a rise of around 25 cm since the mid 1800s, says the report, and it predicts that levels will continue to rise over the coming century.

More storminess, brought about by global warming, is likely to increase disruption to ferry and port services as well as to the leisure sailor.