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Illustration: Sébastien Thibault

 

Was this the heatwave that finally ended climate denial?

The blazing summer of 2018

has led to a shift in tone

from some rightwing sceptics

who can no longer deny the obvious

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Wed 1 Aug 2018    06.00 BST

Last modified on Wed 1 Aug 2018    09.34 BST

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/aug/01/
heatwave-climate-denial-summer-2018-sceptics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

heatwave        UK

 

2023

 

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2022/aug/04/
scorched-britain-the-july-heatwave-in-pictures

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/jul/18/
heatwave-floods-save-planet-children

 

 

 

 

2022

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/nov/24/
over-20000-died-western-europe-heatwaves-figures-climate-crisis

 

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2022/aug/15/
six-ways-heatproof-garden-provide-shade-make-compost-leave-weeds

 

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2022/aug/04/
scorched-britain-the-july-heatwave-in-pictures

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jul/30/
total-climate-meltdown-inevitable-heatwaves-global-catastrophe

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/jul/20/
heatwave-led-to-london-firefighters-busiest-day-since-second-world-war

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/jul/19/
a-wake-up-call-
as-extreme-heat-blazes-across-uk-
experts-say-net-zero-is-the-only-way-out

 

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2022/jul/20/
hellfire-what-the-papers-say-about-uks-hottest-ever-day

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jul/19/
pools-of-sunscreen-litres-of-water-extreme-heat-around-the-uk-photo-essay

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jul/19/
britain-heatwave-1976-crisis-summer-heat

 

https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2022/jul/19/
what-will-it-take-for-the-uk-to-adapt-to-extreme-heat-podcast

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jul/18/
heatwave-extreme-weather-uk-climate-crisis

 

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2022/jul/18/
meltdown-monday-and-blowtorch-britain-
what-the-papers-say-about-uk-heatwave

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/jul/17/
working-in-a-heatwave-your-rights-in-the-uk-and-how-to-prepare

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/jul/17/
uk-heatwave-how-to-keep-cool-and-stay-safe-in-40c

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jul/12/
dangerous-heatwaves-engulf-parts-china-us-europe

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jul/11/
why-so-hot-uk-europe-dangers-climate-crisis

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2021/jun/30/
record-breaking-heatwave-sweeps-canada-in-pictures

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/24/
weather-tracker-europe-heatwave-sends-temperature-records-tumbling

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/24/
climate/early-heat-waves.html

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/19/
spain-battles-wildfires-fuelled-by-one-of-earliest-heatwaves-on-record

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/18/
burning-planet-why-are-the-worlds-heatwaves-getting-more-intense

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/18/
europe-heatwave-
france-braces-for-record-breaking-temperatures-
as-spain-battles-forest-fires

 

https://www.theguardian.com/news/gallery/2022/jun/17/
extreme-heatwave-hits-the-uk-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

2021

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/08/
heat-dome-canada-pacific-northwest-animal-deaths

 

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/jul/07/
world-must-step-up-preparations-for-extreme-heat

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/07/04/
1013026434/canada-battles-more-than-180-wildfires-
with-hundreds-dead-in-heat-wave

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jun/30/
canada-temperatures-limits-human-climate-emergency-earth

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/02/
canada-heatwave-500-deaths

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/02/
canadian-inferno-northern-heat-exceeds-worst-case-climate-models

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2021/jun/30/
record-breaking-heatwave-sweeps-canada-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

2020

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/25/
arctic-heatwave-38c-siberia-science

 

 

 

 

2019

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/aug/27/
heatwave-to-continue-across-south-and-eastern-uk

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/25/
europe-heatwave-paris-forecast-record-hottest-ever-day

 

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jul/24/
uk-commuters-warned-to-avoid-rail-travel-on-heatwave-thursday

 

https://www.theguardian.com/news/gallery/2019/jun/26/
europeans-attempt-to-cope-with-record-heatwave-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

2018

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/aug/02/
heatwave-returns-to-london-and-south-east

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/aug/01/
heatwave-climate-denial-summer-2018-sceptics

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jul/26/
heatwave-perfect-moment-joys-naked-nudism

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/gallery/2018/jul/25/
knotted-hankies-hammocks-heatwave-1976-in-pictures

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jul/23/
met-office-issues-a-heatwave-alert-and-tells-uk-public-to-stay-inside

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jul/23/
rising-temperatures-linked-to-increased-suicide-rates

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jul/23/
hot-uk-weather-leeds-liverpool-canal-closure

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/22/
heatwave-northen-hemisphere-uk-algeria-canada-sweden-whats-the-cause

 

 

 

 

2017

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/27/
climate-change-made-lucifer-heatwave-far-more-likely-scientists-find

 

https://www.theguardian.com/careers/2017/jun/21/
working-in-a-heatwave-your-legal-rights

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/gallery/2017/jun/20/
britains-hottest-day-of-the-year-in-pictures

 

 

 

 

2013

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/jul/19/
uk-heatwave-few-signs-abating 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/01/
us/heat-wave-in-the-west-brings-fires-travel-delays-and-a-death.html 

 

 

 

 

2009

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/jun/30/uk-heatwave-to-be-declared

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/gallery/2009/jun/29/weather-heatwave-uk?picture=349509399

 

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2006/sep/01/weather.climatechange 

 

 

 

 

2006

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2006/jul/26/
science.g2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2021 > Canada > heatwave        UK / USA

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/08/
heat-dome-canada-pacific-northwest-animal-deaths

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/07/04/
1013026434/canada-battles-more-than-180-wildfires-
with-hundreds-dead-in-heat-wave

 

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jul/03/
pacific-northwest-heat-dome-climate-change

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/07/02/
1012467409/hundreds-are-believed-to-have-died-
during-the-pacific-northwest-heat-wave

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/02/
canada-heatwave-500-deaths

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/02/
canadian-inferno-northern-heat-exceeds-worst-case-climate-models

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/01/
lytton-wildfire-heatwave-british-columbia-canada

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/07/01/
1012061776/the-deadly-heat-wave-is-triggering-dozens-of-wildfires-
in-western-canada

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jun/30/
canada-temperatures-limits-human-climate-emergency-earth

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2021/jun/30/
record-breaking-heatwave-sweeps-canada-
in-pictures - Guardian picture gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pakistan > heatwave

 

In pictures: Heatwave scorches Pakistan

 

emperatures rose

above 125.6 degrees Fahrenheit (52 degrees Celsius)

in Pakistan's southern province of Sindh,

the highest reading of the summer

and close to the country's record high

amid an ongoing heatwave, the met office said.

 

https://www.reuters.com/pictures/
pictures-heatwave-scorches-pakistan-2024-05-28/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

India > Temperatures in Delhi

soar to record highs of 49.9C (121.8F)        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2024/may/29/
india-heatwave-weather-delhi-record-temperatures-photos-
pictures - Guardian picture gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

podcasts > before 2024

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USA > heat wave        UK / USA

 

2024

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/03/
opinion/heat-technology-climate.html

 

https://www.npr.org/2022/05/03/
1096085028/climate-scientists-say-
south-asias-heat-wave-120f-is-a-sign-of-whats-to-come

 

 

 

 

2023

 

https://www.npr.org/2023/08/15/
1193882817/pacific-northwest-heat-wave-
could-bring-record-breaking-temperatures-through-thu

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2023/07/21/
1189179220/amid-a-record-heat-wave-
texas-construction-workers-lose-their-right-to-rest-brea

 

https://www.tpr.org/criminal-justice/2023-07-19/
texas-prisoners-struggle-to-endure-heat-wave-
in-facilities-without-air-conditioning

 

https://www.npr.org/2023/07/19/
1188349149/as-seas-get-hotter-south-florida-gets-slammed-
by-an-ocean-heat-wave

 

https://kjzz.org/content/1852310/
keeping-phoenix-livable-summer-creating-record-demand-electricity - July 19, 2023

 

https://www.npr.org/2023/07/15/
1187979027/heat-wave-southwest-california-phoenix-las-vegas

 

https://www.npr.org/2023/06/28/
1184677011/heat-wave-climate-change-el-nino-texas *****

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/jun/27/
heatwave-human-caused-climate-crisis-texas-louisiana-mexico

 

https://www.npr.org/2023/06/20/
1183149235/power-outages-continue-across-the-southern-u-s-
as-a-heat-wave-grips-texas

 

https://www.npr.org/2023/06/18/
1182984746/a-heat-wave-is-hitting-the-south-from-a-tornado-
in-west-texas-to-florida-beaches

 

https://www.npr.org/2023/05/14/
1176058301/an-unusually-early-heat-wave-in-the-pacific-northwest-
is-testing-records

 

https://www.npr.org/2023/01/09/
1147805696/climate-change-makes-heat-waves-storms-and-droughts-worse-
climate-report-confirm

 

 

 

 

2022

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/sep/09/
weather-tracker-us-heatwave-breaks-september-temperature-record

 

https://www.npr.org/2022/07/22/
1112724801/heat-warning-heat-wave-advisory-power-grid

 

https://www.npr.org/2022/06/16/
1105482394/cattle-kansas-heat-wave

 

 

 

 

2021

 

https://www.theguardian.com/news/audio/2021/jul/14/
the-heatwave-forcing-america-to-confront-climate-reality-podcast

 

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/07/12/
us/us-heat-wave

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/07/12/
1015185070/farmers-worry-that-their-crops-wont-survive-the-heat-wave

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/10/
us/west-heat-wave-death-valley.html

 

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jul/03/
pacific-northwest-heat-dome-climate-change

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/07/03/
1012887249/a-california-town-has-no-reliable-running-water-
during-a-heat-wave

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/07/02/
1012467409/hundreds-are-believed-to-have-died-
during-the-pacific-northwest-heat-wave

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/06/29/
1011269025/photos-the-pacific-northwest-heatwave-
is-melting-power-cables-and-buckling-roads

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/06/28/
1010836214/all-time-records-fall-
as-a-heat-wave-roasts-the-northwest-u-s

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/06/26/
1010610240/record-heat-wave-
set-to-scorch-pacific-northwest-to-southern-california

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/06/19/
1008248475/the-record-temperatures-enveloping-the-west-
is-not-your-average-heat-wave

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/06/15/
1006588868/doctors-warn-of-burns-from-asphalt-
as-a-record-breaking-heat-wave-envelopes-the-

 

 

 

 

2020

 

https://www.npr.org/2020/09/07/
910440067/record-heat-wave-creates-kiln-like-conditions-in-california

 

 

 

 

2018

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/07/29/
633203732/when-the-weather-is-extreme-is-climate-change-to-blame

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/07/10/
627687639/estimated-70-deaths-linked-to-canadas-heat-wave

 

 

 

 

2014

 

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/23/too-hot-to-handle/

 

 

 

 

2013

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/22/
opinion/our-coming-food-crisis.html

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/01/
us/heat-wave-in-the-west-brings-fires-travel-delays-and-a-death.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ocean heat wave        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2023/07/19/
1188349149/as-seas-get-hotter-south-florida-gets-slammed-
by-an-ocean-heat-wave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

punishing heat wave        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2023/07/15/
1187979027/heat-wave-southwest-california-phoenix-las-vegas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

intense heatwave        USA

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jun/18/
burning-planet-why-are-the-worlds-heatwaves-getting-more-intense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

intense heatwave        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2022/06/16/
1105482394/cattle-kansas-heat-wave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

blistering heatwaves        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jul/30/
total-climate-meltdown-inevitable-heatwaves-global-catastrophe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

deadly heat wave        USA
 

https://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/01/
us/heat-wave-in-the-west-brings-fires-travel-delays-and-a-death.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mega-heat waves        USA

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/20/
us/100-degree-weather.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

grip        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2023/06/28/
1184677011/heat-wave-climate-change-el-nino-texas

 

https://www.npr.org/2023/06/20/
1183149235/power-outages-continue-across-the-southern-u-s-
as-a-heat-wave-grips-texas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

hit        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2023/07/15/
1187979027/heat-wave-southwest-california-phoenix-las-vegas

 

https://www.npr.org/2023/06/28/
1184677011/heat-wave-climate-change-el-nino-texas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

get slammed by an ocean heat wave        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2023/07/19/
1188349149/as-seas-get-hotter-
south-florida-gets-slammed-by-an-ocean-heat-wave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ocean temperatures > soar        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2023/07/17/
1188042802/climate-scientists-are-alarmed-
by-record-water-temperatures-off-of-floridas-coas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

global catastrophe        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jul/30/
total-climate-meltdown-inevitable-heatwaves-global-catastrophe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

heat apocalypse        USA

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jul/18/
heat-apocalypse-warning-western-france-thousands-flee-wildfire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

hellfire        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2022/jul/20/
hellfire-what-the-papers-say-about-uks-hottest-ever-day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

reach 115 degrees Fahrenheit        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2022/07/22/
1112724801/heat-warning-heat-wave-advisory-power-grid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

in 40C        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/jul/17/
uk-heatwave-how-to-keep-cool-and-stay-safe-in-40c

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 19, 2022 > record 40.3C temperature        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2022/jul/20/
hellfire-what-the-papers-say-about-uks-hottest-ever-day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

blanket        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2022/07/22/
1112724801/heat-warning-heat-wave-advisory-power-grid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bake        USA

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/08/24/
world/europe/europe-heat-wave-spain-italy-france.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

roast        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/06/28/
1010836214/all-time-records-fall-
as-a-heat-wave-roasts-the-northwest-u-s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scorch

 

https://www.reuters.com/pictures/
pictures-heatwave-scorches-pakistan-2024-05-28/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scorch        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2022/aug/15/
six-ways-heatproof-garden-provide-shade-make-compost-leave-weeds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scorch        USA

 

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/07/12/
us/us-heat-wave

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/06/26/
1010610240/record-heat-wave-
set-to-scorch-pacific-northwest-to-southern-california

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scorching heat        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2022/jul/19/
earth-sends-a-warning-how-the-papers-covered-the-uks-scorching-heat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scorching heatwave        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2006/jul/23/
weather.theobserver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scorching weather        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/06/19/
1008248475/the-record-temperatures-enveloping-the-west-
is-not-your-average-heat-wave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

endure scorching temps        USA

 

https://www.npr.org/2023/07/15/
1187921476/las-vegas-could-break-heat-record

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

scorched        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2022/aug/04/
scorched-britain-the-july-heatwave-
in-pictures - Guardian pictures gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

searing heat        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/jul/18/
uk-weather-heatwave-boris-johnson-checked-out-airport-runways-closed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canada > unrelenting heat        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/01/
lytton-wildfire-heatwave-british-columbia-canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canada, USA > high-pressure zones / "heat domes"        UK / USA

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/08/
heat-dome-canada-pacific-northwest-animal-deaths

 

https://www.npr.org/2021/06/19/
1008248475/the-record-temperatures-enveloping-the-west-
is-not-your-average-heat-wave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

extreme heat        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jul/19/
pools-of-sunscreen-litres-of-water-extreme-heat-around-the-uk-photo-essay

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/gallery/2022/jul/18/
extreme-heat-in-the-uk-
in-pictures - Guardian pictures gallery

 

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what-will-it-take-for-the-uk-to-adapt-to-extreme-heat-
podcast - Guardian podcast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wave of extreme heat        USA

 

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us/heat-wave-older-people.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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unforgiving heat wave        USA

 

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amid a relentless heat wave        USA

 

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record heat wave        USA

 

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record-breaking heat wave        USA

 

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Canada > record-breaking heat        UK

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/01/
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record temperatures        USA

 

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1008248475/the-record-temperatures-enveloping-the-west-
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new UK record temperature of 38.7C        UK

 

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trains > rails > buckle        UK

 

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1012467409/hundreds-are-believed-to-have-died-
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https://www.nytimes.com/2023/08/31/
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1012467409/hundreds-are-believed-to-have-died-
during-the-pacific-northwest-heat-wave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

heatwave > Japan, South Korea        USA

 

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Overheating Britain:

April temperatures break all records
 

Will this be the summer
when Britain reaches 40°C
and the effects of climate change
are painfully brought home

 

Published: 28 April 2007
The New York Times
By Michael McCarthy,
Environment Editor

 

The possibility is growing that Britain in 2007 may experience a summer of unheard-of high temperatures, with the thermometer even reaching 40C, or 104F,a level never recorded in history.

The likelihood of such a "forty degree summer" is being underlined by the tumbling over the past year of a whole series of British temperature records, strongly suggesting that the British Isles have begun to experience a period of rapid, not to say alarming, warming. This would be quite outside all historical experience, but entirely consistent with predictions of climate change.

The Met Office's Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research, in a joint forecast with the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, has already suggested that 2007 will be the hottest year ever recorded globally.

Its long-term forecast for this summer in Britain is much more cautious, merely predicting that temperatures this year will be "above average". However, the suite of new records for the UK established in the past 12 months, culminating in an April of unprecedented high temperatures, is pointing to something new happening to the British climate.

The incredibly warm April days we have been experiencing are not just wonderful, they are downright weird when seen in their seasonal context. Some of them have been 10C hotter, or more, than they should be at this time of the year.

Average maximum temperatures at the end of April in southern England are traditionally about 13C or 14C. This weekend in London and the South-east, the thermometer may hit 26C or even 27C - 79F to 80F.

An air temperature of 80 in April seems to belong to fantasy land. In the childhood of anyone aged over 40, it was a rare enough temperature in August.

Even with its end not yet here, this month is certain to be the hottest April ever recorded. But that's just one of a cascade of British temperature records which are now falling.

Spring 2007 (defined as March, April and May) will probably be Britain's hottest spring. It has followed the second-warmest winter in the UK record (December, January and February) and the warmest-ever autumn (September, October and November 2006).

Before that, we had Britain's hottest-ever month (July last year), which included the hottest-ever July day (19 July, when the temperature at Wisley, Surrey, reached 36.5C, or 97.7F, beating a record that had lasted since 1911).

To crown it all, yesterday the Met Office announced that the past 12 months, taken together, have been the hottest 12 months ever to have occurred in Britain, with a provisional mean temperature of 10.4C. The previous record (March 1997 to April 1998) was 9.7C.

This leap of nearly three-quarters of a degree is huge and should make everybody consider whether a major shift in Britain's climate is becoming visible. To answer Yes to that question is by no means unreasonable.

It raises the possibility that in 2007 Britain may experience for the first time the sort of "extreme event" heatwave that supercomputer models of climate predict will hit Britain as global warming takes hold.

A heatwave of this nature hit northern and central France in the first two weeks of August 2003 and caused 18,000 excess deaths (part of a total of 35,000 excess deaths in a wider area including Switzerland, northern Italy and southern Germany). Many of the dead were old people with breathing difficulties who collapsed when night-time temperatures never dropped below the 80s Fahrenheit.

The temperatures recorded during this episode were so far above the statistical record that it is accepted by meteorological scientists as having been caused by climate change - and is regarded as one of its first manifestations in Europe.

Even though Britain was not at the centre of the heatwave, the UK temperature record was resoundingly smashed by it. On 10 August 2003, the 100F mark was breached for the first time ever, with a reading of 38.5C, or 101.3F, at Brogdale, near Faversham in Kent.

The previous record had been 37.1C, or 98.8F, set on 3 August 1990 at Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, and thus the jump was 1.4 degrees Centigrade or 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit, an absolutely enormous leap.

Despite the astonishing April, the natural variability of the climate is such that there is no guarantee whatsoever that the 2003 record will be broken this summer. But the indications are pointing that way. And if 2007 summer temperatures do go even higher, hitting the 40C/104F mark, there might well be severe problems for the public services, not just with drought and water shortages, but with large-scale heat exhaustion.

A side effect might well be to make it extremely hard for people who do not accept that climate change is happening to deny the reality of a warming world.

"The effects of temperature rise are being experienced on a global scale," Dr Debbie Hemming, a climate scientist at the Hadley Centre, said last night.

"Many of the regions that are projected to experience the largest climate changes are already vulnerable to environmental stress from resource shortages, rapid urbanisation, population rise and industrial development."

If you want to bet on the temperature exceeding the 100F mark this summer, Ladbrokes will only quote odds of 3-1.

The bookies aren't stupid. And they may well be right.

 

 

 

Overheating Britain

* The winter of 2006-2007

was the UK's second-hottest ever

* Autumn 2006 was the hottest ever

* July 2006 was Britain's hottest ever month

* Hottest ever 12-month period:

31 April 2006 to 1 May 2007
(provisional mean temperature: 10.4C)

* Previous hottest:

31 March 1997 to 1 April 1998 (9.7C)

Overheating Britain: April temperatures break all records,
I,
28.4.2007,
http://news.independent.co.uk/
environment/climate_change/article2491773.ece - broken link

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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