European heat waves are becoming more extensive

European heat waves are becoming more extensive

European summer temperatures have increased far more rapidly than the trends for the Northern Hemisphere since the early 1950’s, says a new study lead by Prof. Martin Beniston, a climate scientist based in Switzerland.

While mean summer temperature in the Northern Hemisphere has increased by 0.21°C per decade between 1951 and 2015, the increase was 0.46°C per decade for Europe.

This rise in mean European summer temperatures has contributed to the intensity of recent European heat waves, like the ones in 2003, 2010, and 2015. What if climate had remained as it was in the mid-20th century, in terms of the number of hot days? This was analysed for temperature records of 14 climate stations across Europe.

 

 

 

 

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