Cold wet summer is weather, any heat is climate change…even if it’s happened before
By Paul Homewood
I’m a bit late posting this, but I did want to wait until the heatwave, nicknamed Lucifer had actually died down.
The heat seems to have peaked on Aug 4th, with temperatures up to 44C in Italy and Spain. However, these are well below the all-time records set in the 2003 heatwave of 47.0C and 47.3C respectively.
What does seem to be clear, looking at the historical data, is just how exceptional the 2003 event was. Climate scientists regularly warn us that similar heatwaves will become common in future, but there has so far been no sign at all that it was not just a one-off weather event. (Just as for instance the US summers of 1934 and 1936 were).
Of course, heatwaves in the south of Europe are nothing unusual, as a quick trawl through the Trove newspaper archives shows:
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