13 January 2004

Extreme heat on the rise: Climate model predicts more stifling summers.

The heatwave that paralysed Europe last summer was hailed as a harbinger of global warming by many, including climatologists who predicted wilder extremes in floods, droughts and storms thanks to climate change. Results from a climate model now add evidence to the idea that extreme temperature events are set to rise - for Europe at least.

More than 20,000 people are thought to have died as a result of Europe's heatwave last year.During June and July, temperatures across much of the continent
topped 40 �C.

Gee, it's a good thing the Earth is not warming.

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