Butlins, Bognor Regis and Blackpool Pleasure Beach to be 'underwater by 2050' due to rising sea levels

A NUMBER of holiday hotspots in the UK could be underwater by 2050 due to rising sea levels causing mass flooding.

Butlins in Minehead, along with Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Bognor Regis could all be gone in the next 30 years.

According to non-profit organisation Climate Central, other areas at risk include Skegness, with the north east of the UK hit the hardest.

Seaside resorts including Tenby, Camber Sands and Great Yarmouth would also disappear, while parts of Gloucestershire, Kent, Blackpool and Chichester would face large flooding, along with parts of London along the River Thames.

Wales and Scotland have some smaller areas which would be underwater, although parts of Cornwall and Devon remain the least affected apart from small low-lying coastlines and Exeter.

The map shows any risk areas being that which are lower than water level and have an "unobstructed path to the ocean".

While they add that the projections "include some error," they warn that the areas show where there is should be a "deeper investigation of risk".

A study last month found that the rise in sea levels caused by climate change could be larger and more rapid than first thought, according to scientists, who say that previous predictions have been far too conservative.

At the current rate, global sea levels could rise by as much as 1.35 metres (4.1ft) by the year 2100.

Seaside towns have previously been warned to move further inland in recent years as rising sea levels have resulted in eroding coastlines.

Other parts of the world are deemed to be high risk too – Venice in Italy, which regularly floods, could be completely gone by 2100, while the Maldives is also at risk.

Here are some other popular holiday spots around the world which face disappearing for good.

A "doomsday" simulator shows how likely your area is to be underwater.

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