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‘This summer doesn’t belong in Scandinavia’: your stories of heat around the world

From Hawaii to the Netherlands and France to South Korea readers have shared their reactions to recent record temperatures — In mid-July last year, Haythem Ayari, a 23-year-old engineering student in Nabeul, coastal Tunisia, caught a bus to travel the 10km to university. The vehicle, already overloaded with passengers, was caught in gridlocked traffic and …

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in india, 24 cities are expected to reach average summertime highs of 35C by 2050

Heat: the next big inequality issue

The deadly global heatwave has made it impossible to ignore: in cities worldwide, we are now divided into the cool haves and the hot have-nots — When July’s heatwave swept through the Canadian province of Quebec, killing more than 90 people in little over a week, the unrelenting sunshine threw the disparities between rich and …

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Heatwave temperatures may top 45°C in southern Europe

Alerts issued in Portugal and Spain as Met Office forecasts 31°C for southern England — Much of southern Europe is sweltering in near record-breaking temperatures with the mercury expected to exceed 45°C (113°F). A scorching 46°C was forecast for Setúbal, near Lisbon, on Saturday, as emergency services in Portugal issued a red alert until Sunday …

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Deaths rose 650 above average during UK heatwave – with older people most at risk

Exclusive: data shows spike in deaths coinciding with high temperatures, with frail, older people with kidney or heart problems most vulnerable — Nearly 700 more deaths than average were recorded during the 15-day peak of the heatwave in June and July in England and Wales, according to official statistics. Experts said that an increase in …

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Climate change made 2018 European heatwave up to ‘five times’ more likely

A rapid assessment by scientists of the ongoing heatwave across northern Europe this summer has found that human-caused climate change made it as much as five times more likely to have occurred — The preliminary analysis, by a team of scientists at the World Weather Attribution network, uses data from seven weather stations in Ireland, …

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Why is Europe going through a heatwave

Scientists say this ‘extreme’ weather in the northern hemisphere may soon be the norm — Why is it so hot? Partly, it’s just the luck of the weather. The jet stream – the west-to-east winds that play a big role in determining Europe’s weather – has been further north than usual for about two months. …

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Wildfires rage in Arctic Circle as Sweden calls for help

Sweden worst hit as hot, dry summer sparks unusual number of fires, with at least 11 in the far north — At least 11 wildfires are raging inside the Arctic Circle as the hot, dry summer turns an abnormally wide area of Europe into a tinderbox.   The worst affected country, Sweden, has called for …

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