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Heatwave: England has had joint hottest summer on record, Met Office says

Heatwave: England has had joint hottest summer on record, Met Office says

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Getty ImagesEngland has had its joint hottest summer on record, the Met Office says. Provisional figures show the summer of 2022 - covering June, July and August - had an average temperature of 17.1C.This year's summer tied with 2018 for the warmest, according to records stretching back to 1884. It means four of the five warmest summers on record have happened since 2003, as the effects of climate change are felt on the nation's summer temperatures, the Met Office said. This year's summer included the record-breaking heat in July when temperatures in the UK exceeded 40C for the first time as part of a widespread heatwave. Hot and dry conditions have dried up rivers, damaged crops and fuelled wildfires, as well as leaving much of England in drought. For both England and the UK as a whole, i...
Climate change: Siberian heatwave ‘clear evidence’ of warming

Climate change: Siberian heatwave ‘clear evidence’ of warming

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A record-breaking heatwave in Siberia would have been almost impossible without human-caused climate change, a study has found.The Russian region's temperatures were more than 5C above average between January and June of this year.Temperatures exceeded 38C in the Russian town of Verkhoyansk on 20 June, the highest temperature ever recorded north of the Arctic circle.The Arctic is believed to be warming twice as fast as the global average.An international team of climate scientists, led by the UK Met Office, found the record average temperatures were likely to happen less than once every 80,000 years without human-induced climate change.That makes such an event "almost impossible" had the world not been warmed by greenhouse gas em...
Summer heatwave ‘death spike’ seen in UK

Summer heatwave ‘death spike’ seen in UK

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There was an increase in deaths when Britain had its hottest day on record this summer, provisional figures for England and Wales show. On 25 July, Cambridge recorded a temperature of 38.7C, exceeding the past record of 38.5C in Kent in 2003. About the same time, deaths per day rose from about 1,100 to nearly 1,500.Hot weather puts strain on the body. People with existing medical conditions and the very young or old are particularly vulnerable. Heatwaves and the human body Summer heat killed nearly 1,500 in France, officials say The Office for National Statistics says it is too early to tell how many of the deaths can be attributed to the heat.And the 2019 toll may still rise because of the amount of time it can take for deaths to be registered.ONS head ...
Climate change: Heatwave made up to 3C hotter by warming

Climate change: Heatwave made up to 3C hotter by warming

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The searing July heatwave that hit Europe last week was made both more likely and more intense by human-induced climate change, scientists say.A rapid attribution study says that heating added up to 3C to the intensity of the event that scorched the UK, France and the Netherlands. In France, the heatwave was made at least 10 times and up to 100 times more likely by human activities.The shorter event in the UK was made at least twice as likely, experts say.The World Weather Attribution Group has carried out a number of similar studies in recent years to work out the impact of climate change on extreme events. This new report looks at the July heatwave that saw temperatures soar above 40C in many countries including Belgium, France and the Netherlands. In ...
Climate change: Heatwave made ‘at least’ five times more likely by warming

Climate change: Heatwave made ‘at least’ five times more likely by warming

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Last week's record breaking heatwave across much of Europe was made "at least five times" more likely to happen by climate change, say scientists.Their rapid attribution study says that rising temperatures "super-charged" the event, making it more likely to happen than through natural variability alone. Heatwaves in June are now about 4C hotter than they used to be, the researchers said. Globally, the average temperature for June was the highest on record.Heatwaves naturally occur in summertime but last week's event in many European countries was unprecedented because it happened so early, and the recorded temperatures were so high. Records were broken at locations in France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Spain.The new French record, established at Ga...