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Heatwaves

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A farm worker takes a break in the heat of the morning

‘Poor tropical regions’ suffer greatest economic damage from worsening heatwaves

“Poor tropical regions” – which contribute the least to global greenhouse gas emissions – saw the greatest economic damage from worsening hea... Read More

Heatwaves | Oct 28. 2022.

Analysis: Africa’s unreported extreme weather in 2022 and climate change

From deadly floods in Nigeria to devastating drought in Somalia, Africa has faced a run of severe – and sometimes unprecedented – extreme weather... Read More

Extreme weather | Oct 26. 2022.
A woman sits in the shade at Primrose Hill during the severe heatwave, London, UK, 19 July 2022. Credit: xStephen Chung / Alamy Stock Photo.

Guest post: A Met Office review of the UK’s record-breaking summer in 2022

With the summer of 2022 entering the climate record books as the first time that the UK has hit an air temperature above 40C, it has without question... Read More

Guest posts | Sep 28. 2022.

Mapped: How climate change affects extreme weather around the world

In the early 2000s, a new field of climate-science research emerged that began to explore the human fingerprint on extreme weather, such as floods, h... Read More

Attribution | Aug 4. 2022.
Firefighters respond to a large wildfire at the edge of Birmingham, UK during the July 2022 heatwave

Climate change made 2022’s UK heatwave ‘at least 10 times more likely’

The record-breaking UK heatwave of 18-19 July 2022 was made “at least 10 times more likely” by human-caused climate change, a new “rapid-attrib... Read More

Attribution | Jul 28. 2022.
Scorched grass and empty deck chairs in Hyde Park, London, UK, during the heatwave in July 2022. Credit: Matthew Chattle / Alamy Stock Photo.

Analysis: How the UK’s ‘insane’ 40C heat was forecast ‘weeks in advance’

The UK has provisionally breached 40C for the first time ever, reaching 40.2C at London Heathrow airport. Before this heatwave, temperatures of 40C h... Read More

UK temperature | Jul 19. 2022.
Fireman cooling off after battling a fire in hot weather in Montreal, Canada June 2021

Guest post: What have been the most extreme heatwaves in history?

In June 2021, a severe heatwave hit western North America, setting a new all-time temperature record for Canada and causing California to declare a s... Read More

Guest posts | May 4. 2022.
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Media reaction: South Asia’s 2022 heatwave and the role of climate change

For weeks, blistering heat has swept across India, Pakistan and other parts of Asia – leaving millions of people struggling with severe impacts. ... Read More

Media analysis | May 4. 2022.
Orange sunset at the beach, USA

Marine heatwaves can be predicted ‘up to a year ahead’

Marine heatwaves – periods of exceptionally warm ocean temperature lasting from weeks to years – can be accurately predicted up to one year ahead... Read More

Ocean warming | May 3. 2022.
A water distribution point during a heatwave in Karachi, Pakistan.

Guest post: What seasonal forecasts can tell us about extreme heat this summer

As daily temperatures start to climb through the northern-hemisphere spring, attention starts to turn to the summer months and the chances of seeing ... Read More

Guest posts | Apr 4. 2022.
A man accepts cold water during a heatwave in Oregon, US on 12 August 2021. Credit: Reuters / Alamy Stock Photo.

Climate change will drive rise in ‘record-shattering’ heat extremes

“Record-shattering” extremes – which break weather records by large margins – will become more likely as a result of climate change, a new st... Read More

Extreme weather | Jul 26. 2021.
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