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Europe told to brace for scorching hot summers

Europe told to brace for scorching hot summers
Britain’s Met office has found that the chances of extreme hot summers across parts of Europe have increased dramatically since the early 2000s. In 2004, the Met Office published a paper which looked at the extreme European heatwave of 2003 and found that it had become more than twice as likely due to human influence on the climate. The latest paper updates that study by looking at how the chances of hot weather in the same region, which covers parts of central and Mediterranean Europe, have changed in the intervening decade.

Between the 1990s and 2003-2012, summers in the affected region have warmed by 0.81 C.The  research finds that this has considerably increased the chances of summer heatwaves (defined as 1.6C above the long-term 1961-1990 average) and extreme heatwaves like 2003. Dr  Christidis, lead author of the new paper, said “Extremely warm summers that would occur twice a century in the early 2000s are now expected to happen twice a decade. Moreover, the chances of heatwaves as extreme as seen in 2003 have increased from about 1-in-1000 to 1-in-100 years and are projected to occur once every other year by the 2030s-2040s under continuing greenhouse gas emissions”.

Heatwaves are expected to increase in  intensity in a warming climate and the results of this study are consistent with this.The sharp increase in the likelihood of regional heatwaves in the last 10-15 years reveals how temperature increases are quickly changing the chances of such events.

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